Rio de Janeiro, August 18, 2016: The Barcelona striker scored 15 seconds after the start of the olympics footbal, semi-final in front of the more than 70,000 fans at the Maracana.
The host country will play Germany in Saturday’s final. Germany defeated Nigeria 2-0 in Wednesday’s other semifinal on the strength of goals by Lukas Klostermann and Nils Petersen.Scoring a goal that early was spectacular for us,” Brazil coach Rogerio Micale said. “It helped us break the game open and it made everything easier.”
Gabriel Jesus added two goals in the first half at the packed Maracana Stadium and Marquinhos and Luan scored a goal each in the second. Brazil has never won the Olympic title, and lost in the final at the 2012 London Games.
“We won and we won well, but if in the final we don’t play well again, all of this will be for nothing,” Brazil midfielder Renato Augusto said. “We don’t want to disappoint the fans. They want us to play well and they want us to win the gold”,he added.
Brazilian fans are hoping for a different result this time against Germany, whose senior team embarrassed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals of the World Cup two years ago.