RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, Sporting Alert – Neymar and Brazil were booed for the second successive time by the home supporters after the host nation fired blank against Iraq in the second men’s soccer group match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Sunday.
After playing out a 0-0 draw with South Africa in the first group match last week, Brazil was hoping for a breakthrough in the second game.
However, as they did in the first outing, the home side failed to take advantage of the chances presented to them and was even lucky to earn a point in the end, as Iraq also created good chances to get on the board, but missed out on the execution.
The one point earned on Sunday moves Brazil to second place in Group A with two points behind group leader Denmark.
Brazil will need to beat Denmark in the final match of the group.
Meanwhile, the Danes tagged South Africa 1-0 with Robert Skov scoring the lone goal in the 69th minute of the contest.
Denmark leads Group A with four points and is well placed to book a quarter-final spot.
The highlight of the day, though came at the Fonte Nova Arena where Erick Gutiérrez scored four times, including a second half hat-trick, and defending champion Mexico hammered Fiji 5-1.
Gutiérrez netted in the 48th, 56th, 58th and 73rd minutes, with Carlos Salcedo adding another for the North Americans in the 67th.
Roy Krishna had given Fiji a shock 1-0 lead in the 11th minute and his team led 1-0 at halftime.
However, Mexico bullied through the second 45 minutes to score five unanswered goals during that period.
Also picking up wins on Sunday were Nigeria, which edged Sweden 1-0 for the second victory at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Portugal, which finished 2-1 over Honduras and Argentina, after beating Algeria 2-1.
Elsewhere, Germany and Korea Republic battled out an exciting 3-3 draw in Group C, while Japan and Colombia ended 2-2 in Group B.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games Soccer – Men Scores
Fiji 1 – 5 Mexico
Honduras 1 – 2 Portugal
Germany 3 – 3 Korea Republic
Argentina 2 – 1 Algeria
Sweden 0 – 1 Nigeria
Denmark 1 – 0 South Africa
Japan 2 – 2 Colombia
Brazil 0 – 0 Iraq