Brazil end their journey in football of Rio Olympics 2016 in style as they bag the gold beating Germany in the final match. Both Brazil and Germany have been strong contenders throughout the tournament and were the favourites for the final in this edition of the Olympics. They played likewise as the match was tied 1-1 at the end of full time. Both of the first and second of the added extra times went goalless bearing no result and match went down to the penalty shoot-out, where Brazil won it 5-4. (Read: Brazil vs Germany- As it Happened)
Brazil played attacking game from the very beginning. Keeping the possession with them, they constructed consecutive attacks on to the much-appraised German defense. Neymar, who has been exceptionally well as a captain and forward for Brazil, replicated his performance, scoring the opener. German footballers hardly came up in the first half and it was Brazil who saw their effort turning into a goal at 26th minutes into the match as Neymar scored from free-kick and was out of reach of Timo Horn. Brazil’s Zeca was shown a yellow card in the first half.
As soon as the second half started, the German forward looked more active than ever in the match. Neymar committed a foul and Germany received a free-kick early in the second half but Serge Gnabry failed to convert that into a goal. Davie Selke was shown the second yellow card of the match as Germany still sought their way to come up with an equaliser. It was Germany’s Max Meyer who cam into action and scored the leveller for his team at the 59th minute.
German coach promptly made two substitutions as he sent Grescha Proemel in for Lars Bender and Nils Peterson for Davie Selke. Brazil made only one substitution with Felipe Anderson coming in place of Gabriel Barbosa. Both the teams went for attacking football and a few futile long-distance efforts came in from both the sides. Proemel and Niklas Sule were shown yellow cards by the end of second half as the score remained 1-1.
Both of the first and second extra times failed to decide a winner as both went goalless due to a competitive defense from the sides. The penalty shoot-out went neck to neck as both teams scored till the fourth set of shots. It was Nils Petersen who failed to score off Germany’s final shot while Neymar scored on his opportunity to take Brazil to victory.