Brazil vs. Germany: Defending Olympic champion Brazil defeats Germany in rematch of 2016 men’s football final
Brazil also outperformed Germany in the match five years ago at home, winning a dramatic penalty shootout to claim the gold medal.
Thursday’s match was played at the International Stadium in Yokohama – the same venue where Brazil beat Germany in the 2002 World Cup final.
Everton striker Richarlison’s hat-trick within the first 30 minutes had Brazil on their way to a comeback, although second-half goals from Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache made it 3-2 and a tense finish.
However, a late goal from Bayer Leverkusen striker Paulinho knocked the victory and helped Brazil get three important points.
In another development on Thursday, hosts Japan got off to a winning start, beating South Africa 1-0.
Later, 18 players were identified as having close contact and were forced to quarantine in their own rooms in the Tokyo Olympic Village.
However, a team of 17 South African players passed pre-match Covid-19 protocols allowing Thursday’s match to take place at Tokyo Stadium.
There were also some surprises in the men’s tournament as no Spain, France or Argentina won their matches.
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