TOKYO: Defending champions Brazil are through to the final of the men’s Olympic football competition after beating Mexico 4-1 on penalties on Tuesday after the game ended goalless after extra time.
Brazil went close to settling the match within 90 minutes when Richarlison struck the post with a glancing header in the 82nd minute.
However, when it came to the shootout, their keeper Santos did a fine save to keep out Eduardo Aguirre’s spot-kick and after Mexico’s Johan Vasquez hit the post, Brazil just needed to keep their cool.
Reiner’s right-footed shot into the bottom corner ensured victory for the team captained by 38-year-old former Barcelona full-back Dani Alves.
The Brazil team will face the winners of Tuesday’s other semifinal between Spain and Japan in Saitama. – Reuters
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