Argentina one win away from more Olympic glory

In Argentina there is only one thing that is sweeter than beating England... thrashing Brazil.

Long the poorer siblings to the Brazilian behemoth, Argentina finally got one over their bitter rivals with a glorious 3-0 win in the Beijing Olympics semi-final on Tuesday.

It was the first time they had beaten Brazil since June 2005, earning the mostly under-23 team a place in the final and the chance to defend the gold medal won in Athens four years ago against Nigeria on Saturday.

Aguero chests home the opener

During the first half the Brazilians focussed on Riquelme's midfield importance, scuppering any chance of the ball getting through to Messi and Aguero up front.

And there were several close shaves for Dunga's side whilst the Argentines created little, with only a stunning solo effort from eventual man-of-the-match Aguero just going wide.

But the second half proved to be their moment of glory. The appearance of Mascherano and Gogo relieved the pressure on Riquelme and opened up the game. Aguero put the Argentines ahead after the ball ricocheted in off his chest. And seven minutes later 'el Kun' – named for his similarity to a Japanese cartoon character – netted again from a poorly defended cross.

The third goal came from a Riquelme penalty after a dubious foul from Breno.

Riquelme scores third from the spot 

More than a win over the hated enemy, it was a relief to see what the younger members of the squad could bring to what has been a poorly performing senior side in recent times.

But they will be mindful of recent defeats at the final hurdle, with the national 'seleccion' having lost three major finals - twice in the Copa America and in the Copa Confederaciones - all in the last three years.