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Olympics 2020: Semi-Finals Preview and Prediction

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After a difficult test in the group stage and the quarter-finals, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and Spain have made it to the Olympics semifinals.

The defending champions Brazil beat 10 man Egypt squad to progress to the final four of the competition.

Meanwhile, Spain beat Ivory Coast in a thrilling game. This game went write down to the wire and Spain managed to come out on top.

Also, the hosts’ Japan played New Zealand in the quarter-finals and managed to sneak their way into the top four after a penalty shoot-out.

Meanwhile, the best game of the quarter-finals was Mexico taking on South Korea. The two sides went goal for goal in the tie. Mexico scored 6 past South Korean to march into the final four.

Olympics 2020 Semi-Finals: Brazil vs Mexico

Rio 2016 gold medalist Brazil would like to defend their crown against a strong Mexican side. Everton star Richarlison has been one of the brightest players and has scored 5 goals in the tournament. The winger provided an important assist to Matheus Cunha whose striker helped Brazil make it to the Olympics Semis.

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However, the semi-final is not an easy challenge for the Brazilian side. They take on the mighty Mexican side. Mexico are heading into this fixture with a strong 6-3 win against South Korea. They have already scored 14 goals in 4 goals at the Olympics 2020.

Predicted Line-up:

Brazil: Santos, Dani Alves, Guilherme Arana, Diego Carlos, Nino, Bruno Guimaraes, Douglas Luiz, Mathues Cunha, Antony, Claudinho, Richarlison

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Jorge Sanchez, Johan Vásquez, Cesar Montes, Vladimir Lorona, Luis Romo, Henry Martin, Alexis Vega, Uriel Antuna, Sebastian Cordova, Joaquin Esquivel

Spain vs Japan:

The Spanish side saw off Ivory Coast in the quarter-final in a nerve-wracking encounter with the game moving into extra time. Also, the Spanish side managed to get the better of the African side and march into the semis. Now they are set to face the hosts’ Japan.

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Meanwhile, Japan are not a side that can be taken lightly, the Real Madrid teenage sensation Kubo is set to steal the show. The young side faced a tough New Zealand team and won 4-2 in the penalty shootouts.

Predicted Line-ups

Spain: Unai Simon, Vallejo Jesus, Pau Torres, Martin Zubimendi, Marco Asensio,
Mikel Merino, Mikel Oyarzabal, Dani Olmo, Eric Garcia, Pedri, Juan Miranda

Japan: Kosei Tani, Maya Yoshida, Wataru Endo, Takefusa Kubo, Ritsu Doan, Reo Hatete, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Daiki Hashioka, Yuki Soma, Ao Tanaka, Daichi Hayashi

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