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Japan vs. Mexico: Men’s Olympic soccer live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds, time

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Japan and 2012 Olympic champions Mexico will meet at Saitama Stadium 2002 for the bronze medal with the hosts able to win their first-ever soccer medal. Samurai Blue went down to a Marco Asensio goal in extra time against Spain while El Tri suffered penalty heartbreak against Brazil in the semifinals. Although it will not make up for the lack of a gold, both sides will be keen to ensure that they do not go home empty handed.

Here is how you can watch the match and what to know:

Storylines

Japan: Hajime Moriyasu’s men can still make history despite their semifinal disappointment as victory against Mexico will secure their first-ever soccer Olympic medal. The core of this team is young enough to use the experience of the past few weeks in future international tournaments and a bronze medal would be something to show for their progress made. They will have to continue their stalwart defensive performances and hope they can stymie Mexico the way that Brazil did. In the group stage Japan prevailed 2-1, scoring late goal thanks to a 68th minute red card to Mexico’s Johan Vasquez.

Mexico: Jaime Lozano and his side can add to the gold medal from almost 10 years ago and while Bronze might not compare with that success, it is another medal all the same. The Japanese won their last meeting in Group A and El Tri will want to put that right and deny the home nation their first medal. Mexico had been a prolific goal scoring side until they ran into Brazil. The question is will they be able to return to their high flying ways, or will a Japan once again stymie them. While Brazil held Mexico scoreless, Japan was the only other team Mexico has faced in the tournament that’s held them to even a single goal.

Viewing information

  • Date: Friday, Aug. 6 | Time: 7:00 a.m. ET
  • Location: Saitama Stadium 2002 — Saitama, Japan
  • TV: Telemundo
  • Live Stream: FuboTV (try for free)
  • Odds: JAP +170; Draw +245; MEX +155 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Prediction

With some of the pressure off, more goals than expected with the hosts just about shading it. Pick: Japan 3-2 Mexico.



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