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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Neymar of Brazil reacts during the Men's Semifinal Football match between Brazil and Honduras at Maracana Stadium on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Olympic roundup: Brazil books place in final, Germany sneaks past Nigeria

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Two years ago on the same soil, Brazil was brutally embarrassed by the Germans in the build up to the World Cup final. Now, the Selecao have an opportunity to regain some of its pride on Saturday.

Neymar got the Brazilians off to a flying start in Wednesday’s 6-0 semifinal win against Honduras, when the Barcelona man scored less than a minute into the match for the fastest goal in Olympic history. Manchester City-bound Gabriel Jesus added a brace before halftime, giving the Selecao a comfortable 3-0 advantage heading into the break.

Honduras failed to register a shot on target throughout the match, and in the process, Brazil extended its shutout streak to 450 minutes. Marquinhos added a fourth for Brazil just six minutes into the second stanza, before tacked on a fifth with a little over 10 minutes to play.

The host nation’s put an exclamation point on their progression into the Olympic final when Neymar slotted home a penalty kick in stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Germany booked its place in the final after narrowly defeating Nigeria, 2-0, in Rio.

Lukas Klostermann gave the Germans the lead just nine minutes into the match, and the team held on the rest of the way despite solid pressure from the Super Eagles.

The Germans doubled their lead with two minutes remaining when Nils Petersen tapped home a Davie Selke cross.

Nigeria found several quality chances as the match wore on, but between misdirected free kicks and sliced efforts, the Germans managed to hold off the pressure.

Brazil and Germany advance to the Olympic gold medal match on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET, while Honduras and Nigeria will compete for the bronze medal earlier in the afternoon at 12 p.m. ET.

Watch Live: 2016 men’s Olympic semis — Brazil vs. Honduras, Germany vs. Nigeria

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: Neymar of Brazil scores their first goal during the match between Brazil and Colombia mens football quarter final at Arena Corinthians on August 13, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
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A pair of places in the men’s soccer gold-medal game are on the line at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday.

[ WATCH LIVE: Brazil vs. Honduras — semifinal no. 1 ]

Brazil, going for their first-ever Olympic gold medal in soccer (men’s or women’s), will face Honduras (12 p.m. ET — Watch live, on NBCSN and online via NBCOlympics.com) at the Maracana in a rematch of the two sides’ 2012 Olympic quarterfinal clash at St. James’ Park in Newcastle. Brazil knocked the Central Americans from the tournament four years ago on the back of a Leandro Damiao brace and a penalty kick converted by Neymar.

The latter bagged his first goal of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil’s quarterfinal victory over Colombia on Saturday. The Brazilian women were defeated by Sweden in their semifinal bout on Tuesday. The Honduran men took down South Korea in the quarters, with thanks to Alberth Elis’s game-winning goal.

[ WATCH LIVE: Germany vs. Nigeria — semifinal no. 2 ]

The other world power still kicking about at the 2016 Olympics, Germany, will take on Nigeria (3 p.m. ET — Watch live, on NBCSN and online via NBCOlympics.com) in the second semifinal in Sao Paulo. The Germans are led by Arsenal’s Serge Gnarby and Freiburg’s Nils Petersen, who top the Olympic scoring charts with six and five goals, respectively, through four games. Germany scored 15 times during the group stage, but finishes second with just one win and two draws (2-2 with Mexico; 3-3 with South Korea).

Olympic roundup: Neymar lifts Brazil to semis; Germany rampant again

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Neymar, Luan #07 and Marquinhos of Brazil celebrate their second goal during the match between Brazil and Colombia mens football quarter final at Arena Corinthians on August 13, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
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A roundup of all the day’s action from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil…

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Brazil 2-0 Colombia

Neymar did his part to deliver the host nation its place in the semifinals of the men’s tournament, scoring the game-winning goal, a swerving free kick through the wall, on 12 minutes. It was the Barcelona superstar’s first goal of these Olympics, and it couldn’t have come at a more important time.

Luan added a second goal in the 83rd minute to secure passage into the final four, where Brazil will face Honduras on Wednesday (12 p.m. ET) with a place in the gold-medal game on the line. The hosts are in search of their first-ever Olympic gold, which they could check off the list at the Maracana in Rio next Saturday.

Portugal 0-4 Germany

Germany, arguably the most impressive side at these Olympics, trounced Portugal to join Brazil in the semis. Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry took his Olympic-leading goals haul to six (in four games) to make it 1-0. Borussia Dortmund’s Matthias Ginter made it 2-0 just before the hour mark, and Davie Selke and Philipp Max tacked on the late insurance goals to take Germany’s overwhelming scoring record to 19 goals in four games. Up next for the Germans, it’s Nigeria on Wednesday (3 p.m. ET).

