The first semi-final of the men’s football tournament was not entitled to goals for 120 minutes, but was entitled to an earthquake. Final will be between Brazil and Spain.
O Brazil will be in the final of the Olympic Games, in the men’s football tournament. This Friday, the Brazilians got the better of the Mexico but they only won on penalties. And while waiting for a penalty shoot-out, something unusual happened at this level: an earthquake.
The earth tends to shake in Japan and this time there was a 5.1 n Richter scale earthquake, on the east coast of the Asian country. The earthquake was felt at Kashima Stadium, where this semi-final took place, caused some concern in the stands but there is no record of damage, neither in the stadium nor elsewhere.
On the field, Brazilians and Mexicans spent 120 minutes without scoring a goal. In the great penalties, no Brazilian failed, while only one Mexican scored, as Eduardo Aguirre and Johan Vásquez wasted their chances. final victory by 4-1.
will be the third consecutive final for Brazil at the Olympic Games. In London 2012 he won the silver medal, in Rio 2016 he was champion at home. And it will be the fourth consecutive podium in this tournament: he won bronze medal in Beijing 2008.
This time, the Brazilians’ opponents in the final will be the Spain. Shortly after Brazil-Mexico, another 90-minute goalless semi-final between Spain and the host team Japan.
However, this game played at the Saitama Stadium did not reach penalties because, in the second half of extra time, a big golo by Marco Asensio defined the final result.
This is the summer of extra time for Spain in men’s football: three at the 2020 European Championship and two at the Tokyo Olympics.
Brazil and Spain will compete in the most anticipated final, in the next Saturday. The day before, Mexico and Japan will fight for the bronze medal.
Nuno Teixeira, ZAP //