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Brazil beat Belgium for Olympic bronze

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Brazil overcame the bitter disappointment of its humiliating 3-0 semi-final defeat to the biggest rivals Argentina by beating Belgium 3-0 to claim the bronze medal consolation in Shanghai.

It was the second time they had met in the competition, after Brazil won 1-0 in their opening group match.

Diego opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Rafinha's cross was picked by Diego with a first touch strike past Belgium goalkeeper Logan Bailly.

Jo added the second just before halftime, heading in a rebound into the open net after Bailly blocked Ramires' blast from 10 meters out.

Brazil sealed their second victory over Belgium in injury time through a solo effort by Jo.

The Brazilians arrived in China on a task to win their first Olympic gold medal, but had been denied by Argentina in the semifinals.

The five-time world champions has never won an Olympic gold medal. The bronze medals adds to its collection of two silvers (1984, 1988) and another bronze at Atlanta in 1996.

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