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Olympics Soccer Recap: The Latin American Teams Going into Finals

In the Olympics, both the men and women have Latino teams playing for medals. The host nation looks to win gold with the men & bronze with the women.
Brazil vs Honduras - Semi Final: Men's Football - Olympics: Day 12
Marquinhos of Brazil celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Men's Semifinal Football match between Brazil and Honduras at Maracana Stadium at the Olympic Games on August 17, 2016.William Volcov / LatinContent/Getty Images

Many soccer fans went into the Olympics hoping the best for their countries' teams, but this year it was host nation Brazil who was the favorite to win in both the men's and women's soccer tournaments.

Brazil came out strong during their opening matches and both the men and women won their groups setting them off to the quarter-finals.

Neymar #10 of Brazil celebrates a goal by team mate Gabriel Jesus #11 of Brazil during the Brazil Vs Honduras Men's Semifinal match at Maracana Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilTim Clayton/Corbis / Corbis via Getty Images

With the men, favorites to win were Brazil facing off Colombia, in what many never would have guessed considering what took place in the 2014 World Cup. Then, Brazil knocked out Colombia after a controversial game left Brazilian star Neymar out of the tournament.

This year, in the Olympics, the Brazilians did it again, defeating Colombia 2-0 and moving on to play Honduras in the semi-finals. This was an all Latino semi-final that saw Brazil come into the game with a force not many expected.

Thrashing Honduras 6-0, Brazil got multiple players on the goal-scoring sheet. The Brazilian captain who plays his club soccer for FC Barcelona in Spain scored the fastest Olympic soccer goal ever.

Boosting the confidence of the whole team, after their dominant quarter and semi-final showdowns, the Brazilian men will face Germany in the Olympic final that will be played in Rio's iconic Maracana Stadium on Saturday August 20 at 4:30pm EST.

Honduras will play Nigeria for bronze on the same day at 12:00pm EST.

On the other side of things, the Brazilian women started off strong and defeated Australia in a penalty shoot out after the game finished with a 0-0 tie.

Marta of Brazil goes to ground looking dejected following the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilMark Kolbe / Getty Images

The women went on to face Sweden in the Olympics semi-finals but their penalty shoot -out luck had ran out. After the 0-0 draw with Sweden, the Brazilian women failed to capitalize on their spot kicks.

In the women's finals, Germany plays Sweden Friday August 19 at 4:30pET. In the bronze medal match, the Brazilian women will look to finish strong against Canada.

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