Brazil reach quarter-finals, Argentina knocked-out

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By BBC

Brazil reached the quarter-finals of Olympics men’s football with an impressive 4-0 win against Denmark.

Gabriel Barbosa got the first with a scrappy finish before new Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus volleyed in.

Luan then finished off a fine team move before Barbosa’s deflected strike ensured Brazil went through as Group A winners.

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However, Argentina and London 2012 champions Mexico failed join them in the last eight.

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Argentina finished third in Group D after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Honduras, while Mexico were beaten 1-0 by South Korea.

Brazil will play Colombia in the last eight, while Denmark still go through despite the defeat after a 1-1 draw between South Africa and Iraq meant they finished second in the group.

Hosts Brazil had come in for criticism after a lacklustre start to the tournament in which they were held to goalless draws by South Africa and Iraq.

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Neymar’s form in particular had frustrated Brazilian fans, but the Barcelona forward looked more like himself against Denmark, with a beautiful chipped pass in the build-up to his side’s third a notable highlight.

Germany finished the group stage in dominant fashion as they beat Fiji 10-0.

Freiburg forward Nils Petersen hit five goals, Schalke midfielder Max Meyler grabbed a hat-trick and Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry scored twice as Germany finished second in Group C to set up a last-eight match with Portugal.

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The Portuguese finished top of Group D after drawing 1-1 with Algeria in Belo Horizonte.

Colombia progressed after beating Group B winners Nigeria 2-0. That result ended Japan’s hopes of going through as they finished third in the group, despite beating Sweden 1-0.

 

 

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