Richarlison hat trick powers Brazil to win over Germany in rematch of Rio final
(CNN)Defending Olympic champion Brazil defeated Germany on Thursday in what was a rematch of the 2016 Rio men's football final.
Striker Richarlison scored a stunning first-half hat-trick as Brazil beat Germany 4-2 in their opening game of the 2020 Summer Games in Japan.
Brazil also got the better of Germany in the fixture five years ago on home soil, winning in a dramatic penalty shootout to claim gold medal.
Thursdays game was played at the International Stadium in Yokohama -- the same venue where Brazil beat Germany in the 2002 World Cup final.
Everton striker Richarlison's hat-trick within the opening 30 minutes had Brazil well on its way to victory again, although second half goals from Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache made it 3-2 and a nervy finish.
However a late goal from Bayer Leverkusen striker Paulinho capped off the victory and gave Brazil a vital opening three points.
Elsewhere on Thursday, hosts Japan go off to a winning start defeating South Africa 1-0.
South Africa had been depleted by Covid-19 infections after two players and a video analyst tested …
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