Mexico Under-23s and Brazil Under-23s will renew hostilities in the semi-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics men’s football tournament. For this Tuesday morning rematch from the London 2012 Gold Medal, here’s the predicted football match score – Mexico vs Brazil.
Jaime Lozano’s team advanced to the final four after defeating South Korea Under-23s. This match was a goal fest, with the football match score climbing up to 3-6.
Meanwhile, the reigning champions, Brazil, defeated Egypt by a goal to nil, a football live score they disappointed us with.
- Mexico will have to make one defensive change as right-back Jorge Sanchez faces suspension for accumulating bookings. So, Jesus Angulo may step up to deputize here with Erick Aguirre a major doubt.
- Carlos Rodriguez from Monterrey missed the quarter-final win due to suspension, but he is eligible for this match. This, in turn, tough, could put Jose Esquivel’s spot in the engine room in jeopardy.
- Diego Lainez from Real Betis has had to settle for two substitute appearances in his side’s last two games. Now though, he has a good chance of replacing Uriel Antuna here.
Mexico Under-23s possible starting lineup: Ochoa; Lorona, Montes, Vasquez, Angulo; Rodriguez, Cordova, Romo; Lainez, Martin, Vega
- Cunha, Brazil’s match-winner experienced thigh trouble in the quarter-final. So, he will undergo evaluation on a regular basis ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final.
- If the 22-year-old is deemed unable to play from the start, the tournament’s leading scorer, Richarlison, could play centrally. This would mean that Paulinho may be coming in on the left side.
- Douglas Luiz returned to the starting lineup after serving his suspension against Egypt. Now, he should continue alongside Lyon lynchpin Bruno Guimaraes here.
- Finally, Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli did not feature in Saturday’s squad, and may not play now too.
Brazil Under-23s possible starting lineup: Santos; Alves, Nino, Carlos, Arana; Guimaraes, Luiz; Antony, Claudinho, Paulinho; Richarlison
Predicted Football Match Score – Mexico vs Brazil
- An initial defeat to host nation Japan dampened the spirits of the Mexicans. But dominant victories over underwhelming France and South Africa teams saw Mexico book their place in the Tokyo knockout rounds. Then, South Korea awaited them, last Saturday morning.
- And Mexico’s quarter-final match against South Korea saw the net ripple nine times at the International Stadium Yokohama. Lozano’s men scored six of those goals in this enthralling spectacle.
- Brazil’s quarter-final match against Egypt Under-23s, on the other hand, was a much more low-key affair. They won by only one goal against Egypt, with whom they were evenly matched sides at the Saitama Stadium 2002.
- Fortunately for Selecao fans, though the game’s lone goal came in the 37th minute from Hertha Berlin’s Matheus Cunha. Cunha thus scored the game’s only goal to keep Brazil’s hopes of back-to-back Olympic titles alive.
The loss of Cunha would be a devastating blow to Brazil in this crucial battle.
But Richarlison is enough in Tokyo and he will not hesitate to punish a porous Mexican defense.
Lozano’s men have plenty of attacking talent of their own, but we simply cannot look past Brazil’s collection of talents.
So, we are rooting for the Selecao to take another giant step towards defending their title.