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Leverkusen's Javier Hernandez, top, and Bayern's David Alaba challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Chicharito breaks hand in stair fall; Will miss Bundesliga opener

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Javier Hernandez’s quest to build on his blistering Bundesliga debut is going to have to wait a bit.

Hernandez, 28, broke his hand falling down stairs, and surely Bayer Leverkusen will be asking a certain landlord to invest in better railings.

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El Tri star “Chicharito” scored 26 goals last year for Bayer, including 17 in 28 Bundesliga matches and five in European competition.

The 86-times capped Mexican striker added a pair of goals in eight appearances for El Tri.

From Bundesliga.com/en:

The Mexican, who top-scored for Die Werkself in 2016/17 with 17 league goals, fell down the stairs in his apartment, breaking a metacarpal bone in his right hand. He was operated on at a hospital in Merheim, and is expected to be available for action in two weeks’ time.

Tough blow for Hernandez and his club. Looking forward to seeing him back on the pitch come Match Day 3.

Olympic Roundup: Mexico and Argentina bounced, Germany obliterates Fiji

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Gomes Jose Luis #4 of Argentina deplores the downgrading in the first phase during the Group D match between Argentina and Honduras on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
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Olympic soccer continues to frustrate South American powers.

With Brazil struggling mightily, Argentina was dumped out of the competition, eliminated after a 1-1 draw with Honduras where a victory was needed for the two-time Olympic champions.

With the match scoreless, both sides sandwiched halftime with missed penalties. Antony Lozano converted one from the spot for Honduras in the 75th minute, and while Mauricio Martinez pulled it back level in injury time with a deflected free-kick, it was too little too late.

The result sends Honduras through to the quarterfinals, finishing second in Group D on goal differential. The Group D winner was Portugal, who played to a 1-1 draw with Algeria, enough to give them a seven-point performance in the group stage.

Mexico was also ousted following a vastly disappointing 1-0 loss to South Korea. Kwon Chang-hoon scored in the 75th minute to send the defending champions home. Mexico was in command through most of the first half and early second half, but could not convert a number of chances. Carlos Cisneros was most wasteful, coming agonizingly close twice in the second half.

The win gave South Korea the top spot in Group C. Germany made it through in second place, thrashing Fiji 10-0. Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry starred for the Germans, with a pair of goals. Max Meyer was also prolific, bagging a hat-trick by the 52nd minute. The Pacific Games qualifiers were vastly overmatched throughout group stage play, finishing with just a single goal scored and 23 against.

Finally, Colombia defeated Nigeria as both teams secured spots in the knockout stage in the process. Nigeria was already through before kickoff with two wins through its first two matches, securing the top spot in Group B. The Colombians moved on with the 2-0 victory, going ahead just four minutes in via Teofilo Guitierrez and doubling their advantage past the hour mark as Dorlan Pabon converted from the spot.

Brazil still has yet to play, needing a win over Denmark to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. Kickoff for that game is 9:00 E.T. The hosts have been listless through their first two matches, playing to a pair of draws against Iraq and South Africa.

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.

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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.

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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

Group scenarios: Can Neymar, Brazil keep Rio 2016 dream alive?

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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Host nation Brazil, led by Barcelona superstar Neymar, were booed off the pitch once again on Sunday as they drew 0-0 with Iraq and left their Olympic hopes in the balance. 

After two 0-0 ties in their opening two group games, the host nation are on the brink of elimination from the Olympics.

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One of the pre-tournament favorites, Brazil has never won Olympic gold and they aren’t coping with the pressure of being on home soil well. At all.

Ahead of the final round of group games taking place on Wednesday in the men’s competition, we thought it would be a good time to see how things stand.

The top two teams from all four groups make it through to the quarterfinals of the tournament and below we take a look at the current standings, who plays who in the final round of group games and the scenarios which could play out.


Group A 

  1. Denmark – 4 points
  2. Brazil – 2 points
  3. Iraq – 2 points
  4. South Africa – 1 point

Denmark vs  Brazil
South Africa vs. Iraq

Scenarios: If Brazil beat Denmark then they will advance to the quarterfinals. If either Iraq or South Africa win, plus Brazil fail to beat Denmark, then Brazil will be eliminated. If South Africa beat Iraq and Denmark beat Brazil then South Africa will reach the last eight. So, everyone still has a chance to advance but the situation for Brazil is simple: win and you are in.


