Tokyo 2020: Richarlison scored a hat-trick in Brazil’s victory over Germany at the Olympics
Brazil communicated its intent – and more importantly its ability – to retain the Olympic gold in men’s soccer with a stunning 4-2 victory over Germany on Thursday.
Five years ago in Rio, the two teams met in the final and it took penalty kicks to separate them; Here in Yokohama there was an absolute gap between them in terms of quality, although somehow the result looks like a reasonably close relationship.
In fact, the match ended by 30 minutes and the Olympic team Selecao could have been five or six ahead by that point – instead the match was “only” 3-0. Richarlison Netting them all.
Before the break, Mateusz Konya, one of the game’s best players, managed to save a penalty and he, Richarlison and Anthony could have scored at least one more time, as Germany’s shattered defense was repeatedly split.
Changes during the first half and in the second half, combined with Brazil’s continued extravagance, somehow made Germany close the difference despite captain and over-age Max Arnold’s red card, with Nadim Amiri finishing off the edge of the penalty area and Ragnar Ache heading in the time a second late.
However, after Cunha squandered another big opportunity and Brazil turned down three late counter-attack opportunities to score the fourth, Paulinho finally finished the win with a superb stoppage-time roll to add some realism to the result.
Andre Jardine may have some concerns about the amount of opportunities his Brazilian side turned down in a match they had completely dominated for so long, but that would be little more than the coach’s search for perfection.
In more broad terms, the movement and linkage in the final third was of an absolutely arduous nature for any defense they were set to face – with Saudi Arabia, Ivory Coast and the other teams in Group D.
And while this is only the first of six matches if they plan to go to the finish again and emulate Neymar, Marquinhos and his cohorts, there were few flaws in the show – outside of the wrong finishing – to give an indication of how rivals could annoy them, even with Observe the waiver twice.
As for Germany, Stefan Kuntz should consider the reset button already for the remaining group games, as the defensive line-up looks weak and poorly balanced from the start – and their captain is now suspended after being sent off.
Amos Bieber and Benjamin Henrix have been constantly overloaded on the right side of the field and there is little margin for error now if they want to reach the playoffs, with a game to be won against Saudi Arabia next.
Elsewhere, there were many surprising results as the men’s soccer tournament began and neither Spain, France nor Argentina won their matches.
Despite forming a squad of six players who regularly participated in the European Championship 2020, Spain drew 0-0 with Egypt in the opening match.
The Spain case was not affected by the injuries of right-back Oscar Mingueza and midfielder Dani Ceballos in the first half.
France’s original Olympic squad had to be significantly revamped after some clubs refused to call up their players, and the resulting group failed to shine as they lost 4-1 to Mexico, with veteran striker Andre-Pierre Gignac scoring solace from the penalty spot.
There was success for the Southern Hemisphere as Burnley striker Chris Wood secured New Zealand’s 1-0 win over South Korea, and Australia shocked Argentina with a 2-0 win – Francisco Ortega was sent off shortly before halftime for the South. Americans.
Hosts Japan started with a 1-0 win over South Africa thanks to a goal by Real Madrid star Takefusa Kubo, while Romania beat Honduras with the same score.
In the same group as Brazil’s convincing victory over Germany, Ivory Coast defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1, with Milan’s Frank Kesey scoring the victory to play an exciting match in the next round of matches against the gold medalists.