Brazil on brink of more home hu­mil­i­a­tion

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - Shoot­ing – men’s 50m pis­tol

BRAZIL face an­other em­bar­rass­ing exit from a ma­jor football tour­na­ment on home soil af­ter Ney­mar slum­bered through a sec­ond 0-0 draw of Rio 2016 against Iraq.

The Olympic hosts now need to beat group lead­ers Den­mark to­mor­row to win to avoid a stun­ning exit, just two years af­ter their dev­as­tat­ing 7-1 World Cup de­feat by Ger­many.

Ney­mar was ex­pected to ease Brazil­ian football’s wounded pride by de­liv­er­ing a first-ever Olympic gold for the five-time world cham­pi­ons.

How­ever, the Barcelona star has so far failed to de­liver, and just as in their open­ing draw against South Africa, Brazil were booed from the field in Brasilia on Au­gust 7.

Por­tu­gal and Nige­ria were the first sides to seal their places in the quar­ter­fi­nals with vic­to­ries over Hon­duras and Swe­den re­spec­tively. There were also wins for Ar­gentina, Den­mark and Mex­ico.

In con­trast to his dis­play against South Africa when he was la­belled “greedy”, Ney­mar was a pe­riph­eral pres­ence against Iraq, and even once lost his cool, fir­ing the ball at Sherko Ka­reem in the sec­ond half as the Iraqi pre­vented him from tak­ing a quick free-kick.

Manch­ester City’s £27 mil­lion (US$36 mil­lion) sign­ing Gabriel Je­sus also had a for­get­table night. Af­ter claim­ing he “wouldn’t sleep” af­ter miss­ing an open goal against the South Africans, he skewed a golden chance wide inside two min­utes be­fore be­ing taken off by coach Roge­rio Mi­cale early in the sec­ond half.

Iraq nearly had a shock win when Mo­hanad Ab­dul­ra­heem’s first half header came back off the inside of the post.

Re­nato Au­gusto had Brazil’s best chance when he shot over the gap­ing goal deep into seven min­utes of stop­page time.

Ro­ma­nian ref­eree Ovidiu Hate­gan waived away strong claims for a penalty mo­ments later when Gabriel Bar­bosa tum­bled inside the area.

Atletico Madrid’s An­gel Cor­rea scored and set up Jonathan Cal­leri’s win­ner as 10-man Ar­gentina got their chal­lenge for a third Olympic gold back on track with a 2-1 win over Al­ge­ria in Rio.

Ar­gentina coach Julio Olar­ti­coechea was put in charge for the Games just weeks be­fore their open­ing 2-0 de­feat to Por­tu­gal. Olar­ti­coechea took over from Ger­ardo Martino who quit af­ter a sec­ond Copa Amer­ica fi­nal de­feat to Chile in as many years.

Olar­ti­coechea’s op­tions were slashed by a num­ber of high-pro­file pull­outs and Euro­pean clubs not re­leas­ing their play­ers so close to the start of the sea­son.

How­ever, it was Cal­leri, called in at the last minute to re­place Lu­ciano Vi­etto, who bun­dled home the win­ner 20 min­utes from time.

Ar­gentina still need to beat Hon­duras in their fi­nal Group D game to­mor­row to qual­ify for the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Por­tu­gal are as­sured of their place in the last eight af­ter beat­ing Hon­duras 2-1.

World cham­pi­ons Ger­many also dug them­selves out of trou­ble as a stop­page-time equaliser from Arse­nal winger Serge Gnabry sal­vaged a thrilling 3-3 draw against South Korea in Sal­vador.

Ger­many lie in third place in Group C, two points be­hind Mex­ico and South Korea.

They face the prospect of hav­ing to beat Fiji by at least four goals in their fi­nal group game to progress, if South Korea’s fi­nal match with Mex­ico also ends in a draw.

Fiji ben­e­fited from New Zealand’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion for field­ing an in­el­i­gi­ble player to qual­ify for the Olympics at last year’s Pa­cific Games. They were thrashed 8-0 by South Korea on their de­but on Au­gust 4, but man­aged to lead Mex­ico 1-0 at half-time thanks to Roy Kr­ishna’s opener. De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mex­ico ben­e­fited from a sec­ond-half surge on the part of Erick Gu­tier­rez, who struck four times to bring the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons a 5-1 vic­tory and avoid one of the big­gest shocks in Olympic football his­tory.

Colom­bia hold a one-point ad­van­tage over Ja­pan and Swe­den in the fight for sec­ond place af­ter their sec­ond 2-2 draw against Ja­pan in the Ama­zo­nian city of Manaus. – And she’s through! San Yu Htwe over­came a dif­fi­cult 51st rank­ing in the women’s in­di­vid­ual head-to­head tour­na­ment yes­ter­day, first beat­ing Fin­land’s Taru Kuoppa (ranked 14) 7-3 in the round of 64, fol­lowed by a 7-3 vic­tory over USA’s Macken­zie Brown (ranked 19) in the round of 32. Her next test: the round of 16, set for 7:22pm MMT on Au­gust 11.

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Ye Tun Naung, Myan­mar’s only qual­i­fy­ing Olympic ath­lete, will have his last chance for a medal to­mor­row in the men’s 50m pis­tol. Ye Tun Naung failed to qual­ify for the fi­nals in the men’s 10m air pis­tol on Au­gust 6-7 af­ter shoot­ing a 572 in the qual­i­fy­ing round, good for 33rd. The event was won by Hoang Xuan Vinh, Viet­nam’s first-ever Olympic gold medal­list, while Brazil’s Felipe Wu earned sil­ver and China’s Pang Wei bronze. The 50m pis­tol event be­gins at 6:30pm MMT, with the fi­nal slated for 9:30pm.

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