Tokyo Olympics: Brazil edge Mexico on penalties to reach men’s football final

Brazil gamers have fun their penalty shootout victory over Mexico in Kashima on Tuesday.© AFP

Reigning Olympic men’s football champions Brazil sealed a return to the final as they defeated Mexico 4-1 on penalties on Tuesday following a goalless draw after 120 minutes in Kashima. Brazil goalkeeper Santos saved from Eduardo Aguirre within the shootout earlier than Johan Vasquez smacked the submit with Mexico’s second try. Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier all scored for Brazil, who await both Spain or hosts Japan in Saturday’s final in Yokohama. Mexico, the 2012 gold medallists, had scored 14 targets in 4 matches on this 12 months’s match — together with six of their quarter-final win over South Korea.

Their greatest interval in opposition to a disciplined Brazil got here on the finish of the primary half as Luis Romo compelled a wonderful save from Santos, with Uriel Antuna’s goalbound effort then blocked by Diego Carlos.

Everton ahead Richarlison, the competitors’s prime scorer with 5 targets, almost gained the sport for Brazil simply earlier than the top of regular time however his glancing header bounced again off the submit.


Japan, who beat New Zealand on penalties within the quarter-finals, are making their seventh consecutive look within the men’s match on the Olympic Games.

Spain gained gold on the 1992 Games in Barcelona. They wanted a last-gasp equaliser in opposition to Ivory Coast within the earlier spherical earlier than prevailing 5-2 after additional time.

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