Tokyo 2020 - Mexico v Brazil: Men's semi-final, as it happened
Follow live coverage of Mexico's semi-final with Brazil at Tokyo 2020. Mexico won a 6-3 thriller against South Korea in the last eight, while Brazil edged Egypt 1-0. So who will be the first team to book a place in the men's football final? You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
Matheus Cunha #9 of Brazil celebrates his scoring with teammates in the Men's Quarterfinal match between Brazil and Egypt during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Stadium on July 31, 2021 in Saitama, Tokyo, Japan
Powerful effort from Rodriguez to reduce the deficit to 3-1.
Brazil on the brink of victory...
Guimaraes opts for a long run-up and hesitation - an unpopular technique but it works for him. 3-0 Brazil and the uphill battle gets even steeper for Mexico.
Mexico miss again!
Vazquez launches a wild left-footed effort with the outside of his boot and it deflects off the outside of the post. Two penalties and two misses for Mexico.
2-0 Brazil. Martinelli rifles his penalty into the top corner!
Brilliant penalty from the Arsenal man. Ochoa had no chance.
Santos saves it!
Terrible penalty from Aguirre. An awkwardly straight run-up that made it very obvious which way he would shoot and Santos makes a great save to deny him.
Brazil will take first...
Veteran captain Dani Alves is their first taker. It's a short run-up, reminiscent of a 5-a-side penalty but he generates enough power to beat Ochoa with his shot nestling in the bottom left corner! Advantage Brazil.
120' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
One-two between Malcolm and Reinier then Malcom sends in a cross from the byline. It lands in the box but there's not a Brazil player near enough to challenge for it and this match will go to penalties!
114' - Late sub for Brazil
Fresh legs in midfield for the Seleção - Gremio's Matheus Henrique is on for Douglas Luiz, who's been very active in the centre of the park.
112' - Penalty Shout? Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Lainez goes down in the box appealing for a penalty amidst a few couple of Brazil players but it's not given. Risky business Lainez going to ground so easily when he's already on a yellow...
108' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Alves stands over a free-kick from range. He puts so much venom into his run-up, charging at the ball like a 100m sprinter before producing a rugby-esque kick well over the goal posts. Lovely tribute to some of the other Olympci sports.
HT OF ET - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
I can't lie, that was an incredibly boring 15 minutes. Penalties can't come soon enough! Really not too much to comment on at all I'm afraid. Brazil seem the keener to score though, while Mexico have more or less parked the bus by the looks of it.
105' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Romo has a yellow card now. I didn't think there was any players left on the pitch who hadn't been carded but clearly I was wrong! Both teams have seemed more committed to fouling than finding the back of the net!
102' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Lainez weaves his way into the box and cuts it back before the ball falls to Romo to blast over on the volley.
98' - Double change for Mexico
Adrian Mora comes on for Jesus Angulo and Eduardo Aguirre replaces Henry Martin up top. The former change could possibly cause a change in shape considering Mora is a centre back rather than a left back, but they still seem to be deploying a back four for now.
96' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Guimaraes surges forward, offloads the ball to Reinier on his right, who's intial touch lets him down before he almost gets lucky with a ricochet of the defender.
94' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Alvarado ambitiously pulls the trigger from range but that man Nino is there to deny him!
91' - Into extra time we go...
Can either side break the deadlock? Brazil coach Andre Jardine brings on Zenit's Malcom for Antony in their pursuit of a goal.
FULL TIME - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Both teams may have been free scoring up until this point, but it ends goalless with the match now heading into extra-time! Will be a tense 30 minutes...Who knows? Maybe even penalties is on the cards!
90+2' - Another Mexico change
Cruz Azul forward Roberto Alvarado is on for Alexis Vega as Mexico continue to search for a goal.
89' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
These closing stages of normal time have been very subdued. Both teams unable to find much rhythm.
82' - OFF THE POST!!
A deft cross from Alves floats into Richarlison, who leaps really high to guide a header onto the post. He rushes to get the rebound and no one's there to meet his cross, but that header was agonisingly close! Ochoa was well and truly beaten there.
78' - 3rd sub for Mexico
Guadalajara winger Ricardo Angulo comes on for Sebastian Cordova.
75' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
The cageyness of this match is starting to spill over! Martinelli goes down rather easily much to the frustration of Lorona who tussles a bit with Reinier until the rest of their respective teams and the referee intervene. And yes, you guessed it...both Lorona and Reinier have been booked. It's probably a good thing for both sides that players have their yellow card records cleared before the semi-finals!
74' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
It's Lainez's turn to pick up a yellow card himself now, hitting Guimaraes in the face with a flailing arm.
73' - Brazil make their 2nd change
It's another attacking change for the South Americans, who replace Claudinho with Reinier in attacking midfield.
72' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
It feels as if the referee has been handing out yellow cards non-stop during this game! Guimaraes is next to be booked due to him trodding on the back of Lainez's feet.
67' - 1st sub for Brazil
It's been a fairly quiet outing for Paulinho and Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli comes on for him on the left to try and re-ignite the Brazil attack.
66' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Antony cuts inside on his left foot and takes aim at the near post from close range but Ochoa sweeps it up with zero troubles.
64' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Antony takes a heavy touch causes him to lose the ball to Angulo and he hacks down the Mexico left-back while trying to win it back. That means he's the latest player to end up in the referee's book with a yellow to his name.
63' - 2nd change for Mexico
Uriel Antuna is substituted off for Real Betis winger Diego Lainez as Mexico seek to inject more pace and energy into this game.
62' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
A slick Brazil passing move results in Claudinho crossing it not too far from the goalmouth but Carlos seems to trip himself and a defender over trying to get to it.
61' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Paulinho switches to another omnipresent Brazil player in the shape of Alves on the right and his subsequent cross is deflected for a corner.
59' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Cordova delivers a decent cross from a free-kick on the left flank and it's Richarlison who clears it away. He's been everywhere!
55' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Antony (Brazil) v Jesus Angulo (Mexico)
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Brazil struggling to regain their pace and fluidity from the first half. Mexico looking much more solid in defence too.
53' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Richarlison works his way into the penalty area, gets the slightest of touches from Angulo and with nowhere to go decides to go down rather optimistically. The referee predictably waves play on.
48' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Luiz swiftly whips a cross through the area but Richarlison, who's in acres of space, is unable to make contact with it.
46' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
We're back underway and there's a change for Mexico, with Jose Esquivel being replaced by Carlos Rodriguez in midfield. Unsure whether that's a tactical change or an injury-inflicted one.
HALF-TIME - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
A frustrating first half for Brazil who dominated possession but struggled to get in behind the Mexican defence and create many clear-cut chances. They'll also be slightly concerned by the pace and trickery Mexico have on the counter that has provided El Tri with the better quality of chances.
45+2' - JUST WIDE! Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Vega whips in another delightful corner and Martin's free header is inches wide of the goal. That'll be the last touch of the first half in fact, so he'll be left to ponder that chance as he heads back to the changing rooms.
45+1' - MEXICO GO CLOSE AGAIN! Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Cordova races down the left to beat Nino to the ball and crosses it to Antuna, whose attempted volley is blocked by Carlos
42' - BEST CHANCE SO FAR! Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Antuna finds space on the right, feeds Romo with a simple pass and the Mexico midfielder's first-time shot is tipped over brilliantly by Santos!
41' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Romo comfortably heads away the consequent free-kick.
40' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
This game is getting increasingly more physical. Richarlison is isolated on the left flank with the ball and the onrushing Montes clumsily trips him up, picking up a yellow card for doing so.
38' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
It's a clever, dinked free-kick into the box but Nino just about manages to outdo Montes and guides it out for a corner.
37' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Rash challenge from Diego Carlos not too far outside the area. He gets a yellow card and concedes a free-kick as punishment.
35' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Lovely, intricate passing from Brazil in and around the opposition area once more, but Claudinho overhits his pass to Paulinho and it rolls out for a goal kick.
30' - VAR OVERTURNS IT! Mexico 0-0 Brazil
After going over to review the incident on the pitch-side monitor, the referee reverses his decision to give a penalty.
28' - PENALTY! Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Luiz heaves himself in front of Esquivel and the ball before falling over in the penalty area, much to the bemusement of the Mexico players who feel that he dived into the contact. Despite awarding the penalty, the referee does refer the decision to VAR for assistance before it's taken.
26' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
It's been complete and utter dominance from Brazil so far with almost 70% possession and 5 shots on goal already. They'll be hoping to make that dominance count as soon as possible though...
23' - WHAT A STOP! Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Ochoa's certainly been forced into action a lot so far in this game! Alves drills a low shot heading towards the bottom corner from the free-kick and the Mexico 'keeper boldly palms it away from goal.
22' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Brazil's passing has been very smooth and the speed at which they're moving the ball is causing Mexico a lot of problems, as Cordova brings down Guimaraes a few metres away from the penalty area, giving away a free-kick in the process.
20' - SAVED AGAIN! Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Alves heads it down to Antony and he hits a first-time effort from outside of the box that Ochoa saves fairly comfortably to his right. He's being tested a lot more than the Brazil 'keeper Santos though!
14' - SAVED! Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Guimaraes switches the ball to Arana on the left who charges into space and shoots straight at Ochoa in the Mexico goal. Big chance wasted by Brazil there!
11' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Claudinho creates space for a shot just inside the box after some great work by Alves, but his effort is blocked by Montes and Mexico respond with a counter attack.
9' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Martin rises above Nino to skewer a header wide from Vega's corner. You'd expect him to hit the target from there! Nino milks the contact a bit afterwards before getting on with it.
7' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
The free-kick is headed away with ease by Martin.
6' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Lovely skill from Antony to bamboozle Vega and Angulo, with the latter fouling the Brazil forward out of frustration and giving away a free-kick to the right of their penalty area.
3' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
Mexico have a corner early on and Brazil forward Richarlison shows his work rate on the opposite end of the pitch with a towering defensive header for another corner.
1' - Mexico 0-0 Brazil
And we're underway with the first of two men's semi-finals!
A rematch of the 2012 final
Both nations have a strong history in the men's Olympic football tournament, with Brazil being the reigning champions from the Olympics they hosted in 2016 and Mexico having won the prior tournament in London in 2012.
In that same tournament, Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 in the final thanks to a brace from Oribe Peralta.
juichende Oribe Peralta tegen Brazilië
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As for Brazil...
Just the one change for them too! Paulinho is in for Matheus Cunha.
That anime style line-up graphic should be worthy of a one goal headstart in my opinion!
Here's how Mexico will be lining up...
They make just the one change from the XI who started their 6-3 quarter-final win against South Korea - Atlas' Jesus Angulo comes in for CF America's Jorge Sanchez at left-back.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Mexico vs Brazil in the Tokyo 2020 men's football semi-finals.