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Rio Olympics 2016: Brazil moves to quarterfinals while Argentina and Mexico fail to advance in men's soccer

Written By Christopher Devine
Gabriel Jesus Neymar - cropped
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Brazil finally found the goal in the men's soccer tournament at Rio 2016 to avoid an embarrassing group stage exit on home soil.

The tournament favorites had surprisingly drawn blanks in 0-0 draws against South Africa and Iraq, but had no such problems beating Denmark 4-0 in Salvador.

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Argentina and defending Olympic champion Mexico weren't as fortunate, failing to advance to the quarterfinals after disappointing showings in pool play.

Brazil got first-half strikes from Gabriel Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus to ease the tension at the Fonte Nova Arena and Luan rounded off a fine move in the second half to put the result beyond a doubt.

There was a late scare for Brazil when Neymar went down in pain after appearing to twist an ankle, but the Barcelona forward was able to continue and saw Gabriel Barbosa score again late on.

Brazil will take on Colombia in the quarterfinals, while Denmark also advanced — after South Africa and Iraq drew 1-1 — and will play Nigeria.

Colombia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Wednesday to join the African nation in progressing from Group B and oust Japan, 1-0 winners over Sweden. Germany also progressed courtesy of a 10-0 trouncing of Fiji.

Mexico finished third in Group C after suffering a 1-0 defeat in Brasilia to South Korea, which now faces Honduras.

The latter qualified at Argentina's expense following a 1-1 draw between the two nations. Group D winner Portugal, Germany's quarterfinal opponents, rounded off its pool campaign drawing 1-1 with Algeria.

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