Brazil looks to won again Olympic men’s soccer gold, while Spain hopes to continue charmed run.
Spain and Brazil entered this year’s Olympic men’s soccer competition as the pretournament favorites, and things have played out as predicted: The two global soccer stalwarts — here sporting rosters mainly filled with younger players — will meet in Saturday morning’s championship game. Here’s a look at what to expect.
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Brazil become the fifth team to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic men’s football as they beat Spain 2-1 in the final of Tokyo Olympics 2020 men’s football on Saturday at the International Stadium Tokyo in Japan.
Before Brazil, only four men’s teams have won the gold medal in consecutive editions. Great Britain were the first to achieve the feat at the 1908 (London) and 1912 (Stockholm) Olympics.
The last team who had won two back-to-back gold medals were Brazil’s arch-rivals Argentina who won in 2004 and 2008. The most successful team in Olympics football history, Hungary (three gold medals), won two medals back-to-back in 1964 and 1968.
History of winning gold medals in Olympics football?
|Great Britain||1908, 1912|
Brazil were placed in Group D alongside Ivory Coast, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Their campaign began with a 4-2 win over Germany. In their second match, they drew against Ivory Coast but came back strongly in their third game and thrashed Saudi Arabia 3-1.