Elsewhere in quarterfinal action

Nigeria 2-0 Denmark
South Korea 0-1 Honduras

Semifinals schedule

Brazil vs. Honduras — Wednesday, 12 p.m. ET
Nigeria vs. Germany — Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET

STREAM: Final group stage games of men’s Olympics soccer

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Neymar Jr #10 Brasil during the men's soccer match bewtween Brazil and Iraq at Mane Garrincha Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 7, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
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The final group games of the men’s soccer tournament at Rio 2016 have arrived and there is still plenty on the line.

[ STREAM: Every game at Rio 2016 live

Most notably host nation Brazil, led by superstar Neymar, needs to beat Denmark to make the quarterfinals. Elsewhere just two of the eight spots for the next stage of the competition are locked up as goal differential could play a factor. Strap in, folks. This promises to be a fun afternoon and evening of Olympic soccer. You can find an explainer of who can qualify here.

Below is a full schedule for when each game is available to watch.

[ MORE: Who can qualify for QF? ]

All you have to do is hit the link above to stream every game live online.


Men’s Group D
Algeria-Portugal
Aug. 10 12:00 p.m. EDT

Men’s Group D
Argentina-Honduras
Aug. 10 12:00 p.m. EDT

Men’s Group C
Germany-Fiji
Aug. 10 3:00 p.m. EDT

Men’s Group C
South Korea-Mexico
Aug. 10 3:00 p.m. EDT

Men’s Group B
Colombia-Nigeria
Aug. 10 6:00 p.m. EDT

Men’s Group B
Japan-Sweden
Aug. 10 6:00 p.m. EDT

Men’s Group A
Denmark-Brazil
Aug. 10 9:00 p.m. EDT

Men’s Group A
South Africa-Iraq
Aug. 10 9:00 p.m. EDT

CONCACAF & CONMEBOL: Lionel Messi injured in final pre-Copa friendly

LANDOVER, MD - MARCH 27: Lionel Messi of the Argentinian national soccer team sits on the bench as his teammates practice on the field in preparation to take on El Salvador at FedExField on March 27, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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A roundup of international friendlies as 16 North, Central and South American and Caribbean nations prepare for the 2016 Copa America Centenario…

[ COPA AMERICA PREVIEWS: Group A | BC | D ]

Argentina 1-0 Honduras

Gonzalo Higuain, who recently set a brand new record for most goals scored in a single Serie A season (36 goals in 35 games played), continued his scintillating 2015-16 season by scoring the only goal in Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Honduras in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday (WATCH HERE).

The result obviously takes a backseat to news that Lionel Messi left the game injured midway through the second half. Following a corner kick that was cleared from the Honduras penalty area, Messi took a blow to the lower back and/or hip on his left side. The Barcelona superstar tumbled to the ground in a heap. He walked off the field under his own power, but was clearly in a great deal of pain before deciding he couldn’t continue.

That says Messi suffered an injury to his left side and that tests (MRI) are being done to determine the severity of the knock. La Albiceleste will kick off their Group D campaign against the reigning Copa holders, Chile, on June 6 in Santa Clara, Calif.

[ MORE: Preview — USMNT faces Bolivia in final Copa America tune-up ]

Uruguay 3-1 Trinidad and Tobago

With Luis Suarez currently on the shelf injured, it’s Edinson Cavani’s time to shine for Uruguay. The Paris Saint-Germain frontman — who’ll coincidentally also be “the man” for his club side with Zlatan Ibrahimovic heading for the exit door — bagged a first-half brace in La Celeste‘s 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Trinidad and Tobago. His first came from the penalty spot in the 26th minute, followed not long after by another from open play in the 40th minute. Matias Vecino added the third for Uruguay in the 52nd minute. T&T took an early lead through Jomal Williams’ opener on 7 minutes.

Cavani scored 19 goals in 32 Ligue 1 appearances this season, making him the league’s third-highest scorer, behind Zlatan (38) and Alexandre Lacazette (21). Suarez, on the other hand, won this year’s La Liga Golden Boot after scoring 40 goals in 35 league games. Uruguay will begin their Group C campaign against Mexico on June 5 in Glendale, Ariz.

[ MORE: Ranking Copa America contenders — what are USMNT’s chances? ]

Chile 1-2 Jamaica

No longer content as CONCACAF’s best-kept secret, Jamaica are took their upsetting ways to a different level on Friday, knocking off South America’s reigning champions, 1-2 in Viña del Mar, Chile.

Clayton Donaldson and Simon Dawkins scored for the Reggae Boyz either side of halftime before Nicolas Castillo pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute. Winfried Schäfer’s side will join Uruguay and Mexico in Group C, along with Venezuela, their tournament-opening opponents on June 5 in Chicago, Ill.

Elsewhere in international friendlies

Costa Rica vs. Venezuela (underway)