Neymar scored the winning penalty in the final of the Olympic football tournament as Brazil overcame Serge Gnabry’s Germany 5-4 in a shootout after the game ended 1-1 after extra time.
The Barcelona striker had given the hosts the lead with a free-kick in the first half before Max Meyer equalised after the break.
The 78,000 crowd at the Maracana then endured eight perfect spot-kicks, including one by Gnabry, before Nils Petersen had his penalty saved by Weverton. Neymar promptly found the back of the net to hand Brazil
Neymar promptly found the back of the net to hand Brazil their first ever Olympic men’s football title after three defeats in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012.
Gnabry returns to Arsenal with a silver medal and having been the joint top scorer in the competition with six goals. As a further boost to his confidence, Arsene Wenger said the player will be offered a new contract as speculation mounts he could challenge for a first team place again with Joel Campbell being allowed to leave on loan.
On a separate, but linked note, Arsenal Ladies star Josephine Henning picked up a gold medal as Germany won the Olympic women’s football. She was an unused substitute as Germany beat Sweden 2-1 in Friday night’s final in Rio.