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Portugal, Honduras advance to quarterfinals from Group D

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Algeria vs. Portugal 

On Match Day 3 in the Olympic men’s soccer tournament, Portugal and Algeria played to a 1-1 draw in each team’s final match of group play.

Algeria had the first scoring chance of the match in the 13th minute as Oussama Darfalou won a header in the box, but Portugal goalkeeper Bruno Varela kept the ball out with a diving save. 

Midway through the first half, Portugal’s Mane was tackled in the box by Algeria goalkeeper Oussama Methazem and drew a penalty. Teammate Paciencia stepped up to take the penalty kick and converted to give his side the 1-0 lead. 

Algeria found an equalizer in the 30th minute as Mohammed Benkablia got past a defender and sent a curling shot into the back of the net.

The teams went into halftime tied 1-1. 

Portugal and Algeria remained evenly matched through the second half with both teams creating chances, but neither converting as the match ended 1-1

Each team recorded six shots on goal while Portugal held 52 percent of the possession. 

Portugal advances to the quarterfinals as the top team in Group D with seven points from three matches. Algeria exits the Olympic tournament with one point. 

Argentina vs. Honduras 

Argentina and Honduras faced off with a quarterfinal berth on the line. Both teams came into the match with three points with Honduras holding a slim one goal advantage in goal differential. 

In a tight and tense match, which saw each side miss a penalty kick, Honduras drew with Argentina 1-1. 

Argentina was the more threatening side in the first half, causing problems for the Honduras defense on multiple free kicks.

In the 15th minute, Jonathan Calleri made a run into the box and got by his defender, but his volley went wide of the goal.

Just a few minutes later, another dangerous Argentina free kick was sent into the box, but again the team could not find the goal as Lautaro Giannetti’s flick was off target. 

Honduras had its first scoring chance of the half just shy of the 20-minute mark as Antony Lozano got behind the Argentina defense on a breakaway. However, Argentina goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli was able to tackle the ball away from Lozano before he could get a shot off. 

In stoppage time of the first half, Honduras drew a penalty kick after Rulli fouled Alberth Ellis in the box. Honduras captain Bryan Acosta stepped in to take the penalty, but his shot was saved by Rulli to send the teams into half tied at 0-0. 

Roughly ten minutes into the second half Argentina’s Calleri was pulled down in the box by defender Marcelo Pereira to give Argentina a penalty kick. 

Angel Correa had the chance to give his side the lead from the penalty spot, but he sent his shot off the outside of the post and wide. 

In the 72nd minute, Ellis drew another penalty for Honduras has he was tackled in the box by Giannetti. This time, Lozano stepped up for Honduras and scored his shot to give his team the 1-0 lead.

After falling behind, Argentina was in need of two goals in order to qualify for the quarterfinals. 

In the 82nd minute, Argentina’s Calleri had a great chance to get one of those goals after a nice combination play at the top of the box, but his shot was deflected away by Pereira. 

In the third minute of stoppage time Mauricio Martinez scored on a deflected free kick to tie the score 1-1.

Argentina put pressure on the Honduras defense in the remaining minutes of stoppage time but could not find a goal. 

With the draw, Honduras finishes second in Group D and advances to the quarterfinals. Argentina is eliminated from the Olympic tournament. 

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