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Olympic Saturday: Men's Soccer Quarterfinals. How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

Olympic Men's Soccer Quarterfinals highlighted by an intriguing Brazil v Colombia nightcap. Women's Field Hockey, Badminton, Table Tennis and Volleyball feature in Other Notable Olympic Broadcasts. Men's Soccer Quarterfinals, Olympic Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

Is Field Hockey the new Curling? Check it out.
Is Field Hockey the new Curling? Check it out.
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Unlike the Olympics Women's tournament where two third place teams got through to the Quarter-Finals the Men's Soccer tournament featured four groups of four where only the top two from each group advance. Eight teams have left the Olympics and four more will join them today. Let's wish Boa Noite to Iraq, South Africa, Japan, Sweden, defending Gold medalist Mexico, Fiji, pre-tournament co-favorite Argentina and Algeria as they are already heading home.

Four quarterfinals all played at three hour intervals, let's get settled in for another long day of Olympic soccer.

How to Watch, Men's Olympic Quarter-Finals:

Portugal v Germany
Saturday, 9 AM
Location: Mane Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia
TV: NBCSN, Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Men's Soccer Quarterfinal 1

This is the same stadium where the USWNT suffered their defeat to Sweden yesterday.  The field was in horrible shape yesterday and will be even worse today, it is going to be a talking point especially as one side of the field is noticeably worse than the other.

Portugal are the defending European Champions while Germany are the defending World Cup Champion, both countries have a long history of making tournament semi-finals and beyond, but because Germany finished second in their group behind South Korea these two teams meet earlier than expected.

Nigeria v Denmark
Saturday, Noon
Location: Fonte Nova Arena, Salvador
TV: NBCSN, Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Men's Soccer Quarterfinal 2

Nigeria opened with wins over Japan (5-4) and Sweden (1-0) thus they were able to rest players in matchday three with first in the group assured where they lost to Colombia 0-2.  With the pace of this tournament, this is everyones fourth game in 10 days, that could be a massive advantage.

Denmark did not have the same luxury to rest players in their last game, but they were run off the pitch by Brazil who once they broke the goal drought decided to the run up the score to the tune of a 4-0 win over Denmark.  The Danes finished second in Group A because Iraq and South Africa could only manage a draw.  A win by either team would have seen that team through and Denmark finishing third.

South Korea v Honduras
Saturday, 3 PM
Location: Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
TV: CNBC, Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Men's Soccer Quarterfinal 3

South Korea won Group C finishing ahead of Germany, Mexico and Fiji because they were able to beat Mexico in the group finale by the score of 1-0.  Mexico were the defending gold medalists, but like on the Women's side the defending champions went out early.

Honduras has represented Concacaf well in these Olympics, they earned their spot in Brazil by knocking out the USA U-23 team.  They came into the final game knowing they needed a draw or win against one of the pre-tournament favorites in Argentina.  And they earned a very quality draw to advance.  It was not a smash and grab job as Honduras outplayed the Argentinians for long stretches of the game.

Brazil v Colombia
Saturday, 6 PM
Location: Corinthians Arena, Sao Paolo
TV: NBCSN, Olympic Soccer Channel
Streaming: Men's Soccer Quarterfinal 4

This is a rematch of the World Cup 2014 Quarterfinal that very well could have gone Colombia's way and averted the Germany 7-1 Brazil blow to the Brazilian national psyche, we will see the same countries playing in the same stadium in the same stage of the tournament.

Brazil started the tournament with consecutive 0-0 draws and the natives were getting restless as Neymar and company were controlling the games but just could not score.  Well they righted the ship in their final game and put four past a quality Denmark squad and as of yet Brazil are the only team to not have conceded a goal.

Colombia has scored two goals in each of their games.  A 2-2 opening draw against Sweden was followed by a 2-2 draw with Japan and they finished with a 2-0 win over Nigeria.  If Brazil has truly found it's scoring boots, then two goals might not be enough.  This should be a great game to finish the Olympic Quarterfinal round.

Other Notable Olympic Broadcast Today:

Badminton Preliminaries, Women's Table Tennis Team Quarterfinals, Men's Volleyball: Poland v Russia
MSNBC has a killer lineup for this 3.5 hour block that you are going to want to check in on.  Poland is the 2014 World Champions and Russia is the 2012 Gold Medalists in Men's Volleyball (Indoor).
MSNBC, 9:30 AM - 1 PM

Women's Field Hockey, USA v GBR
The USA is the surprise team of Field Hockey group play.  After bombing out of London 2012, only scoring four goals in five group play games and managing just one win, the USA is undefeated at 4-0 going into their last game against the 2012 Bronze Medalist, Great Britain.  GBR is also 4-0 in pool play.  The winner of this game will have a better seeding in the quarterfinals.  USA wins the group in case of a tie as they have the goal differential lead.

NBC Primetime features Micheal Phelps' last Olympic race, well unless he un-retires again in three years, as he swims the butterfly leg in the 4 x 100M medley relay.  And then NBC begins the full time pivot to Track and Field with the Women's 100M final, the Men's 10,000M final and the second day of the Women's Heptathalon.

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