Except for the narrow 3-2 victory scrapped by Brazil again the nine men Honduras, the South Americans were never in danger of facing an untimely elimination. They are now just one victory away from securing another gold medal, which would give them the chance to defend the title in front of their fans in 2016.
A valiant effort for Mexico
Mexico won its group fairly easy by earning seven points in three games, and survived a scare in the competition’s quarterfinals. Senegal gave them a run for their money and the North Americans needed additional time to score the winning goals for a place in the semifinals. It was much easier for the Mexicans to defeat Japan, despite the fact that the Asian team took an early lead and were very aggressive in the first half.
Securing a silver medal is a remarkable performance itself, but the Mexicans will play until the final whistle in a valiant attempt of defeating Brazil. Unfortunately for them, the South Americans have an extraordinary lineup and some of their best under 23 year-old players traveled to London. The odds for at least three goals to be scored are not very high, but 1.72 is a fair value given the fact that Brazil scored exactly 3 goals in each of its games. Those who fancy higher odds will appreciate the fact that Bet365 prices Brazil at 2.45 to win by at least two goals.
90 minutes are not enough for a medal
Both South Korea and Japan conceded three goals in the semifinals but while their dreams of playing for Olympic gold were shattered, the Asian nations will fight for the bronze medal until the bitter and. Given the solid defense and the lack of efficiency upfront, it wouldn’t be too surprising if this game would require overtime to determine a winner. In the group stage, Korea drew two games out of there and 0-0 is the most likely score for tonight’s fixture against an equally defensive minded Japan.
There is huge value in the 3.20 odds currently offered by Bet365 and those who want to watch the struggle for a bronze medal and make some money on the side, will surely appreciate the opportunity. This is bound to be a tight match but overall Japan is favorite to win its first medal in the football competition, given the way they performed so far. Korea struggled in all of their games and unlike their opponents, they are not very good at coming from behind and overcoming an early deficit.