Group B

  1. Nigeria – 6 points (Advanced)
  2. Colombia – 2 points
  3. Japan – 1 point
  4. Sweden – 1 point

Colombia vs. Nigeria
Sweden vs. Japan

Scenarios: The situation is clear for Nigeria, the Super Eagles are through after two wins from two. Awesome. The rest is, erm, complicated. Colombia know if they beat Nigeria in their final group game then they will also be through to the last eight and if they draw and Sweden vs. Japan ends in a draw then Colombia will go through. Both Sweden and Japan have -1 goal differential, so if either wins and Colombia draws or loses then the winner of Sweden vs. Japan will advance to the last eight. If Colombia loses and Sweden vs. Japan ends in a draw then all three teams will end on 2 points. If that happens and Colombia lose 1-0, then all three teams will be level on goal differential at -1. That means the next tie-breaker, goals scored, will be used. Japan has scored six goals, while Colombia has four and Sweden has scored two going into the final group game. So, the remaining three teams in the group are all alive and fighting for second spot.


Group C

  1. South Korea – 4 points
  2. Mexico – 4 points
  3. Germany – 2 points
  4. Fiji – 0 points (Eliminated)

South Korea vs. Mexico
Fiji vs. Germany

Scenarios: It seems like a straight shootout between Mexico and South Korea for top spot. Both teams have four points and they face each other in their final group game with South Korea having +8 goal differential and Mexico at +4. That means Germany will have to beat already eliminated Fiji heavily and hope that there’s a winner between South Korea and Mexico. If that games does end in a draw and Germany win, as expected, then South Korea, Mexico and Germany will all end up on five points and goal differential will be needed as a tie-breaker. Germany is currently on 0 so they’d need to at least win by five to give themselves a chance of advancing if there’s a winner between South Korea and Mexico. Intriguing.


Group D

  1. Portugal – 6 points (Advanced)
  2. Honduras – 3 points
  3. Argentina – 3 points
  4. Algeria – 0 points (Eliminated)

Argentina vs. Honduras
Algeria vs. Portugal

Scenarios: Portugal is through and Algeria is out so Group D is pretty simple. The winner of Honduras vs. Argentina makes the quarterfinals and if it is a draw, Honduras will go through as their goal differential currently stands at 0, while Argentina is a -1.


Olympic roundup: Brazil booed off after another 0-0 draw; Mexico avoid disaster

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Gabriel Jesus #11 of Brazil during the men's soccer match against 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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A roundup of all the day’s action from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil…

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Brazil 0-0 Iraq

Remember when Brazil’s men’s national teams were good? It’s been a while, and it only got worse Sunday night as, for the second time these Olympics, the host nation was held to a 0-0 draw. There were boos after the opening downer against South Africa. There were more boos when the scoreless streak reached 180 minutes against Iraq.

With one game left in Group A play, Brazil would still win the group with a victory over Denmark, but it wasn’t supposed to come down to that. Neymar didn’t skip Copa America 2016 for this.

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Fiji 1-5 Mexico

At halftime, Mexico found themselves 1-0 down to Fiji, thanks to Roy Krishna’s opener in the 10th minute. After 13 minutes of the second half, they were 3-1 up and Erick Gutierrez had himself a hat trick. Carlos Salcedo added a fourth and Gutierrez added Mexico’s fifth, his fourth of the game. Disaster averted.

Germany 3-3 South Korea

Arsenal’s Serge Gnarby scored twice for Germany and Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min bagged one of his own as Germany and South Korea went back and forth in an absolutely bananas 3-3 draw. The longest period of time that a lead lasted in this game: eight minutes. Germany went 2-1 through Davie Selke in the 55th minute, but Son hit back two minutes later. Suk Hyun-jun put South Korea 3-2 ahead in the 87th minute, but Gnarby equalized in the 92nd minute. South Korea are level with Mexico on four points at the top of Group C, with Germany two points back in third. Germany will face Fiji in the finale, which means it’s Mexico for South Korea.

Japan 2-2 Colombia

Teo Gutierrez scored and Hiroki Fujiharu contributed an own goal to put the Colombia 2-0 ahead after 65 minutes, but the lead was halved just two minutes later and erased completely seven minutes after that. With Group B-topping Nigeria still to play in the finale, progression into the quarterfinals is in serious doubt for the Colombians.

Elsewhere in Olympic action

Denmark 1-0 South Africa
Sweden 0-1 Nigeria