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Olympic Soccer Wednesday: Men's Game 3. How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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Brazil look to salvage their Olympic hopes and defending Gold medalist Mexico look to survive a bizarre three way tie-breaker that involves picking on Fiji. Men's Soccer Day 3 Preview, Olympic Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

Iraq through and Brazil out? It could happen today.
Iraq through and Brazil out? It could happen today.
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Unlike the Olympics Women's tournament where two third place teams get through to the Quarter-Finals (congrats Sweden and Australia!) the Men's Soccer tournament has four groups of four where only the top two from each group advance.  14 of the 16 teams that qualified for Rio 2016 are mathematically alive to advance to the Quarter-Finals (sorry Algeria and Fiji) today.  Let's preview each group separately in the order they will play along with their TV and Streaming listings.

How to Watch: Soccer at the Olympics:

Group D (Portugal, Honduras, Argentina, Algeria)

Algeria v Portugal
Wednesday, 9 AM
Location: Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
TV: None
Streaming: Men's Soccer Match 17

Argentina v Honduras
Wednesday, 9 AM
Location: Mane Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia
TV: NBCSN
Streaming: Men's Soccer Match 18

Portugal sit on six points with wins over Argentina and Honduras and only need a draw to win Group D.  Algeria have already been eliminated after tough close losses to both Honduras (3-2) and Argentina (2-1).

The winner of Argentina v Honduras are guaranteed to advance and in case of a draw, Honduras will go through on goal differential.

Group C (South Korea, Mexico, Germany, Fiji)

Germany v Fiji
Wednesday, Noon
Location: Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
TV: None
Streaming: Men's Soccer Match 19

South Korea v Mexico
Wednesday, Noon
Location: Mane Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia
TV: MSNBC, Telemundo, NBC Universo, Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Men's Soccer Match 20

This group is interesting, but not if you are Fiji.  Mexico tied Germany in their opener, then Germany tied South Korea in the second game while both Mexico and South Korea have both beaten Fiji.  Germany will beat Fiji today, but the question is by how much?  With goal differential the first tie breaker, it is going to be a long day for Fiji.  South Korea beat Fifi 8-0 and Mexico beat Fiji 5-1, so in the case of a tie between Mexico and South Korea today South Korea will go through.  And in the same scenario, Germany will need to beat Fiji by four goals or more to ensure their tiebreaker over Mexico.  To win the group, Germany is going to need to beat Fiji by 8 or more in case of a Mexico v South Korea draw.

So the TL:DR for Group C: The winner of South Korea v Mexico will win the group.  In case of a tie it will come down to a three way tiebreaker with Germany.  And Germany is going to be incentivized to beat a Fiji team that has been outscored 13-1 over two games by at least 8 goals.  Poor Fiji.

Mexico have made two injury replacements to the roster since Sunday's game against South Korea.  Gone are Oribe Peralta (broken nose) and Rodolfo Pizarro (fractured leg) who have been replaced by Carlos Fierro and Raul Lopez.

Group B (Nigeria, Colombia, Japan, Sweden)

Colombia v Nigeria
Wednesday, 3 PM
Location: Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo
TV: NBC Universo
Streaming: Men's Soccer Match 22

Japan v Sweden
Wednesday, 3 PM
Location: Fonte Nova Arena, Salvador
TV: Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Men's Soccer Match 21

After the saga Nigeria endured to get to Manaus, only arriving hours before kickoff, it is amazing that they are the only team to have secured first in their group heading into the final game.  Only Nigeria and Portugal have six points after two rounds out of the 16 teams that qualified for the Olympics.

Nigeria head to Sao Paolo to take on a dangerous Colombia team that have two draws from their first two games.  Colombia has finished with identical 2-2 scorelines against Sweden and Japan.  With only 18 player rosters and such a compact schedule, look for Nigeria to take advantage of their unique position heading into matchday 3 and rest as many players as possible.  With a win Colombia advance in second no matter what happens in the Japan v Sweden game.

In case of a Japan v Sweden draw and a Nigeria win over Colombia it will come down to goal differential with all three of Japan, Sweden and Colombia on two points.  Nigeria beat both Japan and Sweden by one goal, but this is where Japan's crazy 5-4 scoreline in their loss to Nigeria will come into play.  With goals scored as the next tiebreaker, Japan has the upper hand in a Japan v Sweden draw scenario.

Group A (Denmark, Iraq, Brazil, South Africa)

South Africa v Iraq
Wednesday, 6 PM
Location: Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo
TV: None
Streaming: Men's Soccer Match 24

Denmark v Brazil
Wednesday, 6 PM
Location: Fonte Nova Arena, Salvador
TV: NBCSN, NBC Universo, Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Men's Soccer Match 23

This was supposed to be Brazil's Olympics. With the entire nation focused on Brazil's singular gap in their international football resume, that would be the lack of an Olympic Gold Medal, the nation expected nothing less than Gold.  Brazil even held Neymar out of Copa America and negotiated with Barcelona to have Neymar and Rafinha available to focus on this tournament.  The plan has worked to a point as they have dominated play in both of their games to date and look like a great team for stretches, however they have not scored.  Brazil has gone 180 minutes with a cumulative score of 0-0 at home in the Olympics.

Denmark lead Group A on 4 points.  A Brazil win over Denmark would see Brazil advance no matter the result in the South Africa v Iraq game and in the case of an Iraq win, it would come down to goal differential.  If both Iraq and Brazil win by the same score, since both teams come into the final round with two points from identical nil-nil draws then it would come down to a drawing of lots to see who won the group.  In case of identical draws in Group A, Denmark would win the group, then Iraq and Brazil would draw lots to see who advanced.

An Iraq win over South Africa sees them through to the knockout round regardless of the Brazil result.

Other Notable Olympic Broadcasts Today:

Cycling, Men's and Women's Road Time Trial.
Both of Taylor Phinney's parents earned medals in LA 1984, he returns from a horrific injury in 2014 to fight for a medal in an event he finished 4th in 2012.
NBCSN, 6 AM

Men's Rubgy, USA v Fifi
The USA earned a split in pool play yesterday losing a heartbreaker to Argentina 14-17 before rebounding with a 26-0 thrashing of host Brazil.  They take on World #1 in 7's rugby, Fiji,  to finish pool play hoping to slip into the quarterfinals later in the afternoon.
Stream only, 7 AM http://stream.nbcolympics.com/mens-rugby-pool-13-18

Men's Rugby, Quarterfinals.  Teams TBD
CNBC, 2 PM

NBC Primetime features Katie Ledecky back in the 4 x 200M relay, Micheal Phelps in the 200M individual medley, Kerri Walsh Jennings and new partner April Ross in beach volleyball and the Simon Biles of men's gymnastics, Japan's Kohei Uchimura, going for Gold in the Men's all around competition.
NBC, 8 PM