WATCH: Violence erupts during Argentina-Spain field hockey match on opening day of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, athletes displayed several signs of respect and compassion for their opponents. Whether it was a warm embrace after a hard fight or a simple punch, all Olympians have shown exemplary signs of sportsmanship.


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However, the field hockey match between Argentina and Spain showed an ugly side to the game. As both teams drew in Pool A, their gross foul overshadowed a tough game between two strong teams. .

Argentinian, Spanish players involved in post-match brawl at Tokyo 2020 Olympics


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Although both teams played their first game in Tokyo, the intensity jumped in leaps and bounds in the first quarter. Just eight minutes later, Argentina’s Nahuel Salis picked up the game’s first green card, forcing him to serve a two-minute suspension. Argentina received three green cards and a yellow card.

With the two countries trading tight chances, Argentina scored the first goal in the second quarter of the game. Agustin Alejandro Mazzilli took home the honors with a skillful finish, throwing the ball at Spain goalkeeper Juan Manuel Vivaldi.

Spain fought back in the final quarter, winning a penalty in the 52nd minute. Pau Quemada Cadafalch scored Spain’s equalizer from the resulting penalty corner, ensuring the game ended in a draw.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Hockey – Men’s Pool A – Argentina v Spain – Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – July 24, 2021. Spaniard Miguel Delas reacts in action. REUTERS / Phil Noble

After the match, Spanish player David Alegre was left on the ground due to an exhausting 60 minutes of play. As Argentinian Matias Rey came to help him stretch, Lucas Rossi had other ideas. .

The 36-year-old ran into Alegre and started yelling at Alegre in sheer frustration. However, what followed next was even more shocking. Rossi planted his hockey stick in Alegre’s head, which made the Spaniards extremely furious.

Despite the intensity of their gameplay, this incident overshadowed the fiercely contested 1-1 draw between the teams.


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Rossi received a one-game suspension for his actions

Earlier today, Rossi received a one-game suspension for his dangerous actions towards Alegre. The 36-year-old served his suspension by missing Argentina’s game against Japan earlier today.


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Despite his absence, Argentina lost 2-1 on the evening with Nicolas Keenan and Jose Tolini scoring the goals. Their next match will be against Australia on Tuesday July 27, for which Rossi will be available again.


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As for Spain, they lost a top-level game to New Zealand 4-3 earlier today. However, they have a chance to redeem themselves when they face India on Tuesday. India suffered their biggest loss in Olympic history earlier today, losing 7-1 to Australia.

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