Brazil vs Saudi Arabia Olympic Games Live Football Score 28 Jul 2021
Saudi Arabia Under-23s face Brazil Under-23s on Wednesday at the Saitama Stadium 2002 in the final round of group stage fixtures at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Brazil currently top Group D after securing two wins from two games, while Saudi Arabia have not registered a single point during this summer’s tournament
Saudi Arabia have conceded five goals in their first two fixtures in Japan, meaning that their hopes of progressing into the quarter-finals diminished before the conclusion of the group stages.
Despite dominating possession against Germany Under-23s on Sunday, Saad Al-Shehri’s side allowed the Germans to create more chances in front of goal and Stefan Kuntz’s team capitalised on that.
Sami Al-Najei helped Saudi Arabia come from behind twice on the weekend, netting his first goals at the Tokyo Games, but even though Germany were reduced to 10 players when Amos Pieper was sent off after 67 minutes, they sealed a 3-2 win through Felix Uduokhai’s strike.
That result means that Saudi Arabia’s youngsters have not managed to surpass their previous best at an Olympics, when they were eliminated at the group stages in 1996 – with the senior team representing the nation prior to 1992.
Brazil celebrates after beating Germany in Group D play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Nissan Stadium on July 22, 2021
Brazil have all but secured their place in the last eight with the four points that they have earned so far this summer, as they look to defend their Olympic gold medal which they won at home in 2016.
After a Richarlison hat-trick and a late strike from Paulinho completed a victory against Germany in the opening round of games, Brazil had to settle for a goalless draw last time out when they faced Ivory Coast Under-23s.
Andre Jardine’s side had to play the majority of the match against Ivory Coast one player down after Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz was shown a straight red card just 13 minutes into that game.
From thereon in that fixture was a close contest with both teams creating chances on target, but the goalkeepers were on top and Aderbar Santos picked up his first clean sheet of the tournament.
Brazil have won a medal at the Olympic Games in the previous three tournaments and are one of the favourites to triumph in Tokyo, coming into this Olympics with an expectation to reach the final.
Everton striker Richarlison is currently second in the top-goalscorer table this summer, only one goal behind France’s Andre-Pierre Gignac, and he will be looking to add to his tally on Wednesday against a team that has shown defensive frailties.
Saudi Arabia U23 and Brazil U23 will trade tackles at Saitama Stadium on Wednesday on matchday three of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 men’s football tournament.
Saudi Arabia come into the game on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Germany U23 on Sunday. Felix Uduokhai scored a 75th-minute winner for the 10-man Europeans.
That defeat saw Saudi Arabia U23 eliminated from the Olympic Games and they will be keen to bow out with a victory over one of the heavyweights.
Brazil U23 were held to a surprise goalless draw by Ivory Coast U23 on Sunday. That draw meant both sides are tied on four points at the summit, but a victory for the South Americans on Wednesday would guarantee them top spot in Group D.
Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Head-to-Head
Both sides met in Group C of the 1984 Olympics. Gilmar Popoca, Silvinho and Dunga all got on the scoresheet to help Brazil pick up a 3-1 victory en-route to earning their silver medal.
Saudi Arabia have lost both of their games at the Olympics this year, with Cameroon and Germany both getting the better of the Asian side.
Brazil U23 kicked off their title defense with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Germany, with Richarlison scoring a hat-trick before Sunday’s draw with Ivory Coast.
Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Predicted XI
Saudi Arabia U23 Predicted XI (4-4-2): Mohammed Al Rubaie (GK); Abdulbasit Hindi, Hamad Al-Yami, Saud Abdulhamid, Abdulelah Al-Amri; Mukhtar Ali, Ayman Al-Khulaif, Nasser Al-Omran, Ali Al-Hassan; Abdullah Al-Hamdan, Salem Al-Dawsari
Brazil U23 Predicted XI (4-3-3): Santos (GK); Guilherme Arana, Diego Carlos, Ricardo Graca, Dani Alves; Bruno Guimares, Gabriel Menino, Reinier; Richarlison, Gabriel Martinelli, Antony
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