Brazil vs. Germany: Defending Olympic champion Brazil defeats Germany in rematch of 2016 men’s football final

Striker Richarlison scored a stunning hat-trick in the first half as Brazil beat Germany 4-2 in their opening game Summer Olympics 2020 In Japan.

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.

Richarlison (#10) scores Brazil's third goal in the men's group D first match against Germany during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama International Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan. .

In another development on Thursday, hosts Japan got off to a winning start, beating South Africa 1-0.

South Africa has been exhausted by Covid-19 infection after two players and a video analyst tested positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo on Sunday.

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.

Mexico dizzy France 4-1, Australia beat Argentina 2-0 and Spain, the last European men’s team to win gold in 1992, were held to a goalless draw by Egypt. | Brazil vs. Germany: Defending Olympic champion Brazil defeats Germany in rematch of 2016 men’s football final


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