Tokyo Olympics: Brazil wins gold in men’s football

Tokyo Olympics: Brazil wins gold in men’s football

Brazil has won its second consecutive gold medal in men’s football with a 2-1 victory over Spain.

Brazil had a 1-0 lead at the half, but Mikel Oyarzabal tied it for Spain in the 61st minute off a cross from Carlos Soler.


 

The Brazilians won a penalty kick in the 37th minute after a collision between Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon and Matheus Cunha. Richarlison, who led the field in Japan with five goals, took the penalty, which sailed well over the goal to keep the game scoreless.

 

Brazil took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Davi Alves popped the ball high into the box to keep it in play and Cunha slotted it just inside the post.

 

Gil Bryan nearly scored in the 88th for Spain, but his shot hit the crossbar and the match went to extra time.

 

Spain won the gold medal in 1992 and was also seeking its second Olympic title.

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