Brazil’s long wait for a men’s football gold at the Olympics came to an end after they beat Germany 5-4 on penalties in the Rio 2016 final at the Maracana after regulation time ended 1-1 on Saturday night.
Brazil had been in three finals prior to Saturday night, including at London 2012, but they always came up short.
Neymar scored the decisive penalty kick to earn Brazil their first ever gold.
The Barcelona forward put Brazil ahead with a superb free-kick before Maximilian Meyer equalised for Germany.
Germany had the first chance on 11 minutes but their strike came off the cross bar.
Renato Augusto came close to giving Brazil the lead on 23 minutes only to see his strike off a conner narrowly miss the target.
Brazil finally took the lead through Neymar in the 27th minute who curled in a well taken 25-yard free-kick which hit the cross bar and went in.
Germany were close to making it 1-1 from a free-kick which was swung in but it came off a Brazil defender hit the cross bar and went off for a corner.
Ten minutes to the end, Sven Bender saw his header from a free-kick come off the cross bar.
In the 42nd minute a deflected shot by a German player almost crawled over the goal line but the Brazilian keeper held firm.
Germany equalised in the 59th minute through their skipper Maximilian Meyer who hit a low shot off a right-wing cross to make it 1-1.
Augusto almost responded for Brazil in the 63rd minute but his low shot narrowly went wide.
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Gabriel Jesus was close to making it 2-1 on 65 minutes but couldn’t direct a right-wing cross to goal.
Neymar had a long-range strike in the 78th minute which went inches wide.
A minute later Luan hit a long-range strike which was well saved by the German keeper.
Germany broke on the counter on 86 minutes but Meyer’s left-foot shot went wide.
Neymar had the last chance to win it for Brazil but his left-foot strike was blocked away for a corner.
In the 95th minute of extra-time, Brazil had a chance off a breakaway but the German defence made a timely block.
A minute later Brandt went clear for Germany but directed his shot to goal.
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