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Four top teams clash in Men’s football semis

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Japan have been led by Real Madrid prodigy Take Kubo, who called this opportunity to play at a home Games a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity.’

He’s been enjoying himself, scoring in every single group game and lifting Japan into the quarter-finals on maximum points.

But Japan squeaked through the quarters on penalties against New Zealand while Spain had some hairy moments against the Ivory Coast in their quarter-final before emptying the chamber for a 5-2 win.

Two attacking, free-flowing sides should mean we’re in for an exhibition of the beautiful game with some of the best young players in the game playing for Gold and Olympic glory.

It’s the reigning champs vs the previous champs as Brazil and Mexico face off in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic football semi-final – a repeat of the London 2012 final.

Memories of Mexico’s London 2012 Gold Medal triumph when Gio dos Santos and Peralta led el tricolour to glory still live on, and Brazil’s home victory at Rio 2016 with Neymar scoring the winning pen is now part of Olympic lore too.

Captained by a 38-year-old Dani Alves who was a viral Olympic star before he even touched down in Tokyo, he’s been leading by example on the pitch too.

Richarlison had to fight his way to Tokyo, eventually convincing his Premier League Club Everton and new gaffer Rafa Benitez that they weren’t going to stop him.

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