Brazil v Germany: defending Olympic champion Brazil defeats Germany in 2016 men’s football final rematch

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Forward Richarlison scored a stunning hat-trick in the first half as Brazil beat Germany 4-2 in their 2020 Summer Games opener in Japan.

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.

Richarlison (# 10) scores Brazil's third goal in the Men's Group D First Round match against Germany during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama International Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan.  .
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Elsewhere on Thursday, hosts Japan got off to a winning start, beating South Africa 1-0.

South Africa had been exhausted from Covid-19 infections after two players and a video analyst tested positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo on Sunday.

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.

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There were also several surprises in the men’s tournament, with none of Spain, France or Argentina winning their matches.

Mexico surprised France 4-1, Australia beat Argentina 2-0 and Spain, the last European men’s team to win gold in 1992, was held in check by Egypt.

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