The Tokyo Olympics soccer competition fit a month's worth of drama into a pair of gripping tournaments, spanning barely over two weeks in Japan.
Both the men's and women's tournaments produced marquee final fours and enough extra time madness to last three years and then some.
Relive the best moments of soccer at the Tokyo Olympics, starting all the way back with Day -2 at the Games.
SWEDEN STIFLES UNITED STATES IN GROUP STAGE OPENER
The U.S. women's national team entered the Olympics on a 44-match undefeated streak, having never lost under new head coach Vlatko Andonovski. Sweden put a swift end to all that. The Scandinavians were bigger, faster and better on the day, handing the Americans a sobering 3-0 loss to open their Olympics.
NETHERLANDS HANGS 10 ON ZAMBIA
Vivianne Miedema is the best goalscorer in the world today, regardless of gender. She hammered home the first FOUR of her tournament-leading 10 goals in Japan in the group stage opener, part of a 10-3 Dutch demolition of Zambia. But don't discount the three goals the African nation — and specifically Barbra Banda did score in the contest. She'd add a second hat trick in the very next game for a six-goal breakout Olympic tournament.
BRAZIL WINS RIO REMATCH AGAINST GERMANY
In the Maracana in 2016, Brazil got the better of its European rival thanks to Neymar's composure from the spot. In Yokohama in 2021, Richarlison's deadly finishing in front of goal did the Germans in. The Group D squads went in opposite directions after the match, with Brazil sprinting to the final and Germany crashing out in the group stage.
U.S. WOMEN SURVIVE INSTANT CLASSIC AGAINST NETHERLANDS
The finalists of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup met once again in the Olympics round of eight. After a thrilling 90 minutes could not separate the sides, the semifinal spot was decided on penalty kicks. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher came up huge in the shootout, saving two Dutch spot kicks to tee up Megan Rapinoe for the clincher.
Canada stuns USWNT in semifinal upset
From first minutes of the opening match against Sweden, it was clear the Tokyo Olympics would not be smooth sailing for the U.S. women's national team. Struggles to score finally caught up with them in the semifinals against their North American neighbors Canada. It took a hard-luck penalty and a subsequent VAR review to give the Canadian's the edge, but once they got it they made it count.
Mexico captures bronze, breaks Japanese hearts
Japan came agonizingly close to a men's soccer medal on home soil, falling to Spain in extra time of a medal-clinching semifinal. Three days later, an exciting Mexican side showed no mercy in the bronze medal match, scoring a 3-1 victory for its second-ever Olympic men's soccer medal.
U.S. legends refuse to leave empty-handed
After the Americans' elimination from gold medal contention, many wondered if a changing of the guard was in order at the heart of the U.S. attack. Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd silenced those talks for at least one more match, scoring four great goals to deny Australia a bronze medal
Canada captures gold on penalties
After downing the United States, an arguably even more daunting foe awaited in the gold medal match in Sweden. But Canada went stride for stride with the Rio runners-up, taking the match 1-1 to penalty kicks. After a shaky shootout start, 20-year-old Julia Grosso stepped up to the spot and kicked Canada to gold.
Brazil gets second taste of glory
The men's final came down to the two favorites, with Spain taking Brazil to extra time in Yokohama. In the 108th minute, Malcom insured penalty kicks would not decide two gold medals in the same Olympics, striking past Unai Simon to give Brazil its second straight Olympic men's soccer gold.
Bronze: United States