Host Brazil finally found its form to progress to the quarterfinals of the Olympic soccer tournament with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Denmark on Wednesday, after holder Mexico and two-time victor Argentina were sent packing.
While Brazil managed to shake out of its funk Wednesday, the two teams whose nations combined to win the last three men's soccer gold medals are headed home.
Barcelona's Neymar also played better on Wednesday.
At first, it appeared as though Brazil brought their wasteful side for the third straight match. "The first two games we didn't play badly, but the goals didn't come and sometimes the fans focus exclusively on the result", added Barbosa.
His Barcelona teammate Neymar, has had to handle a similar level of stress by being the poster boy for both the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics now taking place in Rio de Janeiro.
Then it was Luan's turn to get on the scoresheet as he netted 10 minutes into the second half with a comfortable finish, as Gabriel Jesus again provided the assist.
New Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus has helped Brazil avoid an embarrassing exit at the group stage of the Rio Olympics. Brazil holds its match against Denmark on August 10.
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Gabriel Barbosa broke the ice in the 26th minute after receiving a pass from left winger Douglas Santos.
Micale, however, insisted that people must ease the pressure on a forward destined for greatness.
The opening goal may have been just what Brazil needed to open the floodgates.
After over 200 minutes of scoreless soccer at the Olympics, Gabigol finally got Brazil on the board in Rio. "We stay quiet, the ultimate goal is to come".
Minutes into the second half, a attractive sequence of passing from Neymar and Douglas Santos led to Luan finding the back of the net for the team's third goal. The crowd pushed us, embraced us, as they did in Brasilia, but there the ball was not going in.
The Albiceleste, who had threatened not to show for the tournament just weeks before the opening ceremony, couldn't muster a victor, however, and failed to reach the second stage of the competition for the first time since 1964. Rodrigo Caio made an excellent last ditch tackle to prevent Børsting from shooting on goal and the chance was lost for Denmark.
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