Brazil hit five & Argentina scrape past Australia

New Zealand 0 – Brazil 5 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Brazil took a 4th minute lead over New Zealand, Pato teed up Anderson who needed three bites at the cherry before scoring. Wunderkid Pato then doubled the lead before the break, steering a lovely header into the far corner from a left wing cross. Ronaldinho almost inspired a third before the break, but his final ball was a little late, catching the Brazilians offside. It wasn’t long before Ronaldinho netted his goal, his low free-kick evading everyone in the 53rd minute. Ronaldinho made it 4-0 from the spot after having been felled running through on goal, and in injury-time Rafeal Sobis hit the fifth.

Australia 0 – Argentina 1 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Argentina dominated Australia for almost the entirety of the match without being able to find the crucial goal despite chances for Messi, Riquelme and Lavezzi. But just before the game entered the final ten minutes, the South Americans finally made the breakthrough when a lovely move was finished off by Napoli’s Lavezzi from Di Maria’s perfect cross, which was nothing more than they deserved.

Italy 3 – South Korea 0 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Goals from Rossi, Rocchi and Montolivo.

USA 2 – Holland 2 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore scored about eight minutes apart in the second half as the Americans overcame Ryan Babel’s early goal. But Gerald Sibon scored from a 22-yard free kick with seconds remaining as the heavily favored Netherlands salvaged a 2-2 tie with the United States.

Serbia 2 – Ivory Coast 4 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Sekou Cisse gave the Ivorians a third minute lead and, although Milan Mrdakovic equalised in the 16th, Slobodan Rajkovic headed the ball into his own net in the 24th and Salomon Kalou added a third goal in the 69th. Djordje Rakic scored a second for Serbia with a minute to go but the Ivorians added a fourth in injury time through Gervinho.

Belgium 2 – China 0 (Olympics, August 10, 2008)