8 Aug 2012

Brazil football win brings Olympic dream closer

9:58 am on 8 August 2012

Brazil's dream of winning an elusive Olympic football gold came a step closer to reality when they beat South Korea 3-nil in a one-sided semi-final at Old Trafford.

The victory sets them up for a title decider against Mexico at Wembley, after Mexico beat Japan 3-1 in the earlier semi-final in London.

Brazil, whose obsession with winning the Olympic gold is matched by few other countries, won with two second-half goals from Leandro Damiao, Reuters reports. Damiao, who is now the tournament's top scorer with six goals, scored after a 38th minute opener from Romulo.

The pre-tournament favourites, who have been trying to win the Olympic title without success for 60 years, have now won all five games, scoring three goals in each of them with a scoring tally of 15-5.