Brazilian football players will not defend the title of Olympic champions in Paris. In the decisive match of the South American qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games, they lost to Argentina 0:1 on Monday night and took the non-progressive third place in the table.
The only goal of the Argentinian under-23 team, led by coach Javier Mascherano, was scored by Luciano Gondo in the 78th minute. Brazil had previously lost 0:1 to Paraguay in the tournament.
It was he who won the final group in Caracas, Venezuela with 7 points and advanced to the Olympics in Paris together with the second Argentina (5 points), which, thanks to the victory over the rival, jumped in the table of the “canaries” led by coach Ramon Menezes (3).
The last time Brazilian soccer players missed the Olympic tournament was in 2004. “These are very sad feelings. We conscientiously prepared for this match, but we couldn’t hold onto the ball for longer, which applies to our entire performance at the tournament. It didn’t go the way we imagined,” midfielder Andrey Santos was quoted as saying by the AP agency.
Brazil defeated Spain 2:1 after extra time in the final of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Malcom scored the winning goal in the 108th minute.