Olympic Football

Brazil must overcome intense pressure to win historic Olympic gold

Brazil face Mexico on this afternoon with the chance to make history by bringing home the only title the five-time world champions are yet to win. Star player and national idol Neymar will play in his first major final for the Seleção hoping to establish a winning mentality before he leads his country on home soil at the Fifa confederations Cup next year, the World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Japan and Mexico set up Wembley showdown

Japan advanced to their first Olympic semi-final in 44 years by beating Egypt 3-0 in the quarter-finals, giving them a chance to improve on the bronze they won in 1968. "We are now in the position to challenge the world," Japan's coach, Takashi Sekizuka, said. "The team is getting stronger and stronger game by game."

Stuart Pearce: Early exit must not spell end of Team GB experiment

If Great Britain's men's footballers are eliminated tonight, Stuart Pearce hopes that it will not be the end of them. Britain play Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this evening, knowing that defeat will likely prevent them from reaching the quarter-finals. Given Uruguay's qualities it is not an improbable outcome, and Pearce, the coach, fears that it might be the end of the experiment which he has overseen.