Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Men's Olympic Soccer: Previews and Predictions for Semifinal Games

The soccer tournament at the 2012 London Olympics is now heading into the semifinal round, with both games being played on Tuesday, August 7. Mexico and Japan meet in the first match at 5 p.m. local time. Both teams finished group play with a pair of wins and one tie to move on to the quarterfinals. Mexico won a hard-fought contest over Senegal with a pair of extra time goals to come away with a 4-2 win. Japan had an easier time in the quarterfinals, notching an easy 3-0 win over hapless Egypt.

Brazil was the only team in the tournament to win every group play match, and followed up its opening dominance with a comeback 3-2 win against Honduras. Korea moved on from group play despite winning just one game and drawing the other two. The Koreans narrowly advanced past hometown Great Britain by winning a penalty shootout 5-4.

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