(NAN) Brazil almost belatedly found their goalscoring form on Wednesday to defeat Denmark 4-0 in Salvador and progress to the quarter-finals of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in style.
Following two scoreless draws, the South Americans have been the subject of ridicule and the team was booed even by Brazilians. The draw against Iraq even provoked talks of the steep decline in Brazil soccer, once known for its Samba style football.
Thus in the encounter with Denmark, the Neymar Jr led squad knew anything less than victory would likely mean an early exit and another dream of Olympic football gold medal dashed
Brazil thus began aggressively and were duly rewarded with goals from Gabriel Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus by half-time.
Luan added a third soon after the break, while Gabriel Barbosa completed a double late on, much to the approval of a raucous crowd at the Arena Fonte Nova.
The attacking trio of Gabriel Barbosa, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar caused problems for the Danish defence from the outset with each enjoying sights on goal.
But it was Gabriel Barbosa who broke the deadlock on 26 minutes after Gabriel Jesus did the spadework on the left.
Gabriel Jesus doubled the advantage 14 minutes with a sumptuous strike having exchanged passes with Luan.
Then it was Luan’s turn to get on the scoresheet as he netted ten minutes into the second half with a comfortable finish, as Gabriel Jesus again provided the assist.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Denmark barely mustered a genuine threat on goal, and Gabriel Barbosa completed a one-sided victory with ten minutes remaining.
The win sees Brazil set to face South American rivals Colombia in a potentially epic quarter-final match-up, while Denmark clung on to second and will now face Nigeria on Saturday.
8Following are the pairings for the quarter-finals round of the Rio Olympics men’s football event, with the matches scheduled for Saturday:
Portugal vs Germany in Brasilia at the Estadio Nacional at 13.00hrs
Nigeria vs Denmark in Salvador at the Arena Fonte Nova at 16.00hrs
Korea Republic vs Honduras in Belo Horizonte at the Estadio Mineirao at 19.00hrs
Brazil vs Colombia in Sao Paulo at the Arena Corinthians at 22.00hrs