Brazil to play Spain in men's Olympic soccer gold-medal game

Defending champion Brazil will face Spain for the Olympic gold medal in men’s soccer on Saturday

Brazil goalkeeper Santos stopped Mexico's first penalty from Eduardo Aguirre, and Johan Vasquez's attempt then hit the post. Reinier converted the winning kick to send Brazil into a third successive Olympic final.

Mexico will play Japan for the bronze medal in Saitama on Friday. The gold-medal match is set for the following day in Yokohama.

“Spain is coming with its maximum force,” Brazil coach Andre Jardine said. “They’ve formed a strong team over the course of the tournament.”

Spain's only Olympic title came at home — at the 1992 Barcelona Games. The country's last final was at the 2000 Sydney Games, losing to Cameroon.

Brazil, which lost the Copa America final to Argentina last month, is through to a record fifth Olympic final. The 38-year-old defender Dani Alves leads an otherwise youthful squad.


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