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Neymar hands Brazil precious soccer gold medal, steps down as captain

Neymar struck a winning penalty for Brazil after claiming the first ever Olympic football gold medal with victory over Germany on penalties at Rio's Maracana.

With no more goals in extra time, the game went to penalties, with Weverton saving Nils Peteresen's spot-kick before Neymar scored the golden penalty.

Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr. put together something only a legend could Saturday, leading his homeland to Summer Games glory by beating Germany in the gold-medal match. Leonie Maier's curling shot was only parried by the Swedish keeper and the ball fell to Mittag just yards from goal but she blasted the ball high and wide.

Pele played an integral role in three of Brazil's five FIFA World Cup triumphs, but the nation had never tasted Olympic glory prior to their meeting with Germany at the Maracana. Nigeria No. 1 Online Portal.

The seleção's captain, Neymar, gave a match-winning performance that was decided on penalties.

"But today, as a champion, I am giving (up) the captain's armband".

Neymar was under considerable pressure as the most recognizable player at the Olympics.

Brazil were still reeling from the disaster of their 2014 World Cup, where they were walloped 7-1 in the semi-final... by Germany.

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Argentina fans danced, cheered and completely ignored the crooked numbers on the scoreboard while saying one long goodbye. But Jordan made his presence felt in the middle with 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to go with his nine points.

"I don't have any words to describe it properly, but when you reach your goal it is just that moment of pure joy", said Neid, who will next work as a scout for the team.

Fans supported their team, and celebrated the win wildly [Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images] The 2016 Rio Olympic Soccer Finale between Brazil and Germany started with the host nation taking the lead in the 26th minute through Neymar. "He is a leader in the national team, he is dedicated", said Micale.

All around him, 70,000 Brazilians inside the vast Maracana Stadium chanted his name, expecting - no, demanding - their nation's biggest soccer star deliver a historic success at Rio 2016.

Although the Olympic tournament features under-23 teams, Brazil believe their win can signal a new beginning for the country's football which has been bedeviled by chaotic administration at home and poor results at senior level.

Unlike Neymar's squad, the US women's basketball team breezed through the tournament - make that six straight tournaments.

This was the first gold for Brazil in Olympic soccer.

Brazil coach Rogerio Micale added: "We had players who were extremely dedicated, professional and with great technical skill".

And departing German coach Horst Hrubesch refused to be downhearted with silver on Germany's first appearance at the Games for 28 years. Brazil won the gold medal on penalty shoot-out.

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