The dream of the bi-championship is still alive. The Brazilian men’s soccer team qualified this Tuesday morning (3) for the final after defeating Mexico on penalties by 4-1, since the score of 0-0 remained until the end of overtime. The clash was held at the Ibaraki Kashima stadium, in Kashima city. The Brazilian opponent leaves the confrontation of the other semifinal today (3), between Japan and Spain.
It’s FINAAAAAAAAAAAAL ⚽️
Let’s fight for the Olympic bi-championship!
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— Team Brazil (@timebrasil) August 3, 2021
Brazilians Daniel Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimarães and Reinier converted their beats, as did Mexican defensive midfielder Carlos Rodrígues. Already Eduardo Aguirre and Vásquez wasted the submissions.
This is the fifth Olympic final for the Brazilian men’s soccer team. He won silver three times: in Los Angeles 1984 (against France), Seoul 1988 (against the Soviet Union) and in London 2012 (against Mexico). In Rio 2016, Brazil took the gold medal against Germany, at Maracanã.
Brazil dominated the game for most of the first half. But the first opportunity came from the Mexicans. On minute 8, after a corner kick, Henry Martín headed Santos goalkeeper to the right. Five minutes later, at 13, it was the turn of the team led by André Jardine to respond in a cross kick by left-back Guilherme Arana.
At 22, captain Daniel Alves took a strong free kick, provoking goalkeeper Ochoa’s defense. After so much pressure, referee Gerogi Kabakov (Bulgaria) scored a penalty at 27, when Douglas Luiz was brought down by Esquível. However, the judge consulted the video referee and reversed the decision, canceling the penalty.
With five minutes left before the break, the Mexicans grew in the match and almost opened the scoreboard. At 41, in a counterattack, Romo received it inside the area and kicked hard, forcing a difficult defense from Santos.
In the second half, with less than a minute of the ball rolling, Martín submitted strong, long-distance. A poisonous ball, but Santos, attentive, managed to make the defence. At 20, Antony, from Brazil, kicked low in the right corner of Ochoa, this time lacked strength to make life difficult for the goalkeeper.
The most dangerous move of the clash came at 36 in a header by striker Richarlison into Mexico’s right post. If the ball went in, it could have been the goal of access to the final of the Olympic Games.
ON THE BREAST, ON THE GRASS, ON THE BREED! THIS IS BRAZIL!
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— CBF Football (@CBF_Futebol) August 3, 2021
After the score went 0-0 during normal time, the dispute continued into overtime. In the first half, the most dangerous move was a long-distance crossed shot by Arana, which left the Mexican goal.
After the break, the clash continued in the same way, with the two teams more conservative. They studied each other until the end of the game, which ended in a penalty shootout.
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