Published On: Sat, Aug 27th, 2016

Brazil falters again in goalless draw with Iraq

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The Associated Press


Brazil’s dream of winning a soccer gold medal is quickly turning into a nightmare.

Brazil drew its second consecutive game at the Olympic tournament Sunday, being held by Iraq to a 0-0 draw and hearing more loud jeers from the home fans.

The result in Brasilia leaves Brazil tied for second place in Group A, in need of a victory in the final game, against Denmark on Wednesday in Salvador, to advance to the next round and avoid another embarrassing elimination at home two years after the 7-1 loss to Germany at the World Cup.

Neymar, the tournament’s biggest star, played below expectations for the second straight game, and young strikers Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus also struggled.

Upset fans chanted “Marta, Marta,” in reference to the five-time world player of the year who has been thriving with the women’s national team.

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