Watch Mexico Vs. Germany Football Live Online: Start Time, Streaming Video For 2016 Rio Olympics Group Match

Viewers can watch the Mexico vs. Germany football match live online and see if the Mexican team can defend its 2012 gold medal as the 2016 Rio Olympics football tournament kicks off.

Mexico defeated Brazil in London inside a packed Wembley Stadium four years ago, and on Thursday, they will begin their defense against a strong German team. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. ET (8 p.m. GMT) and will be broadcast in the United States on the USA network. It will also be available live online for those looking to watch on their computer or mobile device (a link to the streaming video can be found below).

The kickoff of the Rio Olympics football tournament will give fans of the game yet another bit of international action to follow after a summer that included the Copa America and Euro 2016, but this one’s a bit different. Unlike the senior tournaments from earlier this summer, the Rio Olympics restricts teams to players under the age of 23. So while there some up-and-coming young players to follow, others, like Mexico’s Jesús Manuel Corona, will be staying home.

The match will also give football fans a bit of action to watch before the Rio Olympics opening ceremonies on Friday, and it will be quite a difficult test for El Tri. As ESPNFC noted, Mexico has some easy matches on the horizon against Fiji and South Korea in group play, but that won’t be the case against Germany on Thursday.

“While Mexico was unable to call up star under-23 player Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona (Porto), Germany coach Horst Hrubesch will be without the likes of Julian Draxler, Joshua Kimmich, Emre Can and Bernd Leno.

“Nevertheless, Germany represents an early litmus test for Mexico and its chances of a medal. The battle in central midfield between Germany’s overage duo Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) and Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund) and Mexico youngsters Erick Gutierrez and Victor Guzman (or Michael Perez) will be especially intriguing and likely the key to the match.”

Fans who watch the Mexico vs. Germany football match live online could see the emergence of a superstar. Mexico’s winger Hirving Lozano has made a name for himself with news that he’s signing with Manchester United after the Olympics and will likely be Mexico’s key to success if they are able to repeat as gold medalists.

Mexico’s team already has a bit of an advantage in their cohesiveness. Clubs in Liga MX are very open with the national team grabbing players for international youth tournaments, so the players on the Under-23 squad representing Mexico at the Olympics have gotten a lot of playing time together already.

But Germany has some star power of their own, with ESPNFC predicting that Max Meyer will be a player to watch.

“Schalke 04 schemer Max Meyer should be one of the most exciting attacking talents at these Games,” the site noted. “The diminutive attacking midfielder, who has been capped at senior level, does not turn 21 until September and already has two years of Bundesliga and Champions League experience under his belt. A creative force with quick feet and an eye for goal, Mayer has shone throughout the youth levels for Germany and can be expected to do the same in Brazil.”

But while Mexico was able to cruise to the gold medal in 2012, fans who watch the Mexico vs. Germany football match live online will see the beginning of a long climb back to the top. Betting sites are putting El Tri in the middle of the pack among title contenders, with the team ranked as low as eighth on some betting sites.

Fans who want to watch the Mexico vs. Germany football match live online can click here for streaming video of the 2016 Rio Olympics match on NBC Sports Live Extra.

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