By Michael EmonsNEYMAR scored the winning penalty as hosts Brazil beat Germany 5-4 on penalties in Rio to win their first men’s Olympic football gold medal.The game finished 1-1 after extra time, with Neymar’s first-half free-kick cancelled out by Max Meyer’s strike.In the shootout, Germany’s Nils Petersen had his penalty saved by Weverton before Neymar won it.It comes two years after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals in Belo Horizonte.In front of 78,000 at the Maracana, Brazil got a measure of revenge as they finally won the Olympic title after losing in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012.Barcelona forward Neymar, who missed the World Cup semi-final through injury, opened the scoring with a fine 25-yard free-kick, but the hosts were lucky to go in at half-time with the lead.Germany hit the woodwork three times in the first half – through Julian Brandt’s 25-yard effort, a deflection off a Brazilian defender and Sven Bender’s header – before they scored a deserved equaliser shortly after the restart.Bender passed to the overlapping Jeremy Toljan and he found the unmarked Meyer, who arrowed a low shot into the net.Neither side could find a winner before the drama of the penalty shootout gave Brazil the gold.Goalkeeper Weverton said: “The gold is ours, but it belongs to God. God loves Neymar like he loves all this team.”Neymar added: “This is one of the best things that has happened in my life. That’s it.”(BBC Sport)
A search has been launched to recover the body of a teenager who drowned on Saturday while swimming in the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Dead is 17-year-old Jafaun (only name given), a labourer of Moruca and Grant Tenez Ferme, Lower Pomeroon River. The incident occurred at about 14:00h.According to the police report, Jafaun left his home in Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini), to work on a farm at lower Pomeroon. The teenager reportedly consumed alcohol on a regular basis.His employer, Carl Roberts, told investigators that he left to go to the backdam on Saturday morning, leaving Jafaun at home. He noted that at about 14:30h, he was informed by his daughters that Jafaun was drinking earlier on the farm and went in the Pomeroon River to swim.The man said he was told that the teenager swam to the deeper part of the river, where he was seen “fighting up” in the water before disappearing. This was reportedly witnessed by two females on the farm.A search team was formed but the teenager was not located.The matter was reported to the police and an investigation has been launched.