Defending champions Brazil reached the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic football tournament on Wednesday after beating Saudi Arabia 3-1 and helped him to the top of Group D, while the 2016 silver medalist Germany was eliminated after a 1-1 draw against Ivory Coast.
Brazil striker Richarlison, who scored a hat-trick in the opening match against Germany, headed the 2-1 before scoring all three points at Saitama Stadium with his fifth goal in the games.
It took the South Americans just 14 minutes to take the lead when striker Matheus Cunha nodded past goalkeeper Amin Albukhari after a Claudinho corner, but Saudi Arabia headed defender Abdulelah Alamri to make it 1-1 after a free kick.
Without the firepower of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus from the 2016 Games, Brazil scored four goals against Germany but struggled in a goalless draw with Ivory Coast and their inconsistency was once again evident.
Guilherme Arana, Diego Carlos and Antony failed to take advantage of their chances in the first half and Cunha hit the post after the break as already eliminated Saudi Arabia Brazil frustrated before Richarlison’s brace.
Quarterfinals of the Men’s Olympic Football Games
- Spain v Ivory Coast – Kick-off 9am (Miyagi Stadium, Rifu)
- Japan vs. New Zealand – Kick-off 10 a.m. (Kashima Stadium, Kashima)
- Brazil v Egypt 11am kick-off (Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama)
- South Korea-Mexico Kick-off 12 noon (Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama)
Ivory Coast went up to the last eight at the expense of Germanyand secured a 1-1 draw at Miyagi Stadium.
The Africans took the lead in the 67th minute when Benjamin Henrichs tried a tackle in the six-yard box and finally pushed the ball into his own net. But the substitute Eduard Loewen scored six minutes later with a free kick.
Germany increased the pressure in the final stages, but Ivory Coast held second place in the group.
Japan advanced against 10 men after the knockout blow France with a 4-0 win to stay perfect in Group A. Takefusa Kubo, Hiroki Sakai, Koji Miyoshi and Daizen Maeda all scored for the wild hosts, while Randal Kolo Muani was sent off for France.
Spain as the winner of Group C after a 1-1 draw with Argentinawhen Mikel Merino’s goal was destroyed by Tomas Belmonte three minutes from time in the second half.
Egypt joined them after a 2-0 win Australia brought the African team to second place in the group ahead of Argentina due to the goal difference.
South Koreaa striker Hwang Ui-jo scored a hat trick when they hit Honduras 6-0 while New Zealand went through after their goalless draw Romania. Mexico reached after a 3-0 win against also the knockout round South Africa in group A.