Olympic Soccer 2016: Men's Results, Group Table After Sunday Matches

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2016

Mexico's Erick Gutierrez, right, celebrates his goal during a group C match of the men's Olympic football tournament between Mexico and Fiji at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Mexico won 5-1. (AP Photo/Arisson Marinho)
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After a two-day reprieve, men's soccer got back underway Sunday at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Defending gold medalist Mexico was on the slate and seemed destined for its first win in Rio against lowly Fiji. Germany, seen to many as Mexico's biggest Group C competitor, looked to take down an upstart South Korea team that got off to an 8-0 run against Fiji. 

Elsewhere, Brazil looked to pick up the pieces before the home crowd after a shocking draw against South Africa. The Brazilians were booed off the pitch as they failed to score despite being up one man for the final half-hour. With another winnable match with Iraq, they were desperate for a better result.

Here is a look at how things played out on the second day of men's soccer action from Rio.

 

Group Tables

Group A
PlaceCountryGamesWinsDrawsLossesGoals ScoredGoals AgainstDifferentialPoints
1Denmark211010+14
1 Brazil (H)20200002
1 Iraq20200002
1 South Africa20110-1-11
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Group B
PlaceCountryGamesWinsDrawsLossesGoals ScoredGoals AgainstDifferentialPoints
1 Nigeria220064+26
2 Colombia20204402
2Japan201167-11
4Sweden201123−11
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Group C
PaceCountryGamesWinsDrawsLossesGoals ScoredGoals AllowedDifferentialPoints
1 Mexico211071+64
2 South Korea110080+83
3 Germany10102201
4 Fiji2002113−120
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Group D
PlaceCountryGamesWinsDrawsLossesGoals ScoredGoals AllowedDifferentialPoints
1 Portugal110020+23
2 Honduras110032+13
3 Algeria100123−10
4 Argentina100102−20
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Sunday Results

Mexico 5, Fiji 1

For the first 48 minutes, Mexico looked on the verge of disaster. Fiji clung desperately to a 1-0 lead and had played marvelous defense to limit El Tri's scoring chances.

Then Erick Gutierrez came riding in and saved Mexico's Olympic bid.

Gutierrez netted four goals, three coming in a 10-minute span, as Mexico earned a vital 5-1 triumph over Fiji. All five Mexican goals came in the second half, as the first 45 minutes saw El Tri confusedly flail around the pitch despite having an obvious talent advantage.

Roy Krishna set the tone in the 10th minute with a surprising goal to put Fiji up 1-0. While it wound up being the only shot Fiji had on goal, it was good enough to put a scare into Mexico heading into the break.

It didn't take long for them to right the ship, however, as Gutierrez knocked through his first goal in the 48th minute. He netted another seven minutes later and his third in the 58th minute, ending any doubt that Mexico would come away with the points. Carlos Salcedo put Mexico up 4-1 in the 67th minute, and Gutierrez finished things off in the 73rd.

Mexico finished with five goals on its six on-target shots. Another win would lock Mexico into the knockout round, while a loss or draw against South Korea would make things far more interesting.

 

South Korea 3, Germany 3

South Korea all but clinched advancing to the knockout stage by earning a surprising 3-3 draw with Germany.

Hwang Hee-Chan scored the first goal of the match in the 25th minute in what turned out a back-and-forth affair. Germany's Serge Gnabry scored his first of two goals in the 33rd minute to tie the match heading into halftime, and Davie Selke briefly put the Germans ahead in the 55th. Son Heung-Min responded almost instantly in the 55th minute.

The final stretch run was an all-out free-for-all. Suk Hyun-Jun seemingly clinched South Korea the points with a goal in the 86th minute, only for Gnabry to finish off a clutch shot in stoppage time to give Germany its second draw in as many matches.

Having already tied Mexico, Germany is going to need some help to advance. While there are a number of open scenarios, most of them involve Germany defeating Fiji by five or more goals to clinch moving on.

 

Portugal 2, Honduras 1

Alberth Elis got Honduras on the board in the first minute, but the last 89 were another story for Honduras.

Tobias Figueiredo (21') and Goncalo Paciencia (36') answered back in the first half, and Portugal held on in the second half for a 2-1 victory.

