Published On: Sat, Aug 20th, 2016

Brazil seizes inaugural soccer gold in penalty shootout defeat of Germany

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Brazil captured the only major honor that has alluded it in the international game by cruelly beating Germany 5-4 on a penalty shootout in Saturday’s gold medal match.

For the first time in 16 years, the Olympic men’s showpiece was decided by spot kicks and it was Brazil’s favorite son, Neymar, who struck the winning penalty.

One take earlier, Weverton, who has gained a reputation as a penalty-saving specialist at Atletico PR, thwarted Nils Petersen to edge towards victory at Rio 2016.

Neymar opened the scoring for the host in the opening stanza with a sensational free-kick that pinged in off the crossbar, but Max Meyer‘s finely taken equaliser on 59 minutes was the last time the sides could breach either goalkeeper until the shootout.

More to come.

All photos courtesy Action Images

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