Egypt, who endured a torrid start to the Olympic men’s soccer competition when they trailed 3-0 to Brazil in their opener, completed a remarkable recovery by reaching the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Belarus on Wednesday,
Gold medal favourites Brazil completed their perfect run of three straight wins when they beat New Zealand 3-0 at St James’ Park, Newcastle to seal first place in Group C ahead of Egypt.
Four matches played in the afternoon produced only one goal between them when Mexico beat Switzerland 1-0 in Cardiff to win Group B. The games between South Korea and Gabon in Group B and Spain and Morocco in Group D finished goalless.
Those results meant that in Saturday’s quarter-finals Japan play Egypt at Old Trafford while Brazil face Honduras at St James’ Park, Newcastle.
There are two Group A evening matches to come with hosts Britain against Uruguay and Senegal v United Arab Emirates.
The three teams in contention in that section – Britain, Uruguay and Senegal will face either Group B winners Mexico or runners-up South Korea in the other two quarter-finals.