The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo.
The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana.
Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.
“These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.
“Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life.”
Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.
One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium.
The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.
Women’s hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh carried the flag for Great Britain, who finished the Games with 67 medals – their highest tally at an overseas Olympics.
Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce had earlier won Britain’s final medal of Rio 2016 – a silver – as they finished second in the medal table to the United States, ahead of China.
For the first time ever, Brazil has won an Olympic gold medal in soccer. Neymar fired his country to victory over Germany on Saturday, scoring in a 1-1 draw and converting the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout win.
The Germans got off to a fast start, with Julian Brandt hitting the crossbar in the 11th minute. But it was the Brazilians who struck first, through their captain Neymar. In the 27th minute, he drew a foul on Matthias Ginter 25 yards away from goal and stepped up to address the free kick himself. The result was perhaps the best free kick Neymar’s ever taken in a match — it hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced in, giving Timo Horn absolutely no chance to make a save.
Even if Brazil wanted to sit back and control the game after that, they probably wouldn’t have known how to do it. They continued to play the same way while Germany pushed forward, resulting in a wide-open game. And Germany was unlucky not to equalize before halftime, with Sven Bender striking the bar with a deflected shot in the 35th minute.
Germany came out with a bit more organized attack to start the second half, and it paid off within 15 minutes. Max Meyer was the man who leveled the game in the 59th minute, finishing a beautiful first-time shot from 12 yards off a low cross by Jeremy Toljan.
Brazil were the team that pushed harder for the winner in the last half-hour, and came close on a few occasions, with Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Luan all just barely missing on solid half-chances. Germany looked threatening on the break as well, but neither team could score to avoid extra time.
In the added 30 minute period, both teams looked tired and didn’t have the energy to attack with the pace that they had for the 60-plus minutes of the game between Neymar’s opener and the regular time whistle. Despite the hosts making one big final push in the last five minutes, they couldn’t break through, and the match went to penalties.
Everyone in the first four rounds of spot kicks converted, with the fifth round ending as the dramatic decider. German striker Nils Petersen had his shot saved, setting up Neymar to score the winning penalty to win the gold medal.
There may have been a moment, after referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot, when Wayne Rooney fondly imagined he might still be Manchester United’s penalty taker. He eyed the target happily. Here we go. Game over. Manchester United goal No 247, coming right up.
And then a giant man with a top-knot calmly collected the ball and placed it on the penalty spot. Rooney lives in Zlatan’s world now. And in Zlatan’s world only one man gets to take the penalties. Here’s a clue: it’s not Wayne Rooney.
So Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped up and stuck the ball, smartly, low to Fraser Forster’s right. It was his second goal of the night and Manchester United were 2-0 up. Meaning all was right in Zlatan’s world.
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10′ 1 – 0 Arda Turan scored the first goal of the game in just 10th minute which pretty much sealed the tie.
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56′ 3 – 0 Lionel Messi himself got on the scoresheet in 56th minute to put the game to bed.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his Premier League debut with a spectacular goal as Manchester United started the season with a 3-1 win at AFC Bournemouth.
The striker expertly arrowed a 30-yard strike into the bottom left corner of the goal 64 minutes into his first match in English league football.
Callum Wilson, who was ruled out from September to April last season after a blistering start to his Premier League career, shot wide after Luke Shaw’s poor control allowed him to pounce, but the visitors struck first.
Juan Mata put Jose Mourinho on course for a victory in his first league match as Man Utd manager shortly before half-time.
The ball bobbled off AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis, who had played Mata in with an underhit backpass in the same passage of play, and the Spaniard tapped into an empty net.
An acrobatic flick from Ibrahimovic nearly allowed Wayne Rooney to add a second, but he did not need to wait long to get on the scoresheet, heading across Boruc after Anthony Martial’s scuffed volley bounced into his path.
Usain Bolt has roared into Olympic history, capturing an unprecedented third consecutive 100 metres crown to confirm his place in the pantheon of the greatest athletes the world has seen.
The 29-year-old Jamaican legend, competing in his final Olympics, powered over the line in 9.81 seconds, vanquishing drug-tainted American rival Justin Gatlin who took silver with Andre de Grasse of Canada claiming bronze.
Gatlin, who had been booed by the Rio crowd as he was introduced, crossed in 9.89 with De Grasse just behind in 9.91.
Bolt galloped away in celebration after a superb win, basking in the adulation of the stadium and even taking selfies with fans during his lap of honour.
Lionel Messi is coming back to the Argentina national team. Messi has agreed to return because of the ‘love’ he has for his country.
Over the weekend, Messi chatted with new Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza,who was in Barcelona as the team played Sampdoria in a preseason match. It appears that the convo went well.
Messi announced he was leaving the national team in June after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile, the third straight summer in which the team lost a cup final.
“A lot of things went through my mind on the night of the final and I gave serious thought to quitting, but my love for my country and this shirt is too great,” he said on Friday in a statement released by his management company.
Crisis-struck Argentine football suffered another blow Wednesday when the two-time Olympic gold medallists were dumped out of the Rio Games at the group stages following a 1-1 draw with Honduras.
Argentina needed to win to secure a place in the last eight due to their inferior goal difference with the Hondurans after both had lost to Portugal and beat Algeria in their opening two group matches.
However, the Central Americans sprung a huge surprise as Antony Lorenzo’s penalty 15 minutes from time put them in front in Brasilia and, despite Mauricio Martinez’s equaliser deep into stoppage time, Argentina bowed out in embarrassing fashion.
The Albiceleste’s chances were severely hampered by chaotic preparation for the Games.