The Debrief: King Kai reigns again as Blues wear down Palmeiras to win gold

The strike was the 22-year-old’s solitary effort on target all night, alongside three off target and one blocked. Our collective shot count finished on 22, twice as many as our Brazilian opposition, although just three of those were on target.

Measured in the middle

Key to our control were the midfield duo of N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, whose energy and efforts were relentless throughout. The Frenchman made six tackles and one interception during the 120 minutes of play, completing 89 per cent of his 105 passes.

Meanwhile Kovacic, who was replaced at the start of extra-time, chipped in with four tackles of his own and helped drive the team forward from the centre of the field.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.