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FULL-TIME: Brazil 4-2 Germany

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The final whistle goes and Brazil have got their gold medal defence off to a winning start. Richarlison's hat-trick will take the headlines, but it was an outstanding attacking performances for long periods and should have been far more comfortable in the end than it was.

93' GOAL! Brazil 4-2 Germany

Game over. Germany were always going to be vulnerable as they threw numbers forward in search of an equaliser, and Paulinho finally makes it safe, cutting in on his right and dispatching an emphatic finish.

92' Brazil 3-2 Germany

Cunha breaks in behind the Germany defence and is through on goal, but he takes too many touches and the goalkeeper closes him down.

90' Brazil 3-2 Germany

There will be five minutes of added time. Surely not. "Just one opportunity, that's all Germany are looking for," says a shellshocked Rosenior on commentary.

89' Brazil 3-2 Germany

Germany give the ball away in midfield and Brazil break on the stretched defence. It’s four against two, but somehow Brazil make a mess of it and fail to work a decent chance. They’ll only have themselves to blame if Germany scrape a point here.

86' Brazil 3-2 Germany

Torunarigha and Henrichs both pick up bookings as Germany get a bit desperate in their hunt for possession. Brazil may be regretting taking off their star players now, it's tense, and there was absolutely no need for it to be. Brazil could have had double-figures by now, but it's 3-2.

83' GOAL! Brazil 3-2 Germany

Ten-man Germany are within one goal of securing the most unlikely of draws. Ache rises highest in the box to head home a teasing cross, and it's 3-2. Surely they can't do it, they've been ripped apart over and over again, but are just one goal from rescuing a result.

79' Brazil 3-1 Germany

Are Brazil favourites for gold now? On the basis of today's performance then it'll take something to stop them, although they will need to sharpen up their finishing, particularly centre-forward Cunha.

74' Brazil 3-1 Germany

Antony and Richarlison have made way and the tempo has gone out of the game slightly. Brazil know this is theirs to lose from here.

70' Brazil 3-1 Germany

Richarlison will take the plaudits, but Antony has been very impressive tonight for Brazil too. The Ajax winger cuts inside on his left and shoots narrowly wide.

66' Brazil 3-1 Germany

Brazil were already dominant before the sending off, but they’ve had even more of the ball since the red. However, being forced to sit deep may actually help Germany, they could have done with leaving less space in behind right from the start.

62' RED! Brazil 3-1 Germany

Germany captain Arnold is shown a second yellow and that glimmer of a chance didn't last long. It's damage limitation now.

60' Brazil 3-1 Germany

This game has really opened up, with chances at both ends now. Brazil are still the better team by a distance, but Germany have a glimmer of a chance. They should be dead and buried by now.

57' GOAL! Brazil 3-1 Germany

Out of absolutely nowhere Germany have one back. It’s a decent volley from Amiri, but still should have been stopped by Santos, who made a real hash of the save.

54' Brazil 3-0 Germany

Oh my. Cunha gets his head up and chips a wonderful pass over the Germany defence in the box. Claudinho takes it on first time, but his half-volley attempt skews high and wide. That would have been a wonderful goal.

51' Brazil 3-0 Germany

Cunha has time and space in the box but hammers his shot straight at the keeper. Brazil’s centre-forward could have had a hat-trick here too and he admonishes himself for the wasteful finishing.

49' Brazil 3-0 Germany

Another huge chance as Richarlison picks up the ball on the left but can’t pick out a team-mate in the box.

46' Brazil 3-0 Germany

The game is back underway and Germany have mixed things up by the looks of things. It appears they've switched to a back-three. They needed to do something, that's for sure.

Half-time

What a performance this has been from Brazil. They lead 3-0 at the break courtesy of Richarlison's hat-trick, but have also seen a penalty saved and missed a host of clear-cut chances. 7-1 incoming?

45' Brazil 3-0 Germany

Another huge chance goes begging for Brazil as Cunha skips clean through on an angle but skews his shot wide of the far post. That was an absolute golden chance and this could easily be six, seven nil for Brazil given the quality of their first-half chances.

45' Brazil 3-0 Germany

SAVED! Muller produces a stunner of a save low down to his right to deny Cunha from the spot.

44' Brazil 3-0 Germany

The evening goes from bad to worse for Germany as the referee points to the spot for a handball.

