Rio 2016: Quarter finalists Emerge as Holders Mexico, Argentina Suffer Early Exit

Quarter finalists emerged on Thursday with reigning champions Mexico and the Argentina Olympic football team are making an early exit home from Rio Olympic 2016 men’s football event.

Hosts Brazil finally found the goal in the men’s soccer tournament at Rio 2016 to avoid an embarrassing group stage exit on home soil.

The tournament favorites had surprisingly drawn blanks in 0-0 draws against South Africa and Iraq, but had no such problems beating Denmark 4-0 in Salvador.

Argentina and defending Olympic champion Mexico weren’t as fortunate, failing to advance to the quarterfinals after disappointing showings in pool play.

In the quarterfinals, Brazil will take on Colombia, while Denmark also advanced — after South Africa and Iraq drew 1-1 — and will play Nigeria.

Colombia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Wednesday to join the African nation in progressing from Group B and oust Japan, 1-0 winners over Sweden. Germany also progressed courtesy of a 10-0 trouncing of Fiji.

Mexico finished third in Group C after suffering a 1-0 defeat in Brasilia to South Korea, which now faces Honduras.

The latter qualified at Argentina’s expense following a 1-1 draw between the two nations. Group D winner Portugal, Germany’s quarterfinal opponents, rounded off its pool campaign drawing 1-1 with Algeria.

The exit marks yet another failure for Argentina at youth level, after also going out of the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups in the first round last year.