Brazil will not win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in soccer at the Olympic Games in Paris. The Brazilian Promises lost 1-0 to rival Argentina last night in the qualifiers for Venezuela. Thus, Argentina, which became the Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008, won a ticket to the Olympic Games.
Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela qualified for the final round of Olympic qualifiers in South America. All countries played against each other once. Top 2 advance to Paris.
The Brazilian team, led by star Andrek (17 years old), only needed one point against its eternal rival, but it lost. The disappointment was enormous.
Luciano Jundo's headed goal 12 minutes from time led the selection of national coach Javier Mascherano to the Games. In 2004, Argentina won the gold medal with prominent striker Carlos Tevez and coach Marcelo Bielsa, and in 2008 Lionel Messi won the title.
Mascherano, Messi's friend and former teammate in Argentina and Barcelona, has already opened the door for Messi. The 36-year-old world champion can choose whether he wants to be there or not.
Later in the evening, Paraguay also secured the qualification ticket thanks to a 2-0 win over Venezuela. Paraguay, who also beat Brazil, finished first with 7 out of 9, and Argentina got 5 out of 9, two points behind Brazil.
In Paris, selections for the Under-23 squad will be supplemented by three older players.