Brazil also beat Germany five years ago at home, winning a spectacular penalty shootout to win the gold medal.
Thursday’s game took place at the Yokohama International Stadium, the same place where Brazil beat Germany in the 2002 World Cup final.
Everton striker Richarlison’s hat-trick in the first 30 minutes put Brazil on the path to victory, although goals from Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache in the second half brought the score to 3-2 and a nervous finish. .
However, a late goal from Bayer Leverkusen striker Paulinho capped the victory and gave Brazil a vital three-point opening.
Elsewhere on Thursday, hosts Japan got off to a winning start, beating South Africa 1-0.
Subsequently, 18 players were identified as close contacts and were forced to self-isolate in their respective rooms in the Tokyo Olympic Village.
A team of 17 South African players, however, adopted Covid-19 pre-match protocols allowing Thursday’s game to take place at the Tokyo stadium.
There were also several surprises in the men’s tournament, with none of Spain, France or Argentina winning their matches.
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