Brazil vs Egypt Olympic Games LIVE Football Score 31 Jul 2021
Brazil Under-face Egpyt Under-in the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games on Saturday, with Brazil looking to reach the semi-finals for the fourth consecutive Olympics. Egypt, meanwhile, are looking to reach that stage of this competition for the first time since 1964 Olympics, which interestingly was also hosted in Tokyo
Spearheaded by Richarlison, Brazil cruised to top spot of Group D by taking seven points from a possible nine.
A 0-0 draw against Ivory Coast – in which Douglas Luiz was sent off in only the 11th minute – was sandwiched by 4-2 and 3-1 wins over Germany and Saudi Arabia respectively, with the Everton forward scoring a phenomenal five goals across the two victories. Alongside Spain, who named six players in their squad who had also played major roles in helping the senior team reach the semi-final of Euro 2020 earlier in July, there is little doubt that Brazil have the most talented squad at their disposal in this year’s Olympics.
As such, head coach Andre Jardine will be expecting nothing less than a comfortable win against Egypt on Saturday as they attempt to keep some energy remaining in the tank ahead of a potential semi-final showdown against the Spaniards.
Indeed, having only taken one point from their first two matches, there may be an element of being happy to have reached the quarter-finals within the Egypt squad. However, Shawky Gharieb’s side have proved that they will be no pushovers against a more gifted Brazilian outfit on Saturday, having only conceded one goal in their three matches at the Olympics so far.
Likewise, though, they have only scored two themselves having taken an excellent point from a 0-0 draw against Spain in their opening game before losing 1-0 to Argentina. Crucially, they beat Australia 2-0 last time out to pip the Olyroos to second spot in Group C.
The African outfit must retain their defensive solidity from the group stages while potentially offering more threat in transition in order to avoid being pinned inside their own defensive third for long spells during Saturday’s quarter-final.
Brazil will welcome Luiz back to the fold after the Aston Villa midfielder served his suspension for the win against Saudi Arabia. The 23-year-old is likely to come back into Jardine’s starting XI, with Matheus Henrique dropping back out of the side.
That enforced switch has been Gardine’s solitary change of the tournament so far, so it would be a surprise to see any others at this stage of the competition, especially given their excellent form. Egypt, meanwhile, are likely to continue with the 3-5-2 system which served them well during the 2-0 win against Australia, with no changes in personnel likely given the impressive nature of the victory.
Former West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi, who is captaining his national team as one of their over-age players at the Olympics, will once again lead Gharieb’s well-drilled defensive unit from the middle of the back three. Brazil take on Egypt at Saitama Stadium on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the men’s football tournament of Tokyo Olympics 2020. They will be looking to advance into the last four for the second time in a row.
Gold medalists in the 2016 edition on home soil, the Seleccao came through as Group D winners, beating Germany and Saudi Arabia on either side of a shock draw at Ivory Coast. Everton star Richarlison, who was also a part of Brazil’s Copa America squad, has been their chief driving factor. He’s netted five times in the Games so far, including a superb hat-trick against Die Mannschaft in the opening game.
Egypt, meanwhile, have been no pushovers either, qualifying for the knockout stages from a group featuring Spain, Argentina and Australia.
Going into their final game, the Pharaohs seemed to be heading home, but a 2-0 victory over the Olyroos turned the tide. They were knocked out in the last-8 of the 2012 edition and face another huge challenge to progress beyond that stage.
Brazil vs Egypt Head-To-Head
The sides met once at the 2012 London Olympics, where Seleccao ran out 3-2 victors.
Brazil Form Guide (all competitions): W-D-W
Egypt Form Guide (all competitions): W-L-D
Brazil vs Egypt Team News
The Canaries will have Douglas Luiz back from his one-game suspension. He might as well come straight into the starting XI with Matheus Henrique dropping out again.
Head coach Andre Jardine hasn’t made any changes besides this one and it’s unlikely that he’ll make any more than this.