Brazil cannot score again, ties Iraq 0-0

Brazil cannot score again, ties Iraq 0-0

Brazil South Africa Olympic soccer

Host nation Brazil could not get back on track after its disappointing Olympic opener as it played to its second scoreless draw against Iraq.

Iraq got the first scoring chance of the match in the 12th minute as Mohanad Abdul Raheem nearly scored off a flick-on header, but his attempt deflected off the post.

Brazil didn’t have too much significant movement going forward until Neymar had a long range attempt sail just over the crossbar in the 20th minute.

Neymar had another chance at goal ten minutes later. He leapt over an Iraq defender and won a header in the box, but could not put it on target.

Neymar’s chance started a wave of pressure from Brazil as Iraq had to clear the ball off the line from a corner kick and Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus sent a shot a few feet wide of the goal.

Just before halftime, Renato Augusto nearly gave Brazil the lead. He gathered a deflected Neymar free kick and struck a shot off the crossbar.

In the second half, Brazil controlled the majority of possession but struggled to convert its chances while Iraq played on the counter attack.

In stoppage time, Augusto received a cross with a wide open net, but he could not get his shot on target.

Brazil has now had two consecutive games without a goal.

Both Brazil and Iraq head into their final group stage matches with two points. The teams are even on goal differential as well.

Brazil faces Denmark in its next match while Iraq takes on South Africa. Both matches will be played on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET.

In order to advance to the quarterfinals Brazil must get a positive result in its third group stage match.

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