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Brazil beats SKorea to reach men's Olympic final

By Tales Azzoni

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 7 2012 2:41 p.m. MDT

Brazil's Alex Sandro, left, fights for the ball against South Korea's Ji Dong-won during their semifinal men's soccer match at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England.

Jon Super, Associated Press

MANCHESTER, England — Leandro Damiao scored two second-half goals to help Brazil defeat South Korea 3-0 and reach its first Olympic men's final in 24 years.

Defensive midfielder Romulo put Brazil ahead in the 38th minute and Damiao added his goals in the 57th and 64th to leave the South Americans one match away from winning their first gold in football.

The Brazilians will face Mexico, which earlier Tuesday defeated Japan 3-1 at Wembley in the other semifinal.

Brazil was the bronze-medalist in 2008 in Beijing but hadn't reached the Olympic final since the 1988 Seoul Games, when a team led by Romario and Bebeto finished with the silver.

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