The Brazilian men’s soccer team is now in a prime position to score their first-ever Olympic gold medal and it’s partially thanks to one record-breaking 15-second play.
That’s how long into the Wednesday semifinal game it took for Barcelona striker Neymar to score, setting the stage for Brazil’s definitive 6-0 victory over Honduras. The win guarantees the Olympic host country a spot in Saturday’s final.
Right after the opening kick-off, 24-year-old Neymar intercepted a lazy pass and got just one touch to guide it toward the wide-open goal before crashing into goalkeeper Luis Lépez. The ball bounced softly into the net as both men took a hard hit – making it as the fastest goal in Olympic history.
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“Scoring a goal that early was spectacular for us,” Brazil coach Rogerio Micale told the Associated Press. “It helped us break the game open and it made everything easier.”
“Neymar is a monster,” Micale added to Yahoo Sports. “He plays a great match today and wants to be Olympic champion. We make everything for his dream.”
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Brazil has never won the Olympic title, although the team came close and lost in the final at the 2012 games in London. An Olympic gold is the only major trophy eluding the five-time World Cup champions.
Saturday’s matchup against Germany will be made even more bitter by the memory of Germany’s 7-1 semifinal defeat of then-World Cup host Brazil in 2014.
At the end of Wednesday’s match, the crowd at the legendary Maracanã Stadium began a chant: “Germany, your time has come.”