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Olympics: Brazil facing the Mexican challenge in the semi-finals


The Brazilian defending champions will challenge Mexico for a place in the final after ruling out Egypt this Saturday (1-0). The other half will oppose Spain to Japan.

Brazil, crowned at home in Rio in 2016, qualified for the semi-finals of the men's soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday and will face Mexico, while the other final four match will pit Spain against Japan. The current top scorer of the competition Richarlison (5 goals) remained silent with the Olympic Seleçao against Egypt, but he offered an assist to the Hertha Berlin striker, Cunha, author of the only goal of the meeting (1-0, 37th). It is now Mexico which awaits the team of Dani Alves (38) on Tuesday. The Mexicans, Olympic champions in 2012, largely beat South Korea (6-3), bronze medalist in London. As often since the start of the tournament, Guillermo Ochoa's teammates have shaken the nets,this time with six goals signed Henry Martin (12th, 54th), Luis Romo (30th), Sebastian Cordova (39th sp, 63rd) and Eduardo Aguirre (84th) against a South Korean double from Lee Kang-in (20th, 51st) and a goal from Bordeaux Hwang Ui-jo (90th + 1).

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To rise to the half, Spain had to go through an extension against Côte d'Ivoire (5-2 ap). The Spanish selection, with six players who played the last Euro, has long been hung by Ivorians who had already held in check Brazil and Germany during the group stage. Manchester United defender Eric Bailly opened the scoring for the Ivorians (1-0, 10th). Dani Olmo took advantage of a defensive error and a returning post to equalize (1-1, 30th). The Elephants believed to secure their place in the semifinals thanks to the goal of their captain Max-Alain Gradel in added time (2-1, 90th + 1), but the incoming Rafa Mir snatched the equalizer in the wake after a scramble of the Ivorian defense (2-2, 90th + 3). Faced with somewhat demobilized Ivorians,the Spaniards then went into overtime thanks to a penalty from Mikel Oyarzabal (3-2, 98th), then two new goals from Mir (4-2, 117th; 5-2, 120th). The Spaniards will meet the Japanese in the semi-finals, pushed on penalties by a valiant New Zealand team (0-0, 4 tab to 2). The Japanese continue their good career at home after finishing at the top of their group with three victories, the last of which is 4-0 against France.

Men's quarter-final results:

Spain - Ivory Coast 5-2 ap

Japan - New Zealand 0-0 (4 tab to 2)

Brazil - Egypt 1-0

South Korea - Mexico 3-6

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-07-31

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