CM – Olympia: Richarlison’s goals bring Brazil a 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia

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Brazil started the day at the top of Group D, which includes Germany and Ivory Coast, but needed a win or a draw to advance.

Published: July 28, 2021 3:52 PM |

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Brazil’s Reinier, Top, and Saudi Arabia’s Abdulbasit Hindi battle for the ball during a men’s soccer game at the 2020 Summer Olympics. (Photo | AP)

SAITAMA: Richarlison scored two goals and Brazil reached the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic football tournament on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia.

Brazil started the day at the top of Group D, which includes Germany and the Ivory Coast, but needed a win or a tie to advance.

Matheus Cunha gave Brazil the lead in the 14th minute, but Abdulelah Almari equalized with a video-reviewed goal in the 27th minute.

Richarlison, the Everton goal plays, scored a header in the 76th and then added his second in stoppage time. He now has five goals in the Tokyo games.

The Brazilians play without Neymar, who helped the team to gold five years ago at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, but with the senior team at the recent Copa America started. Brazil’s squad for the Tokyo Olympics includes Dani Alves as one of its older exceptions.

Mina Tanaka scored the only goal Tuesday to help Japan beat Chile 1-0 and a quarter-final against Sweden in Olympic football of the women.

The hosts finished third in Group E, but still made it through to the knockout phase. Great Britain and Canada, who drew 1-1 in the other game, finished in the first two places.

Great Britain took first place in the women’s Olympic football tournament on Tuesday with an own goal in the final minutes in a 1-1 draw against Canada Fought in his group.

Adriana Leon scored in the 55th minute and gave Canada the lead before the equalizer in the 85th minute. Great Britain had already secured a place in the knockout stage with wins in the first two games of Group E.

Great Britain will next face Australia in the quarter-finals in Kashima, while Canada face Brazil in Rifu. The runner-up in Group F. Brazil defeated Zambia 1-0 in the last game on Tuesday.

Canada spared captain Christine Sinclair, the best international goalscorer of all time. She wasn’t among the 18 to get dressed for the game.

Lieke Martens, Lineth Beerensteyn and Vivianne Miedema each scored two goals and the Netherlands made it to the quarter-finals with an 8-2 win over China on Tuesday of the Olympic women’s football tournament.

The Dutch ended Group F and will meet the USA in the quarter-finals in Yokohama on Friday, preparing a new edition of the 2019 World Cup final.

The Dutch were even at the top with Brazil of Group F, but kept the lead on first place due to the goal difference. The 21 goals scored by the Netherlands in the three group matches broke the record of 16 tournament goals for the USA in 2012. Shanice van de Sanden and Victoria Pelova also scored for the Netherlands. China scored goals from Wang Shanshan and Wang Yenwan.

Miedema has so far achieved a record eight goals in the tournament, breaking the mark of six from Canadian superstar Christine Sinclair.

The Netherlands reached in two years ago France the World Cup final, but lost to the USA. The Tokyo Games are the first ever Olympic Games in the Netherlands.

China, ranked 15th in the world and taking part in its fifth Olympic Games, was eliminated after defeat.

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