Tokyo Olympics: Brazil Edge Mexico On Penalties To Reach Men’s Football Final

Brazil players celebrate 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 in the shootout before Johan Vasquez smacked the post with Mexico’s second attempt. Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier all scored for Brazil, who await either Spain or hosts Japan in Saturday’s final in Yokohama. Mexico, the 2012 gold medallists,…

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Messi’s Argentina beats Brazil 1-0, wins Copa America title

Two long droughts ended on Saturday at the Copa America final: Argentina won its first major title since 1993 after a 1-0 win against Brazil. And Lionel Messi finally lifted his first major trophy for the national team, filling in one of the biggest gaps in his decorated career. Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass to Angel di Maria. The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi…

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Tokyo Olympics: Football Champions Brazil Held As Andre-Pierre Gignac Rescues France

Reigning champions Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Ivory Coast in the men’s Olympic football competition on Sunday, while Andre-Pierre Gignac’s hat-trick in a 4-3 win over South Africa kept France’s hopes alive. Brazil, who won gold for the first time five years ago on home soil in Rio, could have moved to the brink of qualification for the knock-out stage in Yokohama but were denied by a stubborn Ivory Coast. It could have been worse, though, as they had to play more than an hour with…

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Brazil vs Ivory Coast LIVE: Tokyo 2020 result, final score and reaction

Naomi Osaka lights Olympic cauldron as Tokyo 2020 Games begin Playing with 10 men for most of the game, Brazil held the Ivory Coast to a 0-0 draw on Sunday in the group stage of the men’s Olympic football tournament. Brazil are the defending Olympic champions after winning on home soil at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but they were at a disadvantage early when Douglas Luiz, who plays for Aston Villa, was sent off in the 13th minute. Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi was sent off in the…

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Tokyo Olympics: Australia shocks Argentina, Richarlison nets 3 for Brazil

Two-time Olympic men’s soccer champion Argentina was stunned 2-0 by Australia in their opening game at the Tokyo Games on Thursday. In its first Olympic game since 2008, Australia took the lead through Lachlan Wales’ tap-in the 14th minute at the Sapporo Dome. Argentina had Francisco Ortega sent off after being booked twice late in the first half. Marco Tilio then secured the victory in the 80th, just a minute after coming off the bench. Australia is top of Group C ahead Egypt and Spain, who drew 0-0 in the…

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Brazil vs Germany LIVE: 2020 Tokyo Olympics team news and latest build-up today

Brazil’s Men soccer squad prepare for Olympic debut against Germany After the Women’s tournament kicked off football at the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday – Team GB picking up an impressive victory – the Men’s event has followed suit on Thursday with Mexico and New Zealand among the early winners. Now it’s the turn of two of the most storied international sides to step up as Brazil face Germany in the Nissan Stadium at Yokohama. As usual, these are U23 squads but with three overage players apiece involved – legendary right-back…

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How Argentina defeated Brazil: Tight defence, clipping wings and isolating Neymar

Tight defence: The Argentine backline, led by the error-prone Nicolas Otamendi, has a flakiness about it, but it put on a solid show. Otamendi was inspirational, perhaps his best outing in an Argentina jersey. His tackling and interception were critical in not letting Brazil settle into a rhythm, while he won personal duels with Neymar and Richarlison. Some of his tackles were far from clean, in the grey area between tactical fouls and cynicism. But nothing mattered to him. He was well allied by Cristian Romero. Importantly, both were happy…

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Lionel Messi-Led Argentina Beat Brazil To Win Copa America, End 28-Year Wait

Lionel Messi won his 1st major trophy with the national team as Argentina beat Brazil 1-0.© AFP Superstar Lionel Messi won his first major trophy with his national team as Angel Di Maria’s goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over hosts Brazil in the Copa America final on Saturday. The victory at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium ended Argentina’s 28-year wait for a major trophy, and also ended Brazil’s unbeaten home record that stretched back more than 2,500 days. Argentina had last tasted success at a major tournament…

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Argentina vs Brazil LIVE: Copa America final team news and latest build-up tonight

Brazil and Argentina meet in the final of the Copa America in what represents the glamour match of South American football. It’s Lionel Messi against Neymar Jr at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the Albiceleste are looking to end to a 28-year title drought. Brazil appear to have improved from two years ago when they lifted the Copa America despite the absence of Neymar and a win this evening will represent a 10th South American title. Should Lionel Scaloni inspire his side to victory it will be his…

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Copa America: Brazil and Argentina clash in a tournament final for fifth time

Brazil and Argentina will face off for the fifth time in a tournament final when they determine which team will carry the Copa America trophy out of the Maracana Stadium on Saturday. Brazil holds a 3-1 edge in their 84-year history of matches. 1937 COPA AMERICA: Argentina 2, Brazil 0 The Copa America format was a round-robin tournament and was supposed to have no final. But in 1937 the two arch-rivals finished level with eight points each, and instead of considering goal difference to pick the winner, Brazil and Argentina…

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