Germany started their Olympic football tournament in the worst possible way by losing to Brazil (2-4) this Thursday in Yokohoma during the 2021 Olympics. If the Germans managed to get back into the match in the second period, they could have conceded a much heavier defeat.
This is what can be called a missed opportunity. Germany, beaten in the final of the Rio Olympics in 2016 by Brazil (1-1, 4-5 tab), had the opportunity to take revenge this Thursday, July 22 on the occasion of its first match of the Olympics Tokyo 2021. It was not, as Brazil was dominant in the Nissan stadium in Yokohama, especially in the first period.
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At the end of the 90 minutes, the score is not as heavy (2-4) as that conceded by the France team against Mexico (1-4) earlier in the day, and above all does not reflect the physiognomy of the encounter. In reality, Germany could have conceded seven or eight goals if the Brazilians hadn’t been so clumsy.
The German burst of pride
Faced with the Seleçao players, led by veteran and captain Dani Alves, the Germans were no match. It must be said that Germany brought very few well-known players to Tokyo, apart to some extent from Benjamin Henrichs, Max Kruse, Nadiem Amiri and Maximilian Arnold.
The latter two were particularly prominent in the second half. The second for being sent off after two yellow cards and the first for his reduction in the score when his team was down by three goals. The most dangerous German player on the pitch, Amiri was able to count on the approximation of Santos, the Brazilian goalkeeper, to see his volley cross the goal line (56th).
A few minutes from the end of regulation time, Ragnar Ache announced a crazy end to the game by scoring a second goal for Germany (83rd). It will not have been. Because the meaning of this meeting was not to end with a draw but indeed with a clear Brazilian victory. This took shape with the jewel of Paulinho in added time (90 + 4th), which ended German hopes.
Richarlison in demonstration
Earlier in the match, Germany had taken to the water. The fault with a Richarlison obviously still in the rhythm after a Copa America during which he will have played all the matches. The Everton striker scored a hat-trick in just half an hour, taking advantage of the generosity of the German defense (7th, 22nd, 30th).
And if the Germans can be happy with the result, it’s because the Brazilian attackers harvested huge opportunities. Richarlison could have ended the meeting with five goals scored if he had materialized two very dangerous situations (15th, 35th), while the Lyonnais Bruno Guimaraes (74th) and Matheus Cunha (45 + 4th and 52nd) stumbled over Florian Müller.
The German goalkeeper allowed his team not to sink, even deflecting a penalty from Cunha just before half-time (45 + 2). Despite these many missed opportunities, the Brazilians won against Germany. All without having trembled at the end of the match despite a slight advantage. For Brazil, it will be necessary to confirm against Côte d’Ivoire, who beat Saudi Arabia (2-1) on Sunday, while Germany will try to bounce back against the Saudis.