Brazil has found redemption against Germany by winning their gold medal football match at the Rio Olympics 2016. Brazil captain Neymar scored the winning penalty shot after the match ended in a 1-1 deadlock after extra time. Following the victory, Neymar has announced that he will give up his armband and relinquish his role as captain.
The rematch of the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi-final between the two teams was the chance that Brazil needed to erase the pain from their devastating 7-1 defeat. Germany robbed them of the chance to play for the World Cup title on home soil. Two years later, they faced Germany at the Maracana Stadium, the exact same venue of the World Cup final that they failed to reach.
In the gold medal match in Rio, Neymar scored a goal for Brazil on the 27th minute but Germany was able to equalize on the 59th. Regulation time ended at 1-1, and extra time failed to deliver any more goals. A tense penalty shootout ensued. All 78,000 spectators in the stadium and millions of fans around the world held their breath.
Brazil keeper Weverton saved the attempt from Germany’s Nils Peterson and Neymar stepped up to the spot. He shot high with conviction and managed to put his ball just out of the German keeper’s reach. The victory was sealed with a 5-4 penalty scoreline.
“Today I have become a champion, and I give up the captain’s armband,” said Neymar in an interview with SporTV. “It was an honor to be captain, but from today I stop being captain,” he declared.
Neymar led his country to victory after failing to play in that fateful World Cup match. He suffered a back injury early in the 2014 World Cup and needed to sit out the rest of the tournament. According to The Telegraph, despite what is is essentially a rematch, none of the players in the Olympics were in that World Cup semi-final. Despite playing entirely different rosters, winning against Germany at the Maracana still eased some of the pain from the 7-1 embarrassment.