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Brazil favored heading into quarterfinals
Danilo and Leandro Damiao scored in the first half Wednesday and Brazil downed New Zealand 3-0 to finish unbeaten in Olympic soccer group play.
Brazil will go into the quarterfinals as the heavy favorite to win the men’s gold medal after Spain was knocked out of the tournament. The Brazilians will meet Honduras in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Spain had been shockingly eliminated even before it played its final group game Wednesday against Morocco, a game that wound up in an 0-0 tie. The Spanish did not score a goal in its three group games.
Egypt wound up second to Brazil in their group thanks to a 3-1 win over Belarus and will face Japan in the quarterfinals.
Japan finished on top of Group D after a scoreless tie with Honduras. That result was good enough for both teams to advance.
A 0-0 tie between South Korea and Gabon sent the Koreans into the quarterfinals as well. Mexico reached the knockout round for the first time since 1996 by winning Group B with a 1-0 victory over Switzerland.
Britain led Group A following a 3-1 decision over Uruguay. Senegal was runner-up to Britain and thus earned a quarterfinal berth against South Korea.
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