Brazil head coach Rogerio Micale may have insisted that with a much younger, different lineup from its last World Cup team, the squad wasn’t out for revenge against Germany for their bitter semifinal loss at the 2014 World Cup. But it did feel like the wounds opened at Belo Horizonte two years ago were finally healed, when Brazil beat Germany in a penalty shootout to take the football gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics Saturday night. And they did it with a lot of help from one of their best and most recognizable players – Neymar.

Neymar is big difference-maker for Brazil side

Forward Neymar was injured during the 2014 World Cup semifinal at Belo Horizonte, where the host team suffered their biggest loss since 1920, losing 7-1 to Germany. But the 24-year-old superstar more than made up for his previous absence, as one of three players over 23 years old Brazil was allowed to field. He had scored on a dazzling free kick in the 26th minute of the first half, putting his team up 1-0, though Germany had come back in the second half to tie the game on a goal from Max Meyer.

Neymar’s impact was most felt, however, in the penalty shootout, where he had scored on the winning kick, right after Brazil goalkeeper Weverton had stopped Nils Petersen’s shot during Germany’s fifth attempt. This allowed Brazil to win its first-ever Olympic gold medal in football, though many see it as the team making up for their failure to win the World Cup at home in 2014, by beating the squad that dealt them one of their most embarrassing losses ever.

Germany failed to win football double gold

Aside from the revenge storyline and Brazil’s long quest to win its first-ever football gold at Rio 2016, Germany was also chasing after its first-ever gold medal in the sport as a unified nation; East Germany had won the gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The team’s loss also meant that Germany wouldn’t be bringing home a double gold in football, following the women’s team’s win over Sweden a day prior.

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