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Olympics football draw released

14 April 2016, 20:38

Rio de Janeiro - Brazil will face South Africa in the opening game of the men's Olympic soccer tournament as the five-time World Cup champions try for their first gold medal.

Brazil lost to Mexico in the Olympic final four years ago in London.

The match is set for Aug. 4 in Brasilia, a day before the Olympics officially open in Rio de Janeiro. Iraq and Denmark are also in the group.

In Thursday's draw at the Maracana Stadium, defending champion Mexico was put in a group with South Korea, Fiji and Germany.

On the women's side, the defending champion United States was drawn in a group with France, New Zealand and Colombia.

Japan, the runner-up four years ago, did not qualify this time.



Group A: Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark

Group B: Sweden; Colombia; Nigeria; Japan

Group C: Fiji; Korea Republic; Mexico; Germany

Group D: Honduras, Algeria, Portugal, Argentina


Group E: Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa

Group G: USA, New Zealand, France, Colombia

Group F: Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany

- AP


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