Drama, Vitória e Ouro! Drama, Victory, Gold! For Brazil, there was all three on this day. After a humiliating 1-7 loss to rival Germany at home in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 World Cup, the futbol world stood still while the two rivals battled in the Gold Medal match at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Nothing but Gold would satisfy the Brazilian team, and the Olympics' host nation.
Playing to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes, Gold and Silver would be settled by penalty kicks on this day. Germany was the first to miss, on its fourth kick. Brazil superstar Neymar went next. Settling confidently behind the ball, he approached it with a stutter step, kicked the ball high and with authority to the back of the net. The nation and the crowd of 78,000 roared “Champions!” A beautiful Olympics. A proud country. O Jogo Bonito. The Beautiful Game. Brazil’s game. Drama, Vitória e Ouro! Drama, Victory, Gold!
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