Brazil defeat Mexico
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The Brazil football team has reached the final of the campaign to retain the Olympic football crown. They defeated Mexico in a tiebreaker and reached the final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Brazil won the first semi-final in a 4-1 lead in a penalty shootout at the Kashima Soccer Stadium on Tuesday. The scheduled and extra time fight ended goallessly.

Brazil scored all in their first four shots. But Mexico couldn’t score from their first two shots. Johan Vasquez hit the post after Eduardo’s weak shot returned to Brazil goalkeeper Santos.

In Mexico’s third-shot Carlos Rodriguez could find the net, but in Brazil’s fourth shot, Henia sent the ball into the net, securing a ticket to the final for the team led by Dani Alves.

Brazil could have gone ahead in the tenth minute to create pressure from the start of the match. However, Guillermo Ochoa, a 36-year-old veteran goalkeeper, blocked a shot from Guillermo Arana from the left of the six-yard box.

The referee blew the whistle for the penalty in the 28th minute when Douglas Lewis was challenged by one of the Mexican defenders in their box. Later, however, the decision to change with the help of VAR.

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Mexico was slowly recovering, got a golden opportunity just before the break. But Uriel Antuna could not use the ball in the gap in the D-box. His shot evaded the goalkeeper but Diego Carlos blocked it.

In the 75th minute, a foul incident involved an unnecessary push between the two sides. The referee came and calmed the atmosphere.

Richardson, who scored five goals in the group stage, had a great chance to close the gap in the 62nd minute, but couldn’t score it for his unfortunate. The Everton Forward Jumped and headed the cross of Dani Alves which hit the inside of the post but didn’t find the net.

Brazil’s dream of winning their first gold medal was shattered when they lost to Mexico in the final of the 2012 London Olympics. In the next session, they get that elusive taste in the home field. Their goal is now to maintain excellence.

In the final, Brazil will play the winner of the second semi-final between Japan and Spain.

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