Brazil held goalless in Olympic opener


Brazil held goalless in Olympic opener

Brazil started its quest for an Olympic gold medal in men's soccer with a disappointing 0-0 draw against South Africa, a result that prompted loud jeers by some of the home fans.

"We are very happy, we played and defended so well against Brazil, a team that we admired, that had influenced so much in South African football", Dolly said after the match.

The host nation is desperate for a gold medal, hoping to help atone for the disappointment of crashing out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at the semifinal stage.

Lloyd Burnard is Sport24's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro for the duration of the 2016 Olympics.

In just its second appearance in the Olympics, Iraq came a way from an opening game against Denmark with a goalless draw. Abbubaker Mobara (RSA) of South Africa and Neymar (BRA) of Brazil fight for the ball. South Africa, playing at the Olympics for the first time since 2000, also came close several times.

And Khune said he would tell his grandchildren of the day he stopped the Barcelona star. He also said there is need to take advantage of each player's individual qualities to enable then do well at the competition.

"Definitely my grandchildren will watch the DVD of this match".

South Africa will be heavy underdogs in the clash but it will be a chance to see if the 2010 World Cup in the country has inspired a new generation of stars. Mothobi Mvala was sent off for two yellow cards, but that didn't stop the rest of his side manning up and snatching a point.

Brazil ramped up the pressure.

Mvala's dismissal gave the hosts some renewed impetus, but Gabriel Jesus missed a sitter midway through the second half, turning the ball onto the base of the post with Khune having been caught out by Luan's bouncing cross.

South Africa will be in full force during their opening match against Brazil.

Both sides are on the lookout for fresh talent for the post Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi era.

Gonzalo Paciencia's low drive put Portugal ahead before a awful error from Argentina goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli allowed Pite's long-range effort to sneak between his legs to secure the three points six minutes from time.

Germany twice answered second-half goals from Mexico as the teams settled for a 2-2 draw in Group C. They are betting on their three attacking players to attempt to finally break through and possibly win the Olympic gold.



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