Rio 2016: Neymar leads Brazil to Olympic glory with maiden football gold

first_imgNeymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil’s first men’s soccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw following extra-time on Saturday. (FULL COVERAGE – RIO OLYMPICS)Brazil had lost the Olympic final three times – in 1984, 1988 and 2012 – but they finally got the gold they craved on a dramatic night at the Maracana stadium in which they outplayed the Germans but were saved three times by the woodwork.Neymar had put the hosts ahead with a superb free kick after 27 minutes but Germany captain Maximilian Meyer equalized just before the hour to take the game into the extra period at 1-1.There were no more goals so the match went to penalties with Nils Petersen missing Germany’s fifth spot kick leaving Neymar, who appeared to injure himself late in the game, to limp up and coolly score from the spot to send the capacity crowd wild.The victory gave Brazil a measure of revenge for their humiliating 7-1 defeat by eventual World Cup winners Germany in the semi-finals on home soil in 2014 – a game the frustrated Neymar had to watch from the sidelines due to injury.”Yesterday we were criticized,” the 24-year-old Barcelona forward said in reference to Brazil’s poor start to the Olympic tournament in which the home side drew 0-0 with South Africa and Iraq. “We have replied with good football.”Brazil coach Rogerio Micale added: “We had players who were extremely dedicated, professional and with great technical skill. I’ll leave here with the sensation of having done my duty.”advertisementThe win means a unified Germany are now the only World Cup winners never to have won the Olympic gold medal and the loss robbed them of a chance to complete the male and female double after their women’s team beat Sweden 2-1 on Friday.PASSIONATE CROWDWith a passionate crowd behind them, Brazil took the game to their opponents and dominated possession and territory.However, they struggled to make chances and it was the Germans who almost opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Julian Brandt smacked the bar with a lovely curling shot from outside the box.Brazil kept pushing forward and just before the half-hour mark they got the goal that their play deserved.Neymar was brought down almost 25 meters from goal and, although the angle was tight, he curled a spectacular strike into the net off the underside of Timo Horn’s bar.The goal shook Germany into action and they pushed forward more and hit the bar twice more before the half was out.Brazil still looked the hungrier side but it was Germany who got the next goal with an hour gone. Jeremy Toljan sent in a low cross from the right and captain Maximilian Meyer swept home a lovely finish from about 10 meters.Gabriel Jesus almost put Brazil ahead when he touched a Renato Augusto cross wide after 64 minutes and Felipe Anderson should have given the hosts the lead 13 minutes later but he was caught in possession with only the keeper to beat.Anderson then almost scored 16 minutes into extra time but Horn got down superbly to block his shot as he raced in on goal.With the sides still level after extra time, the stage was set for Neymar to step up and strike the winning spot kick to send the whole of Brazil into raptures as the country finally captured the Olympic title they had so desperately craved.A historic moment as host nation #BRA win their first ever #Gold in #Football, right here, at the #Maracan Stadium pic.twitter.com/smahRS0mPu Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 2016last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter SmartFlyer Australia

first_imgGo back to the enewsletter SmartFlyer Australia, part of the multi-award-winning Goldman Travel Group, has recorded 24% increase in year-on-year revenue for the 2017/18 financial year – a testament to its investment in a growing network of almost 40 independent travel advisers.SmartFlyer Australia is a full-service network compromised of the ultimate travel collective. Its team of independent, remotely-based advisers are all specialists in premium and luxury travel experiences tailored to individual clients.Over the past financial year, individual advisers recorded average earnings growth of 14%, while as a group SmartFlyer Australia boasts 18 preferred hotel programs and over 125 hotel high commission deals in their collective portfolio.Anthony Goldman, Joint Managing Director of Goldman Group said: “There is a growing trend towards travel advisers wanting to work remotely and on their own terms.“By offering flexible work options, SmartFlyer Australia means we can tap into the best travel talent regardless of location – all around Australia, whether that’s at home, on the beach, at a café, or while travelling around the world,”Goldman Group Joint Managing Director, Anthony GoldmanSmartFlyer Australia advisers work independently but have the backing of the Goldman Group’s 35 years of industry expertise, connections and buying power, enabling them to service their clientele from any location. They also regularly meet with other advisers to share knowledge, processes and contacts.“Our vast networks, industry relationships and extensive supply chain give our mobile team access to the very best premium travel products for their clients – enabling them to deliver completely bespoke holiday experiences each and every time,” said Goldman.Having come together in Sydney earlier in 2018, SmartFlyer Australia advisors will have another opportunity to unite to share stories of their success, and to target future growth at the company’s C.O.R.E. event in October in Melbourne.SmartFlyer’s New York-based Founder and CEO Michael Holtz, together with branding expert and leader of SmartFlyer’s successful Affiliate Program, Erina Pindar Chamberlain, will fly in to share their expertise with local advisers.“This is a further example of the benefits of belonging to a network which enjoys significant support, both locally and internationally,” Goldman concluded.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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