On Saturday, the past two gold medalists in the Olympic men’s soccer tournament won their respective quarterfinal matches, setting up a semifinal matchup.
Brazil and Mexico triumphed in two distinct types of matches, resulting in a CONCACAF vs. CONMEBOL showdown for a position in the gold-medal final.
With a lone goal from Matheus Cunha, Brazil edged Egypt, while Mexico dominated South Korea, scoring six goals in a nine-goal thriller.
The semifinal match between the Selecao and El Tri, two of Japan’s best teams, should be one of the best events of the whole Summer Olympics.
Japan and Spain won the other two quarterfinal matches. Spain scored three goals in extra time to get past the Ivory Coast. Japan knocked out New Zealand on penalties.
Men’s Soccer Quarterfinal Results
Spain 5, Ivory Coast 2 (AET)
Japan 0, New Zealand 0 (Japan wins 4-2 on penalties)
Brazil 1, Egypt 0
Mexico 6, South Korea 3
Tuesday, August 3
Brazil vs. Mexico (4 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Japan vs. Spain (7 a.m. ET, NBCSN)