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Rio 2016 Olympics Men’s Football: Group D match day two

RealSport look back at the games from Group D of the Men's Football.

Group D is another tightly balanced group with two of Algeria, Honduras, Portugal and Argentina leaving Rio before the knockout stages. All was still to play for after Argentina beat Algeria 2-1 thanks to a winner by Calleri, and Portugal recovered from going behind in under a minute to win 2-1 and put themselves in pole position to qualify.

Portugal were stunned at the start of the match as Honduras took the lead in the first minute through Elis, equaling the record set by Mexico in the last Olympics. Honduras could have held on to this lead, but lapses in defensive concentration lead to Portugal drawing level, as Figueiredo scored after a short corner was taken. Both teams had many charges but Portugal were the more defensively sound and therefore dealt Honduras a blow to qualifying after their emphatic win last time out.

Argentina dominated the possession in the first half of the game against Algeria, in what was a slow first half of football. Argentina looked in-control of the game after Correa scored, despite the fact that they were down to ten men. However, Bendebka sprung the offside trap and equalised in the second half. Algeria threw away a chance at the draw when Abdellaouia got a red card and their defence had to reorganise themselves, allowing Portugal to capitalise.

Portugal are clearly favourites to go into the next round when they take on Algeria in the next match day. Honduras will hope to organise their defence and grab the point they need against Argentina in order to qualify.

Rio 2016 Olympics Men’s Football: Group D match day two

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