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Leandro Damiao leads Brazil to a showdown with Mexico

Leandro Damiao scored another two goals as tournament favourites Brazil cruised past South Korea 3-0 at Old Trafford in the men's Olympic competition.

They now face a showdown with Mexico in the final at Wembley, whilst the Koreans will play Japan for the bronze medal.  

Striker Damiao took his total to six goals for the competition after Romulo had put Brazilians infront. 

Brazil's manager Mano Menezes made a surprising decision to drop Hulk from the starting 11, bringing back Alex Sandro after his suspension in the final group match.

It looked a risky move, especially when the Koreans made the brighter start.

Early pressure 

Tottenham midfielder Sandro had to clear off the line to deny Kim Hyun-Sung and Ji-Dong Won also came close but was closed down from six yards out by a critical Juan Jesus challenge.

Having only scored three goals in this competition upto this point, failing to take the early openings cost the brave South Koreans and the Samba Boys soon started to take command.

Eight minutes before half-time, new Chelsea signing Oscar played a clinical pass into the path of Romulo, who sneaked his strike in at the goalkeeper's near post.

Although Kim-Bo-Kyung had a penalty shout turned down for a lazy challenge by Sandro, the watching crowd, which included Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, had a sense of feeling that a second goal was on the way for the South Americans. 

It duly arrived in the 57th minute through the unstoppable Leandro Damiao.


An excellent move involving Neymar and Marcelo saw Neymar attempt to find Marcelo to shoot. The Real Madrid defender fell over but Damiao made no mistake and coolly dispatched his fifth of the competition.

Six minutes later, the match was put beyond doubt with Neymar at the heart of a crisp move again, which led to Leandro Damiao's second goal.

Neymar was found by Thiago Silva, drifted inside and found Oscar. Via a deflection, the ball ended at the feet of Tottenham target Damiao, who in the form he currently is, was never going to miss.

The last time Brazil reached an Olympic final was at the Seoul games in 1988, when they finished with the silver medal. That side contained 1994 World Cup winners Bebeto and Romario.

Now, they have the chance to finally win Olympic gold and with 15 goals in five games so far, few would bet past them against the Mexicans at Wembley in the final. 

By Alberto Lliteras - Follow me on Twitter @albertolliteras

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