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Men's Olympic soccer 2021: Updated scores, results, standings table from football tournament

Sporting News logo Sporting News 8/7/2021 Simon Borg

Brazil won it second straight men's Olympic soccer gold medal, downing Spain in the final with an extra time strike from Malcom proving the difference in a 2-1 victory. 

Mexico, which lost to Brazil in a penalty-kick shootout in the semfinal stage, beat Japan 3-1 to claim the bronze medal.

The usual European and South American heavyweights — Spain, France, Germany, Brazil and Argentina — were the pre-tournament favorites going in, but it was Spain and Brazil which advanced all the way to the final after Germany, France and Argentina were eliminated in the group stage.

The Men’s Football Tournament kicked off with a round-robin group stage in which each team played three matches against the others in the group (July 22, July 25 and July 28). Teams collected three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. The top two finishers in each group advanced to the quarterfinals, with the pairings predetermined based on group finish.

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Olympic group tiebreakers

If teams were even on points, tiebreakers were used one by one until all ties were broken. Here’s the order of tiebreakers as detailed in the official tournament rules :

  1. Superior goal difference in all group matches
  2. Most goals scored in all group matches
  3. Most points obtained in group matches between the teams that are tied
  4. Superior goal difference in the group matches between the teams that are tied
  5. Most goals scored in the group matches between the teams that are tied
  6. Best conduct score based on fewest yellow/red cards in all group matches
  7. Drawing of lots by FIFA if there are still teams that remain tied

The final group standings, results and knockout round schedule follow below:

Group A standings

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Japan- X 9 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
2. Mexico- X 6 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5
3. France 3 3 1 2 0 5 11 -6
4. South Africa 0 3 0 3 0 3 8 -5

X = advances to quarterfinals

Group A schedule

   
Date Match
Thu, July 22 Mexico 4 , France 1 Highlights
Thu, July 22 Japan 1 , South Africa 0 Highlights
Sun, July 25 France 4 , South Africa 3 Highlights
Sun, July 25 Japan 2 , Mexico 1 Highlights
Wed, July 28 France 0 , Japan 4
Wed, July 28 South Africa 0 , Mexico 3 Highlights

Group B standings

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. South Korea- X 6 3 2 1 0 10 1 +9
2. New Zealand- X 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
3. Romania 4 3 1 1 1 1 4 -3
4. Honduras 3 3 1 2 0 3 9 -6

X = advances to quarterfinals

Group B schedule

     
Date Match
Thu, July 22 New Zealand 1 , South Korea 0 Highlights
Thu, July 22 Honduras 0 , Romania 1 Highilghts
Sun, July 25 New Zealand 2 , Honduras 3 Highlights
Sun, July 25 Romania 0 , South Korea 4
Wed, July 28 Romania 0, New Zealand 0
Wed, July 28 South Korea 6, Honduras 0 Highlights

Group C standings

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Spain- X 5 3 1 0 2 2 1 +1
2. Egypt- X 4 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1
3. Argentina 4 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1
4. Australia 3 3 1 2 0 2 3 -1

X = advances to quarterfinals

Group C schedule

   
Date Match
Thu, July 22 Egypt 0 , Spain 0 Highlights
Thu, July 22 Argentina 0 , Australia 2 Highlights
Sun, July 25 Egypt 0 , Argentina 1 Highlights
Sun, July 25 Australia 0 , Spain 1 Highlights
Wed, July 28 Spain 1 , Argentina 1 Highlights
Wed, July 28 Australia 0 , Egypt 2

Group D standings

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Brazil- X 7 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
2. Ivory Coast- X 5 3 1 0 2 3 2 +1
3. Germany 4 3 1 1 1 6 7 -1
4. Saudi Arabia 0 3 0 3 0 4 8 -4

X = advances to quarterfinals

Group D schedule

     
Date Match
Thu, July 22 Ivory Coast 2 , Saudi Arabia 1 Highlights
Thu, July 22 Brazil 4 , Germany 2 Highlights
Sun, July 25 Brazil 0 , Ivory Coast 0 Highlights
Sun, July 25 Saudi Arabia 2 , Germany 3
Wed, July 28 Saudi Arabia 1 , Brazil 3 Highlights
Wed, July 28 Germany 1 , Ivory Coast 1

Quarterfinals

   
Date Match
Sat, July 31 QF #1: Spain 5, Ivory Coast 2 (a.e.t.) Highlights
Sat, July 31 QF #2: Japan 0,  New Zealand 0 (4-2 on PKs)
Sat, July 31 QF #3: Brazil 1, Egypt 0 Highlights
Sat, July 31 QF #4: South Korea 3, Mexico 6 Highlights

Semifinals

 
Date Match
Tue, Aug. 3 Mexico 0 Brazil 0 (4-1 on PKs) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 3 Japan 0, Spain 1 (a.e.t.) Highlights

Bronze-medal match

 
Date Match
Fri, Aug. 6 Mexico 3, Japan 1 Highlights

Gold-medal match

 
Date Match
Sat, Aug. 7 Brazil 2, Spain 1 (a.e.t.) Highlights
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