Ruling Olympic champions Brazil will protect their men’s football title at Olympic 2020 after thrashing Argentina 3-0 in their qualification match.
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The confidences of the Rio 2016 gold medalists suspended in the balance after they outlined their first two final round games at the South American Football Confederation Pre-Olympic Tournament. Their destiny was still in their individual hands, however, and the conquest over their violent rivals has protected their place in Japan.
Anything less would have seen Uruguay, who had earlier beaten hosts Colombia 3-1, qualify at their expense. Argentina had already qualified for the Games as tournament winners after registration two final round wins.
But they wasted the chance to show home the landmass’s other football powerhouse as they were gusted away at Estadio Alfonso Lopez in Bucaramanga. Brazil ran after 13 minutes when Paulinho latched onto Pedrinho’s hewed pass and slid home an end.
It was 2-0 on the half-hour spot after a clanger from Argentina’s Nehuen Perez. The protector’s weak back-header only found Matheus Cunha, who was able to lob the ball over goalkeeper Facundo Cambyses and end from close variety. Cunha also scored the 3rd on 55 minutes by boring the ball crossways Cambyses and into the corner.
Brazil’s home gold at Rio 2016, after a value shoot-out victory over Germany, was one of the instants of their home Games. Global star Neymar Jr converted the winning spot-kick at the Maracana Stadium. Argentina, who gained the Olympic 2004 title at Athens.
The Uruguayan defeat destined they wanted a favor from Argentina but the country which won Olympic gold in 1924 and 1928 will not play in Tokyo. Ignacio Ramirez Polero devastated home the 11th-minute opener and Juan Manuel Sanabria’s thunderclap made it 2-0 on 53 minutes.
José Luis Rodríguez caught out Colombian keeper Esteban Ruiz with another effort from variety shortly after the hour spot, before Edwin Centre’s free-kick provided a consolation for the hosts with 12 minutes left. A win for Colombia would have also understood them to qualify for Olympic 2020 had Brazil slipped up.