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#Rio2016: Brazil beats Germany 5-4 in Penalty Shootout to win first ever Olympics Football Gold

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Players of Brazil celebrate on the podium after the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Players of Brazil celebrate on the podium after the Men’s Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Brazil has won its first-ever Olympics football gold following a 5-4 penalty defeat of Germany in the final of the Rio Olympics football event.

Goals from both the Brazilian Captain Neymar and his German counterpart Maximilliam Meyer proved decisive for both countries as the encounter ended 1-1 in regulation and extra time.

Neymar netted Brazil’s goal in the 26th minute to send the Maracana Stadium agog but the celebration was cut short in the 58th minute when Meyer equalised for the Germans.

The equaliser sent jitters across Brazil as it reminded the host of its previous three Olympics football finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012, when it lost the gold.

The Brazilians kept the pressure but the German defenders gave their all to ensure the Olympics host did not have their way.

The Germans proved to be worthy opponents when they hit the Brazilian crossbar three times in the first half.

It however, paid off when Meyer equalised through a loose ball.

Both teams kept their own until the referee’s final whistle after 120 minutes, as there was no other goal in the extra time.

Germany opened the penalty kick with a bang and it was at 4-4 apiece when one of its players Nils Petersen missed his kick.

Brazil’s five penalties were of such high quality and Germany’s goalkeeper, Horn, barely came close to saving any of them before Brazilian goalkeeper Weverton Pereira Silva saved Petersen’s kick.

Attention was focused on Neymar who did not waste time to bury the last kick to end it 5-4 and strike Brazil’s first ever gold in the history of Olympics football after losing three previous finals.

Photo Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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6 Comments

  1. Anon

    August 21, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Finally.

  2. Tosin

    August 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

    hahaha, like 1m Brazilians will turn from hating Neymar to loving Neymar. Just embrace the brotha menn. 😀

    I was already assuming Germany was undefeatable. Hmmm, one should never assume I guess.

    • Anon

      August 21, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      When did they ever hate Neymar? Never. He’s their golden boy.

      Did you watch the Euros in the summer? France beat Germany convincingly in the semi-finals, 2-0. They are very beatable.

  3. Love

    August 21, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Happy they beat Germany for beating my Nigeria team. Lol

  4. Prince

    August 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Happy for them. They host the Olympic

  5. Chiebonam Ani

    August 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Then at #Atlanta1996 Nigeria won Gold Medal in soccer and Brazil won Bronze

    20 years later the reverse is the case, now

    #Rio2016 Brazil won Gold Medal in soccer and Nigeria won Bronze

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