With the Olympics officially starting today, despite the Men’s football starting yesterday, I decided to give a look into Brazil’s team.
Yesterday’s Game: Brazil 3-2 Egypt – Brazil set up with a very strong lineup against Egypt, Thiago Silva, Neymar and Hulk all starting. Brazil began the game very quick out of the blocks, on the attack from the referee’s first whistle. With this momentum it was no surprise Brazil took the lead 16 minutes into the game. Unlikely scorer Rafael latched on to Oscar’s impressive pass and the Manchester United right back applied the finish. 10 minutes after this goal, Brazil doubled their advantage, Oscar attempted to round the keeper before cutting the ball back to Damiao. Just 4 minutes later, Brazil made it 3-0 and looked out of sight after the crowd watched Neymar head the ball into the net from close range. So at half-time, Brazil were cruising and destined to see out the match. However 7 minutes into the Second Half, Egypt’s captain Aboutrika pulled one back for the African team. Egypt continue to press the South American giants, and the pressure they produced resulted in a goal for Egypt, Salah with a well-taken drive at goal from just in the area. Though Egypt dominated the second half, they failed to salvage another goal and left empty-handed.
Remaining Games: Brazil are still yet to play Belarus and New Zealand in their group. On paper, these 2 games are far easier than Egypt. Following this, as Brazil are likely to cruise through their group as winners, the 2 most likely teams for the South American’s to face are Spain or Japan. Spain, following from the Euro 2012 success, are always a danger to play, whereas Japan shocked Spain last night beating them 1-0 and are odds on to win their group, meaning they won’t play Brazil.
Star Player: Neymar – With his eccentric pace and sublime skill Neymar is a key man for Brazil’s Olympic Squad. With a goal to his name already in the opening game, the young man needs to be on target for the boys in yellow. He’s also a pivotal figure in terms of build-up play for Brazil too. They need to keep their star man fit.
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