Portugal held for 52 percent of the possession and took 23 shots compared to 16 for Honduras. The Hondurans were aggressive but wound up committing 16 fouls.

Having already earned a 2-0 win over Argentina in its opener, Portugal clinched moving on to the knockout round. Earning the top seed should be a relative breeze given the only match remaining is against 0-2 Algeria.

 

Argentina 2, Algeria 1

Despite playing with 10 players for the entire second half, Argentina got second-half goals from Angel Correa and Jonathan Calleri to come away with a 2-1 victory.

The hotly contested match saw both sides playing for their tournament lives. They combined for 39 fouls and six yellow cards, though five of the latter statistic went Algeria's way. Argentina lost Victor Cuesta during first-half stoppage time, but Algeria's Ayoub Abdellaoui got sent off as well with a costly foul in the 67th minute.

Three minutes later, Argentina took advantage of the numbers suddenly being even. Calleri finished off a shot from the center of the box to give Argentina a 2-1 lead it would hold the rest of the way. The Argentine attack understandably did not get many opportunities, but the Argentines were successful on two of their three shots on goal.

Algeria held possession for 56 percent of the match but could never quite get its attack going despite being up a man. The loss means the Algerians will not advance to knockout play.

 

Denmark 1, South Africa 0

A 69th-minute goal from Robert Skov was the difference as Denmark recorded a 1-0 win over South Africa on Sunday to move to the top of Group A.

The Danes prevailed despite getting outshot 20-16 overall and 10-5 in terms of shots on goal. The South Africans also had the edge in possession (55 percent). Skov, however, was in the right place at the right time, showing the lethal finishing lacking from South Africa.

While Denmark owns a two-point lead over Brazil and Iraq, it has still yet to seal its place in the knockout rounds. A draw in its final game will be enough, while a win will keep the team in first place no matter what happens between Iraq and South Africa.

South Africa still has a route to second or even first place in Group A. Anything less than a win, though, and the players will be packing their bags.

 

Nigeria 1, Sweden 0

Nigeria is through to the quarterfinals following its 1-0 win over Sweden. It's one of two countries to collect the maximum six points through its first two matches, and the Nigerians will remain top of Group B no matter what happens in the final day of the group stage.

Umar Sadiq's 40th-minute goal was a decisive blow.

Sweden mustered little in the attack, only attempting four shots, one of which was on target. Nigeria was in control from start to finish and peppered Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Linde with 10 shots on goal. Were it not for Linde's performance, the damage would've been much worse.

Not all is lost for Hakan Ericson's side. Sweden may be at the bottom of the group, but a win over Japan could see the team jump into second place.

 

Brazil 0, Iraq 0

Following an underwhelming 0-0 draw with South Africa, Brazil delivered a carbon copy Sunday night, drawing 0-0 with Iraq.

Credit the Iraqis for putting together a stout defense. They spent much of the match in their own half, with Brazil controlling 69 percent of the possession. The Brazilians were unable to make all of their time on the ball count, though.

In particular, Iraq did a great job of shadowing Neymar and taking him out of the game completely. Brazil is very reliant on the Barcelona playmaker, and negating his impact helps Brazil's opponents go a long way toward stifling the host country.

Particularly after the team's Olympic opener, a scoreless draw was a terrible result for Brazil and leaves a lot of work to do in the final day of the group stage.

 

Japan 2, Colombia 2

After going down 2-0, Japan clawed its way back and salvaged a point against Colombia following goals from Takuma Asano (67') and Shoya Nakajima (74').

Teofilo Gutierrez had broken the deadlock in the 59th minute, and an own goal by Hiroki Fujiharu in the 65th minute seemingly sealed the win for the Colombians.

Instead, Asano got in behind the defense and rifled a shot past goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla. Bonilla got a hand to the ball, but it wasn't enough to keep it out of the back of the net.

Seven minutes later, the 23-year-old could only shake his head following a goalkeeping howler that allowed Japan to equalize. Nakajima let loose with a speculative shot from outside the box that curled under the crossbar. Bonilla was caught woefully out of position, and his flailing attempted save only served to accentuate his mistake.

It's a tough result for Colombia, since a win would've made qualifying for the quarterfinal a near certainty.