Tokyo Olympics: Richarlison double helps fire Brazil into quarter-finals of football tournament


Richarlison double helps fire Brazil into quarter-finals of the Olympics after win over Saudi Arabia… but Germany are dumped OUT in group stage after drawing with Ivory Coast

Richarlison netted a brace as Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic tournament with a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Brazil started the day at the top of the standings in Group D, which also includes Germany and Ivory Coast, but needed a win or draw to advance.

The South Americans needed only 14 minutes to take the lead as forward Matheus Cunha nodded the ball past goalkeeper Amin Albukhari from Claudinho’s corner but Saudi Arabia made it 1-1 through defender Abdulelah Alamri’s header from a free kick. 

Richarlison (right) celebrates after scoring against Saudi Arabia in a 3-1 group stage victory

Richarlison (right) celebrates after scoring against Saudi Arabia in a 3-1 group stage victory

The Everton striker nodded his side back in front in the second half to give them a 2-1 lead

The Everton striker nodded his side back in front in the second half to give them a 2-1 lead

Tapping in Brazil's second goal, Richarlison helped them book a quarter-final spot

Tapping in Brazil’s second goal, Richarlison helped them book a quarter-final spot

Brazil striker Richarlison, who netted a hat-trick against Germany in their opener, headed in to make it 2-1 with just 14 minutes remaining.

The Everton forward tucked away his fifth goal at the Games to claim all three points at the Saitama Stadium in stoppage time.

Brazil, without the firepower of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus from the 2016 Games, scored four against Germany but struggled to fire in a goalless draw against Ivory Coast and their inconsistency was on display again.

Guilherme Arana, Diego Carlos and Antony failed to put away first-half chances and Cunha hit the post after the break, as already-eliminated Saudi Arabia frustrated Brazil before Richarlison’s brace.

Ivory Coast opened the scoring against Germany in a game they could not afford to lose

Ivory Coast opened the scoring against Germany in a game they could not afford to lose

They took the lead early in the second half with assistance from forward Youssouf Dao

They took the lead early in the second half with assistance from forward Youssouf Dao

But despite grabbing an equaliser, Germany were unable to get the win they needed to qualify

But despite grabbing an equaliser, Germany were unable to get the win they needed to qualify

Ivory Coast went through to the last eight at the expense of Germany, securing a 1-1 draw with the 2016 silver medallists at the Miyagi Stadium.

The African side took the lead in the 67th minute when Benjamin Henrichs attempted to make a tackle in the six-yard box and ended up putting the ball into his own net but substitute Eduard Loewen scored with a free kick six minutes later.

Germany piled on the pressure in the dying stages but Ivory Coast held on to finish second in the group.

Ivory Coast and Brazil are the first sides through to the quarter-finals which will all be contested on Saturday. 

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