Brazil and Spain will contest the men’s gold medal game at the Olympic Games on Saturday August 7th in Yokohama after winning their respective semi-finals, while Mexico and hosts Japan battle for the bronze medal 24 hours earlier.

After Great Britain, Hungary and Argentina, Brazil wants to become only the fourth reigning champion in the 121-year history of the men’s Olympic competition in order to successfully defend its title.

Spain, meanwhile, are hoping for their first Olympic gold since 1992, when a team with Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique emerged victorious on home soil. This is guaranteed to be her first football medal of any color since winning silver in 2000.

Brazil won a one-sided penalty shootout against Mexico

Brazil won a one-sided penalty shootout against Mexico / Buda Mendes / Getty Images

It took Brazil 120 minutes and a penalty shoot-out to successfully defeat Mexico and take revenge for their shock defeat in the 2012 gold medal game nine years ago.

Brazil have tightened possession at Kashima Stadium. But while both teams were creating scoring opportunities, nothing could separate the two teams in 90 minutes or in extra time.

It was Brazil that went first on penalties, relying on veteran star Dani Alves for an early lead and he did not disappoint. Mexico’s Eduardo Aguirre saw his attempt saved before Gabriel Martinelli doubled Brazil’s lead and Johan Vasquez hit the post.

Bruno Guimaraes and Carlos Rodriguez then scored for both teams, giving Reinier a chance to get Brazil out of reach with the Selecao fourth penalty, and he duly signed.

Spain were too late to beat hosts Japan in the semi-finals

Spain made it too late to beat hosts Japan in the semi-finals / Francois Nel / Getty Images

After surviving the quarter-finals against Ivory Coast thanks to a desperately late equalizer and a large number of goals in overtime, Spain had to play again half an hour longer after failing to beat Japan in the city of Saitama.

This time the fight was goalless until the final stages of extra time when Marco Asensio delivered the decisive blow. Japan had previously looked threatened on the counterattack while Spaniard Mikel Oyarzabal missed opportunities that could have ended things earlier.

Up to six of the Spanish starting XI played at Euro 2020 this summer, proof of their perseverance after a long 2020/21 club season.

Japan has never won an Olympic medal in men’s football and will have the opportunity to change that here. The closest they came earlier was in fourth place in 2012.

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