Road To The Olympic Games

Brazil downs Belgium for men's soccer bronze

Brazil captured the bronze medal in the men's soccer tournament at the Beijing Games with a 3-0 win over Belgium.

Brazil captured the bronze medal in the men's soccer tournament at the Beijing Games with a 3-0 win over Belgium.

Forward Jo scored two goals in the win, while midfielder Diego opened the match's scoring for Brazil, which will wait another four years for its first Olympic gold medal in men's soccer.

"For the fourth time we got a medal for Brazil in the Olympics, and we are very happy about it," Brazil coach Dunga said.

Diego scored in the 27th minute, darting past a defender into the penalty area to redirect a cross from Rafinha just inside the far left post.

Jo then doubled the lead for Brazil just before the half expired.

After a shot from Ramires was partially knocked away by Belgian goalkeeper Logan Bailly, the rebound bounced off the ground and onto the head of Jo, who had the easy tap-in to put Brazil up 2-0 at the half.

The Brazlian striker added a goal late in injury time to round out the scoring.

"I think we justified our position in the last four," Belgium coach Jean Francois De Sart said. "Today we played a good match. We had a lot of chances against Brazil, which is a big team with a lot of players.

"If you were to compare the value of the players of Brazil and Belgium, you have a big difference, but on the field today you didn't see this big difference."

Argentina will face Nigeria at National Stadium in the gold-medal match on Saturday.

With files from the Associated Press