Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza was forced off with a thigh injury again as Spain defeated the Ivory Coast in extra-time to advance to the semifinal stage of the Tokyo 2020 football tournament.
Mingueza was injured in Spain’s opening match of the Olympics against Egypt and missed the following two group stage games. He was cleared by the medical staff to return for the Last Eight but had a relapse in the first 10 minutes and had to be substituted.
The La Liga season begins in two weeks, and Barça will be hoping that Mingueza’s injury isn’t serious and he will be available for the opening match against Real Sociedad.
Without Mingueza, the two other Barcelona players involved in the tournament for La Roja, Eric García and Pedri, took part in a thrilling 120-minute game that ended with a 5-2 win for Spain thanks to a hat-trick by Rafa Mir. Spain’s opponents in the semifinal will be Japan who defeated New Zealand on penalties in the other quarterfinal.