40' Brazil 3-0 Germany

Richarlison looks to skip in behind Germany's high line, but it doesn't work this time. The wisdom of playing a line this high against Brazil's lively attacking quartet is certainly being called into question.

38' Brazil 3-0 Germany

Brazil are putting in a real statement performance here. The cohesive nature of that front-line has been striking, although it's hard to tell how much of this dominance is due to Brazil's brilliance or Germany's shambolic defending.

33' Brazil 3-0 Germany

Richarlison has acres of space inside the box but takes a bit too long and the chance goes begging. Should have been four.
This is astonishingly one-sided, not unlike a famous game between these two nations at the 2014 World Cup. 7-1 isn't out of the question today either, although it's hard to see Germany even getting one at this rate.

30' GOAL! Brazil 3-0 Germany

Another for Brazil! This is a rout and it’s a hat-trick for Richarlison. Cunha broke through the lines to launch a break, and he picked out a good a pass to set the Everton man up to cut inside on his right and curl a shot into the far bottom corner. 3-0.

26' Brazil 2-0 Germany

"He just cannot get to grips with Richarlison," says Leroy Rosenior on Eurosport commentary, urging Germany to consider taking young defender Pieper off as he receives a booking.

23' GOAL! Brazil 2-0 Germany

It's another for Richarlison, who is left unmarked in the box and times his run well to head home Arana's tempting cross. 2-0 and it should be more.

20' Brazil 1-0 Germany

It might not be the 2016 vintage, but this Brazil side are in the mood. They’re playing some beautiful football too, but just as impressively is their intense pressing off the ball – not something you’ve always been able to say of a Brazil side.

17' Brazil 1-0 Germany

Brazil are almost in behind again. Germany need to get their act together and quickly or this is going to be embarrassing. Only an overly-showy flick by Antony saves Germany on this occasion.

14' Brazil 1-0 Germany

Should be two! Richarlison is clean through but Muller does brilliantly to get a hand on the ball as the forward looks to skip around him. And somehow Germany survive a host of follow-up efforts.

10' Brazil 1-0 Germany

Brazil are straight back on the front foot after the goal, but a foul by an overly enthusiastic Dani Alves gives Germany some respite. This is one-way traffic right now.

8' GOAL! Brazil 1-0 Germany

It was coming and Richarlison opens the scoring for Brazil after being played in to the acres of space behind Germany's centre-backs. His first attempt was too close to the keeper, but the rebound came back out to the Everton man and he made no mistake with take two.

4' Brazil 0-0 Germany

Strong start from the defending champions, and Cunha is in and through on the break, shooting across the keeper and forcing a strong save.

1' Brazil 0-0 Germany

The headline game of the day is underway. Brazil are in their traditional yellow with blue shorts and green trim. Germany are in all-black (an eye-catching kit to be honest with you, I rate it).

12:25 - Kick-off is moments away

Here we got then, the players are out, the anthems have been sung, and we're moments from kick-off.
Brazil's captain today is making his Olympic debut at the ripe old age of 38.
"As it is my first time, the feeling is even more special," said Alves.
Despite the fact I have great experiences in the past, as it's my first time here I feel butterflies on my stomach and I hope to live up to the expectations of the competition and of our national team.
"I can say my experience will be similar to those that are also coming here for the first time.
"Being here is really a special feeling," he added.
"As we say, third time lucky. I tried twice, I could not and the third time I managed. So here I am.
"I would like to thank you also for the respect, for the opportunity to be here. Those of you that know me know that I have a young spirit."
It is far from a given that both of these teams will progress from a competitive Group D. Ivory Coast are the big threat, and they opened their Olympic campaign with a win over Saudi Arabia earlier today to move top of the pool.
Brazil have named the highly-experienced pair of Richarlison and Dani Alves in their starting XI, with the latter bumping up the average age of the side pretty significantly.
Both XIs are brimming with talent and bags of potential superstars, and it's little surprise that Brazil and Germany rank in the top five with the bookmakers to win gold.
Spain began the tournament as favourites, but their slow start will have caught the eye of their medal rivals.
This is a repeat of the final in Rio 2016, which Neymar's Brazil won on penalties. Neither squad is quite as strong five years on, but we should still be in for a cracker.
Good morning everybody and welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the standout match of the opening week of the Tokyo Olympic football schedule - Brazil men versus Germany men.
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