Brazil beats Germany to win Olympics gold medal in men’s soccer: Neymar wins in shoot out
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RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil vs. Germany went to two extra time periods and ended in a shootout and in the end Brazil won the 2016 men’s Olympics gold medal in dramatic fashion.
Neymar was the hero, making the kick in a shoot out. The team’s had tied 1-1 after two extra time periods and in the shootout Brazil, playing in its home country, had a 5-4 advantage over Germany.
It was the first gold medal for Brazil in Olympics soccer.
Neymar, Brazil’s team captain, had scored Brazil’s only goal in regulation, also.
Brazil and Germany ended two extra time periods tied 1-1 and are now headed to a shootout in the Olympics gold medal men’s soccer match.
Brazil vs. Germany and starting the second extra time period in the gold medal match of the Olympics 2016. The score is tied 1-1.
Brazil vs. Germany remain tied 1-1 in the first extra time period. They are at the 98 minute minute and the score remains 1-1.
Brazil vs. Germany remain tied 1-1 at at the end of regulation time in the gold medal match of the Rio Olympics 2016. The teams are going to extra time.
Brazil vs. Germany in the gold medal men’s soccer match in the Olympics 2016 remains tied 1-1 at the 81:04 minute mark.
Brazil and Germany are tied 1-1 in the 69th minute of the second half in the 2016 Men’s Olympic Tournament Gold Medal Final today (Saturday, August 20).
Neymar scored at the 27 minute mark of the first half for Brazil, giving them a 1-0 lead. But Maximillan Meyer answered for Germany at the 59 minute mark of the second half, tying the match.
MEDAL ALERT: No missed shots or missed medals for Russia’s Aleksander Lesun this time. Only gold.
Lesun held off a big charge by reigning world champion Pavlo Tymoschmenko in the final event of men’s modern pentathlon on Saturday, capturing a gold medal four years after being disappointed in London.
Tyomschenko moved up from eighth at the start of the running/shooting combination finale to earn silver. Mexico’s Ismael Hernandez Uscanga captured bronze.
Lesun is a two-time world champion and holder of two world records, but missed five shots on his final shooting turn at the 2012 London Games to finish fourth.
He was solid all the way through in Rio, taking the lead after the fencing bonus round and staying there until he waved to the crowd just before crossing the finish line.
The leader of the Australian Olympic team is saying sorry to its athletes for the flap that saw 10 of them detained over basketball game credentials.
Kitty Chiller says in a statement that she is sorry about the trauma suffered by the athletes held for hours at a police station until early Saturday morning.
The Australian Olympic Committee says 10 athletes were detained at Friday’s Serbia-Australia men’s basketball semifinals out of concern their credentials had been tampered with so they could get inside.
Chiller says the athletes were not at fault and the AOC says it’s investigating who was responsible for not following credentials rules.
Nine of the athletes faced charges of falsifying a document. A 10th was held as a witness. Rather than deal with a criminal case and wait three weeks to go before a judge, the committee issued an apology to a judge and says it’s will pay a fine of 10,000 Brazilian reals ($3,100) for each of the nine. Once those are paid, they’ll get their passports back.
Australia lost the game and will play Spain for the bronze on Sunday.
Neymar scored in the 27th minute as Brazil took a 1-0 lead at halftime in the men’s Olympic soccer final.
The crowd at the iconic Maracana Stadium roared when Neymar’s free kick bounced off the crossbar and into the goal on Saturday.
Brazil is looking for its first gold medal in soccer.
Brazilian fans are also hoping for a bit of redemption after the 7-1 loss to Germany’s senior team at the World Cup two years ago. Younger squads play in the Olympics, but pride is still in play.
Brazil has finished with the silver medal three times and the bronze twice. Four years ago, it lost to Mexico in the final in London.
Germany is playing in the Olympics for the first time since 1988, when U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann was on the team. It won the bronze at the time, when it competed as West Germany. It has never won the gold.
MEDAL ALERT: Chen Aisen of China has won men’s 10-meter platform, giving the Chinese their seventh title in eight diving events at the Rio Games.
