Olympic Daily Preview: August 4

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One day ahead of the Opening Ceremony, the men’s soccer competition begins with eight games, with host nation Brazil and their electric forward Neymar squaring off on the pitch against South Africa at 3:00 pm ET.

Missing from the field for the second-straight tournament is the United States, which fell to Colombia in the qualifying playoff between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.

Check the schedule, set alert reminders and stream all the events of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games live on NBCOlympics.com

12:00 pm ET – Iraq vs. Denmark — LIVE STREAM
2:00 pm ET – Honduras vs. Algeria — LIVE STREAM
3:00 pm ET – Brazil vs. South Africa — LIVE STREAM

Soccer star Neymar leads his team against South Africa, looking to make good on his promise to win the first Olympic gold medal for Brazil on the pitch.

4:00 pm ET – Mexico vs. Germany — LIVE STREAM

Defending Olympic gold medalists Mexico come to Rio as the team that spoiled Brazil’s run at gold in 2012. In 2016, they open with Germany, one of the top soccer nations in the world. This is one of the most anticipated early round matchups.

5:00 pm ET – Portugal vs. Argentina — LIVE STREAM

Two elite teams from different ends of the globe face off on the pitch looking to open their Olympic run with a win.

6:00 pm ET – Sweden vs. Colombia — LIVE STREAM
7:00 pm ET – Fiji vs. Republic of Korea — LIVE STREAM
9:00 pm ET – Nigeria vs. Japan — LIVE STREAM