Brazil vs Ivory Coast LIVE Football Match Score July 25/7/2021
Clearly dedicated to his national duty, Everton forward Richarlison headed straight to Japan after taking part in the Copa America final defeat to Argentina earlier this month and his commitment was rewarded with a hat-trick, which was followed by Paulinho’s late strike to secure a 4-2 win. Though a Germany side later reduced to ten men eventually bagged two second-half goals, a comeback never looked likely.
Only once since 1976 have a Brazilian squad failed to collect a medal of some sort from a trip to an Olympic Games, so such a win was widely expected back home, but Andre Jardine’s team appear to be handling the pressure suitably well.
They are certainly in fine form, as former Sao Paulo manager Jardine has now led Brazil’s next generation – aided by some experienced heads – to three successive victories, by an aggregate of 12 goals to four. That threat in the final third will surely leave opponents fearing the iconic Verde-Amarela shirts flooding into their box as the tournament progresses.
In fact, the ex-Atalanta man’s fellow Serie A star, full-back Wilfried Singo, has stated the squad are intent on surpassing even their fans’ high hopes to portray a positive image of the country worldwide, speaking of their privilege in representing Ivory Coast at these uniquely global Games.
Brazil started their Tokyo Olympics campaign in ominous fashion with a 4-2 beating of Germany in their first group match, but now they face the other side to win their opener among the quartet, Ivory Coast.
While there can be no doubting the quality on show for the reigning champions, who won on home soil in Rio five years ago, Ivory Coast will also feel they have the talent to trouble Dani Alves, Richarlison and co.
Manchester United pair Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo, AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie and Fiorentina striker Christian Kouame all bring plenty of pedigree and they’ll have to be right on top form to cause an upset here.
A win for either nation will put them within touching distance of the knockout stage, with the top two in each group progressing.