Brazil, Germany in gold medal football clash
Neymar scored after only 14 seconds – the fastest goal in Olympic football history – as Brazil thrashed Honduras 6-0 to reach the men’s final in Rio.
The hosts will next face Germany, 7-1 winners against Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, as goals from Lukas Klostermann and Nils Petersen gave the European side a 2-0 win over Nigeria.
Neymar and Gabriel Jesus scored twice for Brazil in their convincing victory. Marquinhos and Luan also scored to take them into their fourth Olympic final.
Brazil have never won gold in the men’s football competition, losing in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012. Saturday’s game will be played in front of a capacity crowd of 78,000 at the Maracana.
Brazil now have a chance to gain some measure of revenge after Germany humiliated them in the semi-finals of their home World Cup two years ago.
Tipped to win the competition on home soil for the first time, Brazil, without the injured Neymar, were 5-0 down after only 29 minutes on their way to their heaviest ever World Cup defeat.
Germany have a chance to add the Olympic title to the World Cup they won in Brazil two years ago.
Like the hosts, Germany took an early lead in the semi-finals as defender Klostermann scored in the ninth minute.
Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry started the move and played in Maximilian Meyer, whose low cross was converted from close range by Klostermann. However, Germany had to wait until the 89th minute before scoring their second. (BBC Sport)