BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (Reuters) – Reigning Olympic men’s football Brazil qualified for this summer’s tournament in Japan with a 3-0 win over Argentina on Sunday.

Brazil had to beat their arch rivals in the Colombia qualifier in to join them as one of South America’s two representatives at the Tokyo Games.

Paulinho scored the opener after 11 before Matheus Cunha added a second on the half-hour mark and a third early in the second half.

Argentina had already qualified for Tokyo after winning their first two matches in the round robin qualifying tournament. Uruguay lost out despite beating hosts Colombia 3-1 earlier on Sunday.

Brazil won the medal at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, them the last major international title to have eluded them.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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