Richarlison scores hat trick in Brazil’s 4-2 against Germany in Tokyo Olympics opener

Brazil beat Germany in a six-goal thriller in their opening game of the Olympics.

With a hat-trick for the first time at an Olympic Games, Richarlison was the first Premier League player to net three goals as Brazil held off a late fightback from 10-man Germany.

Richarlison scored after just seven minutes of play when Ajax winger Antony sent him in on goal, and inside the box, the Everton star beat Florian Muller in the net. Richarlison went on to score his second goal of the match just 15 minutes later, heading home Arana’s cross and left his German counterparts flat-footed. Richarlison then went on to become the first Premier League player to score a hat-trick at the Olympics, after collecting Matheus Cunha’s pass and curling it into Muller’s net on the half-hour mark.

Cunha’s penalty in first-half stoppage time could have made it 4-0 just before halftime, but Muller saved the penalty. German forward Nadiem Amiri managed an unlikely goal back through Santos’ error, as the Brazilian keeper could not stop Amiri’s weak volleyed attempt. However, even after a lifeline was granted, the Germans were reduced to 10 men after Max Arnold was harshly punished for a second bookable offence, meaning Stefan Kuntz’s men faced an uphill battle. Brazil continued to threaten but Germany scored another goal in the 83rd minute after substitute Ragnar Ache reduced the deficit to one.

The Brazilians missed plenty of chances to strike a decisive blow, but Paulinho did restore a two-goal deficit in stoppage time so that it ended 4-2 for Brazil.

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