Malcom outsprinted opponents to cap a Brazilian breakaway with a goal in extra time, leading Brazil to a stunning 2-1 win over Spain in the men’s soccer gold medal game Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.
The victory earned the Brazilians, the 2016 Summer Games champions, their second consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Malcom came in in the first period of extra time to replace Matheus Cunha. He ended the game in the second overtime period when he intercepted a long ball from right wing Antony.
Defenders cleared a Spain attack out of the Brazilian box to set up the breakaway.
Antony regained possession of the ball on the right flank. He took a few touches before lifting his head and firing a cross-field pass ahead to Malcom on the left flank. The Brazilian midfielder took advantage of his fresh legs to break through the defence and bring the ball down on top of the Spain box.
Malcom dribbled towards the goal, pulled Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon in, and smacked the game-winning goal into the right side of the nett with his left foot.
Several chances were missed by both teams in the first half. Richarlison of Brazil blasted a penalty attempt over the crossbar in the 38th minute. Brazil broke the scoreless tie in first-half stoppage time.
Veteran right back Dani Alves volleyed a pass near the end line on the right side of the Spain goal to spark that score. The feed fell into the middle of the box.
Cunha brought the ball down and slid through a crowd of defenders. He finished the play with a right-footed shot into the right side of the net past Spain’s Simon.
Spain equalized in the 61st minute. Right wing Carlos Soler chased a pass down toward the right corner flag to set up that score. He then fired a pass toward the far post.
Striker Mikel Oyarzabal ran onto the feed and finished with a first-touch sliding shot to beat Brazil goalie Santos.
Brazil and Spain failed to find the net for the rest of regulation, which prompted extra time. The drought continued in the first 15-minute period.
Brazil’s defensive clearance two minutes into the second bonus period then led to the game-winning goal.
Richarlison claimed the Golden Boot for his performance in the men’s soccer tournament at the 2020 Summer Games. He scored five goals and recorded one assist in the tournament.
Mexico won the bronze medal with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday in Saitama, Japan. Canada beat Sweden in penalties in the women’s gold medal game Friday in Yokohama. The United States Women’s National Team won bronze.
The United States’ Kelley O’Hara consoles Carli Lloyd as she buries her face in her hands after Canada defeated Team USA in the soccer semifinal match on August 2. Canada defeated the United States 1-0 on a penalty kick. Photo by Mike Theiler