Brazil’s footballing men finally found their scoring touch at the Olympic tournament, defeating Denmark 4-0 to advance to the quarter-finals and avoid an embarrassing elimination in front of the home fans.
Gabigol scored twice yesterday and Gabriel Jesus and Luan netted a goal each at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador in northeastern Brazil to keep alive the nation’s hopes of winning an Olympic gold medal in football for the first time. The hosts will play Colombia on Saturday in São Paulo, a mouthwatering showdown between the two South American neighbours.
Brazil had been held to scoreless draws in their first two group games and needed a victory to guarantee a spot in the knockout round. The host side finished first in Group A with five points, one more than Denmark, which also advanced and will play Nigeria.
South Africa and Iraq were both eliminated after a 1-1 draw. In similar development, Team Nigeria was defeated by Columbia 2-0, but still qualified for next quarter-finals.