The finalists in 2016 meet on the first day of men’s football action at Tokyo 2020
Defending gold medallists Brazil open their defence of their men’s football Olympics crown at Tokyo 2020 with a meeting with Germany.
It was the Germans who Brazil edged past in the final five years ago in a dramatic penalty shootout.
After producing one of the defining images of a home Olympics, Brazil’s squad of typically talented young footballers will have their eyes on a similar triumph.
However they start against a German squad that looks likely to also be in the medal mix come the knockout stage.
Here is everything you need to know before the Group D match:
When is the match?
The match is due to begin at 12.30pm BST at the International Stadium Yokohama.
Where can I watch it?
The match is due to be aired via the BBC Red Button or on the BBC iPlayer, while viewers can also watch the game on Eurosport 1 and via discovery+
What is the team news?
Both nations have named reasonably strong squads for the Olympics. Overage pick and captain Dani Alves is the most eye-catching name among a Brazil squad bidding to defend their crown, which also includes Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz and Richarlison of Everton. Diego Carlos and Santos are the other two over-23 picks for Brazil head coach Andre Jardine.
Germany coach Stefan Kuntz, meanwhile, has included three Bundesliga regulars as his overage players – Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold, Union Berlin’s Max Kruse and Nadiem Amiri of Bayer Leverkusen should provide plenty of creativity. Goalkeeper Svend Brodersen could familiarise himself with his new home city having recently joined Yokohama FC.
Brazil U23: Santos; Alves, Carlos, Nino, Arana; Luiz, Reinier, Claudinho; Antony, Richarlison, Cunha
Germany U23: Muller; Henrichs, Pieper, Uduokhai, Raum; Stach, Arnold, Maier; Richter, Kruse, Amir
Defending champions Brazil should be too strong for Germany and are likely to kickstart the defence of their gold medal with a victory. Brazil 3-0 Germany