Egypt's Banque Misr seen launching its first digital bank by May-end    Swvl to invest $20 million in Egyptian market this year    Gold prices in Egypt on May 19    Egypt to inaugurate new Sphinx International Airport in mid-July    Turkey's finance minister to visit Egypt for first time in 9 years    Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO alliance    Saudi Arabia prolongs Yemen central bank's deposit    Egypt Knauf launches its first training centre in Egypt    Egypt uncovers official logo for COP27    Noura Al-Mutair – first Gulf female boxer in World Championships    Egypt unveils 50 pound coin minted to mark Avenue of Sphinxes grand reopening    Liverpool fans: "You'll Never Walk Alone" to Cristiano Ronaldo    Hot, rainy weather hits Egypt this week    COVID-19 in Egypt: infections fall to 124 cases last week    Egypt to play key role in integrating water, climate issues globally – World Bank official    Egypt's telecoms regulator announces working hours for holy month of Ramadan    Maha karara joins AAIB as Head of Corporate Communications, Sustainability    Egypt works on charting cooperation strategies with international institutions for 5 years: Al-Mashat    Over 2.4 million newborns examined for hearing impairment: Health Ministry    Netflix releases trailer of Arab adaption of 'Perfect Strangers' film    Balqees to headline concert celebrating launch of streaming giant LIVENow in MENA    Sawsan Badr to be honoured at Aswan Women Film Festival    MP Abdel Hady Al-Qasby calls government to facilitate and support NGOs    Al-Sisi follows up on 'Great Transfiguration Project' in St. Catherine    Cairo, London stress need to strengthen cooperation to face climate change    Foreigners account for 22.6% of Egypt's T-bills issuances in 1H 2021: CBE    Egypt's ambassador to Italy passes away    Egypt confirms readiness to help African countries face terrorism and extremism    An estimated 235 million people needed humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an increase of 40% compared to 2020: IOM Egypt    Egypt, DRC discuss water cooperation during WYF    Egypt, DR Congo discuss boosting bilateral cooperation during WYF    Cameroonian police probe assault on three Algerian journalists covering AFCON    Pharaohs start AFCON 2021 campaign with fierce clash against Nigeria    Foreign Ministry opens capacity building course for French-speaking African diplomats    Egypt's trade with Nile basin countries climbs 26% y-o-y in 9 months    Ethiopia halts work at its embassy in Egypt for 'economic reasons'    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



London 2012: Favorite Brazil plays SKorea in semifinals
One by one, they were all knocked out. Uruguay, Spain, Britain
Published in Ahram Online on 07 - 08 - 2012

Brazil is the only favorite left in the men's Olympic football tournament, so it has no excuse for leaving the London Games with anything less than the gold. First, though, it has to get past a South Korea team with a knack for surprises.
The two play in a semifinal match Tuesday.
"The pressure to win our first Olympics has always been there," Brazil coach Mano Menezes said. "We need to make it happen this time."
Brazil brought most of its top players to the Olympics and has been dominant so far, getting more wins and scoring more goals than any other team. South Korea, meanwhile, just barely made it through the first stage, backed by its strong defense, but is hoping for a second consecutive upset to add to its surprise elimination of host Britain in the quarterfinals.
The winner of the match at Old Trafford will play for the gold against either Mexico or Japan, which will face off in London in the other semifinal.
"There is an extra bit of tension in the matches now," Menezes said. "You are playing to try to get to a final, it's different."
It would be only the third Olympic men's football final for Brazil, and the first since the 1988 Seoul Games. Brazil won the silver medal in Seoul and also four years earlier at the Los Angeles Games. Brazil got the bronze in 1996 in Atlanta and in 2008 in Beijing, when it lost the semifinal to Lionel Messi's Argentina.
"We know that our responsibility is increasing as we get closer to the final," Brazil captain Thiago Silva said. "And to get there we know that we will have a very difficult task trying to beat South Korea."
South Korea, which has conceded only two goals in four matches so far, is making its first semifinal appearance at the Olympic Games. The team failed to advance past the group stage in Beijing four years ago.
South Korea has won outright only one match in this year's tournament, a 2-1 result against Switzerland that helped it advance past the first round following draws with Mexico and Gabon. It drew 1-1 with Britain in regulation and extra time before eliminating the hosts 5-4 on penalties in the quarterfinals.
"We are very pleased to play against one of the top teams in the world in a big tournament like this," South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo said. "It will be very good for the players and their experience."
Brazil reached the semifinals by eliminating Honduras in a difficult match on Saturday in Newcastle. Brazil struggled and twice had to come back from deficits against a Honduran team which played with 10 men from the 33rd minute because of a red card.
"We expect to play better than we did against Honduras," Silva said. "South Korea wouldn't have reached the semifinals if it didn't have a good team. They certainly can play."
The Mexicans arrived at the London Games as one of the medal contenders and were considered to have an outside chance for the gold. They are trying to improve from the fourth-place finish at the home games in Mexico City in 1968, when they lost the bronze to the Japanese.
Mexico was first in its group after victories against Gabon and Switzerland and a draw against South Korea. It eliminated Senegal 4-2 in extra time in the quarterfinals.
That third-place finish was Japan's best performance so far at the men's Olympic tournament. It reached the semifinals by beating Egypt 3-0. It won its group after a draw against Honduras and victories over Morocco and gold-favorite Spain.
The Spaniards and fellow favorites Uruguay didn't even make it past the group stage, and when Britain fell to South Korea, Brazil became the only top contender fighting for the gold.
(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter [email protected] Sportsand on Facebook atAhramOnlineSports)


Clic here to read the story from its source.