Reinier Jesus and Brazil kicked off their Olympic Games campaign in style, earning a 4-2 win over 10-man Germany.
Brazil and Germany faced off at the International Stadium Yokohama on Thursday in a rematch of the final of the 2016 Olympic Games. The defending Olympic champions got off to a blistering start and took the lead in the 7th minute through Richarlison. The Everton forward then doubled his tally mid-way through the first half, before completing his hat-trick in the 30th minute.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Nadiem Amiri pulled a goal back for Germany ten minutes into the second half. But their hopes of a potential comeback suffered a big blow in the 63rd minute when Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.
Germany continued to pile the pressure on Brazil despite being down to ten men. And they finally managed to half the deficit six minutes from time through Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ragnar Ache.
But Brazil were not going to be denied. And they sealed the win in added time, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Paulinho finishing off a fine counter attack.
On-loan Borussia Dortmund forward Reinier Jesus started on the bench for Brazil and came on to replace Richarlison in the 74th minute. He showed a few glimpses of his quality and helped his national team see out the win.
Next up for Brazil in Group D of the men’s football tournament at the Olympic Games is a clash against Ivory Coast on Sunday. While Germany will go up against Saudi Arabia on the same day.