Richarlison bags a brilliant 23-minute hat-trick during Brazil’s opening game of the Olympics against Germany. Brazil won 4-2 against Germany in the Group D fixture.
Meanwhile five years ago in Rio, these two nations met in the final and it took a penalty shootout to separate them.
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The two nations were keen to start their campaign with a win and went with their preferred formations.
Brazil went with their preferred 4-3-2-1 formation. Matheus Cunha led the line for Brazil despite his struggle in the recent matches.
Meanwhile, Germany went their standard 4-3-3. With, the veteran Max Cruse leading the line for the Germans.
The Brazilians turned on their Samba flair and completely dominated the first half with Richarlison scoring a hat-trick inside 30 minutes.
Florian Muller pulled off a decent display for the Germans. Despite conceding 4 goals, he made a crucial penalty save and several other chances. It easily could’ve been 4 or 5 goals more.
Maximillian Arnold put in a horrible shift in the midfield, he was lazy with his passing and weak defensively.
Meanwhile, Nadiem Amiri was very sharp. He scored a decent goal from outside the box. Ragnar Ache scored second for Germany.
Germany were constantly caught on the counterattack. Amos Pieper and Benjamin Henrichs were continually exposed by Brazil’s tricky wingers.
Matheus Cunha saw a penalty saved. However, Paulinho finally wrapped up the win with a sumptuous stoppage-time curler.
To sum up it was a brilliant attacking display from Brazil. The defensive set-up for Germany didn’t look very promising and was badly balanced right from kick-off.
In short, there’s very little margin for error if Germany wants to make it to the knockout stage. With a must-win game against Saudi Arabia next, Germany can make it to the knockout stage.