Mexico will kick off their title defense when they collide with Germany in Day 1 of the Rio Olympics 2016 soccer competition. The two powerhouse teams will face off on Thursday at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.
Mexico are the defending Olympic champions, but the odds are against them this year. Brazil, who will be led by popular talisman and FC Barcelona superstar Neymar, are considered favorites to win the tournament.
El Tri manager Potro Gutierrez and his squad will be defending their title without U23 superstar Jesus Corona. With Corona out, all eyes will be on Hirving Lozano, who has been getting a lot of attention as of late. His Pachuca teammates Rodolfo Pizzaro and Erick Gutierrez are also expected to make an impact in the tournament.
Lozano, who plays in the midfield for Liga MX Club Pachuca, is expected to carry bigger responsibility for El Tri in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 21-year-old winger has been playing well as of late, enough to get the attention of top-tier teams, including English Premier League club Manchester United.
The young Mexican squad also have enough stabilizers in the lineup. Oribe Peralta will return to defend the gold medal they won in 2012, Alfredo Talavera will man the goal, while Jorge Torres will be providing the much-needed toughness for El Tri.
On the other hand, Germany will feature Max Meyer, who is also expected to make headlines in the tournament. They will also parade twins Lars and Sven Bender along with the other overage player Nils Petersen. Germany coach Horst Hrusbech will lead the team who will play without Bernd Leno, Julian Draxler, Emre Can and Joshua Kimmich.
The Germany vs. Mexico Rio Olympics 2016 soccer match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET. It will be available on USA Network and through live stream via NBC Sports Live Extra.
More TV broadcast and streaming details are available on Live Soccer TV. Mexico is expected to start the tournament with a bang. Using their experience, they are tipped to ran away with a 2-0 win over the Germans.
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