That equals China’s best performance at the Olympics. The diving superpower also won seven of eight golds at the 2008 games in Beijing.
Aisen totaled 585.30 points. He was perfect on his last dive, earning all 10s for a back 2 ½ somersaults with 2 ½ twists to close the contest on Saturday night.
German Sanchez of Mexico earned silver at 532.70.
Defending champion David Boudia of the United States took bronze at 525.25.
China’s Qiu Bo, the silver medalist four years ago in London, finished sixth.
Britain’s Tom Daley, the bronze medalist in 2012, had failed to make the final. He finished last among 18 divers in the semifinals.
MEDAL ALERT: Margarita Mamun became the fifth straight Russian to claim the Olympic all-around title in rhythmic gymnastics, edging three-time world champion Yana Kudryavtseva on Saturday.
Mamun, a runner-up to Kudryavtseva each of the last two years, posted a total score of 76.483. The 20-year-old put up the top score on clubs and the second-best score among the 10 finalists on hoop, ribbon and ball. Kudryavtseva was close behind in 75.608. The 18-year-old was done in when she failed to catch one of her clubs during the end of her club routine to give Mamun enough breathing room.
Ganna Rizatdinova of Ukraine earned bronze.
Mexico’s top-seeded Maria Espinoza will face China’s number two Zheng Shuyin in the finals of the women’s taekwondo heavyweight division on Saturday evening.
Serbia’s defending Olympic champion in the over-67 kilogram division, Milica Mandic, was knocked out in the quarterfinals. Espinoza, a bronze medalist from the London Games, only just made it into the final after winning her semifinal in overtime. Zheng defeated current world champion Bianca Walkden of the U.K. to get to the final.
In the men’s division, third seed Abdoulrazak Issoufou of Niger will fight Azerbaijan’s second-seeded Radik Isaev in the gold medal match.
At six feet nine inches, Issoufou towered over all of his opponents and used his height advantage to land numerous head kicks on his rivals, including world number one Dimitry Shokin of Uzbekistan, who he defeated out in the semifinal to roars from the partisan crowd.
MEDAL ALERT: Twenty-year-old Russian sensation Abdulrashid Sadulaev has won his first gold medal in the 86-kilogram division of men’s freestyle wrestling.
Sadulaev beat Turkey’s Selim Yasar 5-0 Saturday for his third consecutive world title and the third gold for the Russians in wrestling at the Rio Games.
Sadulaev scored on a pair of two-point moves late in the first period in beating Yasar in the world final for the second year in a row.
Sadulaev outscored his opponents a staggering 28-1 in the Olympic tournament.
Bronze medals went to Azerbaijan’s Sharif Sharifov and American J’Den Cox, who scored a takedown with six seconds left to give the U.S. its first freestyle medal of these Games.
MEDAL ALERT: Russia has beaten France 22-19 to win gold in women’s handball.
It is the first women’s handball gold for Russia, though the Soviet Union won in 1976 and 1980. France’s silver is its first women’s handball medal, and it has a chance to add men’s gold Sunday.
A hard-fought, defense-first final, with the lowest scoring total in Olympic women’s history, saw Russia take a four-goal advantage with five minutes to go then grind out the win.
Russia’s Anna Vyakhireva shared top-scorer honors on five goals with France’s Allison Pineau and Siraba Dembele.
Earlier, pre-tournament favorite Norway cruised to bronze in a 36-26 win over the Netherlands, with seven goals from tournament top scorer Nora Mork.
On Sunday, France and Denmark play for men’s gold after Germany and Poland contest bronze.
Russia’s Aleksander Lesun has maintained his lead in modern pentathlon through equestrian, though the competition is closing the gap.
Lesun moved into the lead following the fencing competition, but his cushion dwindled from 23 points to nine after an average equestrian run.
Great Britain’s Joseph Choong is second and Egypt’s Amro El Geziry is third heading into the final event, a combination of shooting and running.
The dominant U.S. women’s basketball team won a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in impressive fashion, routing Spain 101-72 on Saturday.
