Neymar keeps cool to hand hosts first football gold

Author
Elliott Smith,
Publish Date
Sun, 21 Aug 2016, 1:14PM
Neymar celebrates Brazil's first Olympic football gold. (NZ Herald)
Neymar celebrates Brazil's first Olympic football gold. (NZ Herald)

Neymar keeps cool to hand hosts first football gold

Author
Elliott Smith,
Publish Date
Sun, 21 Aug 2016, 1:14PM

Neymar is the toast of Brazilian football after converting the winning penalty in a shoot-out to give Brazil a first Olympic football gold medal.

Brazil ended a 64-year wait for Olympic gold since they first entered football at the 1952 Games.

The hosts won 5-4 on penalties after the match was locked 1-all at the end of 90 and then 120 minutes.

The Brazilians also gained a modicum of revenge for the 7-1 humiliation suffered at the hands of the Germans in the 2014 home World Cup semi-final.