Striker Richarlison scored a brace to propel Brazil to reach the next round eliminating Saudi Arabia 3-1 of the men’s football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. Defending champions Brazil, being at the top of the Group D table that involved Germany and Ivory Coast, had got to with a win or at least a draw to advance to the quarterfinals.
Matheus Cunha was the first who provided the lead to Brazil in the first half at minute 14′ but Abdulelah Almari came forward with an equaliser by a header from a freekick in the 27th minute which was reviewed by video and later confirmed.
Everton striker Richarlison who had struck a hat trick against the Germans in their opening match then scored at minute 76 to give a lead to his side with 2-1 followed by his second of the game at the stoppage time to finalize taking three points at the Saitama Stadium. He has now scored five goals in total at the Tokyo Olympics.
Meanwhile, on the other side, Germany has been eliminated from the group stage following their 1-1 draw against Ivory Coast at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu on Wednesday. Despite their bright start, the Germans could not make it to the next round where Ivory took the first lead followed by an equaliser by the opponent, Germany failed to score the winner.