Diana Taurasi and the Americans played nearly flawless basketball in Rio, and were never challenged. They have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits.
They won by nearly 40 points a game, but fell short of the record 102.4 points the 1996 team averaged.
The U.S., which beat Spain by 40 in a preliminary round game, got off to a slow start and only led 21-17 after the first quarter. Then the Americans got going with a 16-3 run in the second that blew the game open and the rout and celebration was on.
MEDAL ALERT: Arlen Lopez gave Cuba its second boxing gold medal of the day, beating Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev by unanimous decision in the middleweight final.
Lopez swept the scores 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
He joined bantamweight Robeisy Ramirez as Cuba’s two gold medalists of the day. Cuba finished the boxing tournament with three golds and six total medals.
Karch Kiraly’s top-ranked U.S. women’s volleyball team has earned an Olympic bronze medal, hardly the color the Americans planned for when they came to Brazil chasing the program’s first gold in history.
The U.S. topped the Netherlands 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19 Saturday, bouncing back for bronze two days after a heartbreaking five-set defeat to Serbia in the semifinals.
After Kim Hill’s ace on match point, the U.S. women fell into an embrace and Kiraly hugged his coaches and brought his team together for a cheer.
The Netherlands shined playing in its first Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta, where they finished fourth and surprised many as the Dutch put women’s volleyball on the map with their gutsy, never-give-up style.
Sadiq Umar scored a pair of goals and Nigeria won the Olympic bronze medal by holding off Honduras 3-2 on Saturday in Belo Horizonte.
It was Nigeria’s third overall Olympic medal in soccer. The West African nation won gold at the 1996 Olympics with a 3-2 victory over Argentina, and won the silver in 2008, falling to Argentina 1-0 in the final.
The medal was a reward for an Olympic tournament that got off to a rocky start. Nigeria’s arrival in Brazil was delayed until just hours before the team’s opening match because of a flight mix-up in Atlanta.
Honduras, which challenged with a pair of late goals, heads home from Brazil empty-handed but the team’s appearance in the medal round was its best-ever finish at the Olympics.
Brazil plays Germany in the gold-medal match later Saturday at Rio’s famed Maracana Stadium.
Two-time world champion Aleksander Lesun of Russia has surged to the lead in men’s modern pentathlon through the bonus fencing round.
The favorite to win gold in Rio, Lesun won the one-touch fencing event to build a commanding lead after two of five events. Lesun has 592 points, with Egypt’s Omar El Geziry and Great Britain’s Joseph Choong tied for second with 569.
Lesun is the current world record holder for overall points and fencing. He has never finished worse than third in seven world championships, but was a disappointing fourth at the 2012 London Games.
MEDAL ALERT: Cuban boxer Robeisy Ramirez used a strong third round to finish off top American prospect Shakur Stevenson and win Olympic boxing gold in the bantamweight final.
The fight was even on the scorecards through two rounds. Ramirez, now a two-time Olympic gold medalist, won 29-28 on two scorecards. The 19-year-old Stevenson, fighting out of Newark, New Jersey, won one card 29-28.
Ramirez celebrated gold with a backflip in the ring.
Stevenson, who had been cheered on by retired great Floyd Mayweather earlier in the tournament, pulled his vest over his face and walked off to a railing to compose himself. With a towel over his head, Stevenson sobbed and was consoled by his family. He lost an international bout for the first time in his career.
Christian Presciutti scored four goals to help Italy beat Montenegro 12-10 in the bronze-medal match in men’s water polo.
It’s the second straight Olympic medal for Italy, which lost to Croatia in the London final. Coupled with the silver for Italy’s women’s team on Friday, it’s the only country to medal in both water polo tournaments in Rio de Janeiro.
Montenegro finished fourth for the third straight Olympics.
Aleksandar Radovic scored with 1:57 left to get Montenegro within one. But Matteo Aicardi, wearing a mask to protect his broken nose from earlier in the tournament, connected on a long-range skip shot to help close it out for Italy.
Valentino Gallo added three goals for Italy, which lost 10-8 to Serbia in the semifinals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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