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Brazil Beat Mexico on Penalties to Reach Olympic Final

Brittany Jordan

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Brazil players celebrate winning the penalty shootout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s semi-final football match between Mexico and Brazil at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima city, Ibaraki, Japan, on Aug. 3, 2021. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

TOKYO—Defending champions Brazil reached the final of the men’s Olympic football competition on Tuesday, beating Mexico 4–1 on penalties after the game ended goalless after extra-time.

Brazil went close to settling the match inside 90 minutes when Richarlison struck the post with a glancing header in the 82nd minute.

But when it came to the shootout, they had their keeper Santos to thank for a fine save to keep out Eduardo Aguirre’s spot-kick and after Mexico’s Johan Vasquez hit the post, Brazil just need to keep their cool.

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Mexico players line up at the start of the penalty shoot-out during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s semi-final football match between Mexico and Brazil at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima city, Ibaraki, Japan, on Aug. 3, 2021. (Henry Romero/Reuters)

Reiner’s right-footed shot into the bottom corner ensured victory for the team captained by 38-year-old former Barcelona full back Dani Alves.

Brazil will face the winners of Tuesday’s other semi-final between Spain and Japan in Saitama.

By Simon Evans

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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