Brazil vs. Denmark
Brazil faced off against Denmark in its final group stage match in need of three points to earn a quarterfinal berth.
After struggling through its first two matches, Brazil found its form defeating Denmark 4-0 and qualifying for the quarterfinals as Group A winner.
In the 13th minute, Neymar sent in a free kick that found Rodrigo Caio who had his shot blocked by Danish goalkeeper Jeppe Hojbjerg.
After over 200 minutes of game play without a goal Brazil finally got on the board through Gabriel Barbosa, also known as Gabigol.
Brazil’s Douglas Santos sent in a cross from the left side of the field that found Gabigol who scored to give Brazil a 1-0 lead.
Then in the 40th minute, Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus doubled his team’s lead as the teams went to halftime with Brazil leading 2-0.
Brazil added to its lead at the start of the second half after a nice sequence of passing. Neymar received the ball at the top of the box and chipped the ball over the defense to Santos who sent in a cross to Luan for a tap-in goal, making it 3-0.
In the 70th minute, there was a scare for Brazil as Neymar went down after twisting his ankle. He walked gingerly off the field, but was able to return and play the rest of the match.
Brazil capped off its win with a goal in the 80th minute by Gabigol, his second of the match, giving Brazil a 4-0 victory.
South Africa vs. Iraq
South Africa and Denmark played on Match Day 3 of the Olympic men’s soccer tournament with both in need of a win to have a chance to qualify for the quarterfinals.
The two teams tied 1-1 and both were eliminated from quarterfinal contention as a result of Brazil’s victory.
In the sixth minute, after Iraq was unable to clear a cross the ball fell to South Africa’s Gift Motupa who scored to give his team the lead.
It didn’t take long for Iraq to respond. In the 14th minute, Iraq captain Saad Luaibi headed in a corner to equalize.
After exchanging goals, Iraq dominated the run of play throughout the rest of the first half and into the second half.
Iraq continued to put pressure on South Africa in the latter stages of the match, but could not take the lead as the match ended 1-1.
In total, Iraq recorded 29 shots and nine on goal.