OLYMPIC GAMES

Mexico to battle for bronze after losing to Brazil in the semi-final

Mexico missed the first two penalties and lost 4-1 in the semi-final of the men’s Olympic soccer tournament after a goalless draw after 120 minutes.

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Mexico to battle for bronze after losing to Brazil in the semi-final

The gold medal dream is over for Mexico who will try to end the men’s Olympic soccer tournament by winning bronze on Friday night. The CONCACAF side faced Brazil in the semi-final of the campaign and played exceptionally well for 120 minutes.

Brazil unable to score past Ochoa

Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa was kept busy by a dominant Brazil during the first 45 minutes - including a save from a powerful Dani Alves free-kick. Mexico had a clear chance to score in the second half after a counterattack led by Luis Romo.

The Cruz Azul midfielder entered the box after receiving a through ball but his shot was saved Brazil’s goalkeeper Santos. Richarlison was a constant threat for Mexico the entire game, but he couldn’t find the back of the net in the few chances he had.

After 120 minutes both teams had to settle for penalties after being unable to score a late winning goal. In the penalties, Mexico missed the first two and Dani Alves, Bruno Guimares and Reinier scored for Brazil to win 4-1. Brazil moves on to the final to face Spain and Mexico will play against Japan for the third place match on 6 August.