With quarterfinal victories Saturday in Japan, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico all clinched spots in the semifinals of the 2020 Summer Games men’s soccer tournament.
Spain began the day with a 5-2 victory over Ivory Coast at Rifu’s Miyagi Stadium. Rafa Mir, a right winger, came on as a substitute in stoppage time. In the extra-time victory, he went on to score a hat-trick.
Mir scored in the third minute of stoppage time, the 117th minute, and the second half of extra time. Spain also received goals from forwards Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal.
Defender Eric Bailly and left wing Max Gradel scored for the Ivory Coast.
Japan beat New Zealand through a penalty kick shootout in the next quarterfinal. The teams played to a scoreless draw through regulation and extra time at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima.
Ayase Ueda, Kou Itakura, Yuta Nakayama and Maya Yoshida each converted their attempts for Japan the shootout. The Ivory Coast converted on just two of its four penalty kicks.
Striker Matheus Cunha scored in the 37th minute to lead Brazil to a 1-0 win over Egypt in another men’s quarterfinal Saturday at Saitama Stadium in Saitama.
Mexico ended the day with a 6-3 win over South Korea in Yokohama. Forward Henry Martin and left wing Francisco Cordova scored two goals apiece in the victory. Dong-Gyeong Lee also scored two goals in the loss.
Right wing Luis Romo and forward Eduardo Aguirre also scored for Mexico. South Korea striker Hwang Ui-Jo scored the final goal of the game in stoppage time.
Mexico battles Brazil in the first semifinal Tuesday at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium. Japan faces Spain in the other semifinal Tuesday in Saitama. Those games air at 4 a.m. EDT and 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday on NBCSN and Universo, respectively.
France goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni can’t stop a goal from Mexico forward Uriel Antuna (not seen) in a Men’s Group A soccer match during the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games on July 22. Photo by Bob Strong