Richarlison scored a stunning hat-trick in 30 minutes as defending Olympic champions Brazil beat Germany 4-2 in their first Group D game of the Olympics.
Brazil should have made up their minds after the break given the number of chances they created for themselves, but Germany scored twice in the second half, despite dropping to 10 in the 63rd minute.
Richarlison opened the scoring, coming home on the second attempt in the seventh minute, before leading Brazil to a 2-0 lead. He completed his hat-trick with a nice strike in the 30th minute with the German defense in chaos.
Nadiem Amiri pulled one off for Germany after the break and although Max Arnold was sent off in the 63rd minute, a header from Ragnar Ache gave Brazil a surprisingly nervous final leg.
But with Germany pushing forward, Brazil caught up to them on the break in stoppage time, Paulinho finished a counterattack with a fine effort in the top window.
Thursday Olympic Games Results – Men
- Mexico 4-1 France
- Japan 1-0 South Africa
- New Zealand 1-0 South Korea
- Honduras 0-1 Romania
- Egypt 0-0 Spain
- Argentina 0-2 Australia
- Ivory Coast 2-1 Saudi Arabia
- Brazil 4-2 Germany