Defending Tokyo Olympics men’s soccer champions Brazil returned to the final after beating Mexico 1-1 on penalties on Tuesday after a goalless draw following a 120 minutes game in Kashima. Brazilian goalkeeper Santos saved Eduardo Aguirre from the attack before Johann Vasquez hit the post with Mexico’s second attempt. Danny Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Rainier scored for Brazil, who either await Spain or host Japan in Saturday’s final in Yokohama. Mexico, the 2012 gold medalist, has scored 14 goals in four matches at this year’s tournament – including six in a quarter-final win over South Korea.
The best period against a disciplined Brazil came at the end of the first half, with Luis Romo forcing an excellent save from Santos, with an effort from Uriel Antuna being blocked by Diego Carlos.
Brazilian players celebrated their victory on a penalty kick against Mexico in Kashima on Tuesday. Everton striker Richardson, who scored five goals in the competition, nearly won the game for Brazil just before the end of normal time, but his header came back.
Japan, who defeated New Zealand on penalties in the quarter-finals, made their seventh consecutive appearance in the men’s tournament at the Tokyo Olympics Games.
Spain won the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games. They needed a final leg draw against Ivory Coast in the previous round, before winning 5–2 after extra time.