Serge Gnabry scored his penalty against Brazil in the final of the Rio Olympics Men’s tournament but had to watch on as the hosts won the shoot-out thanks to Neymar.
Neymar, the man who had missed out on Brazil’s humiliation in the World Cup at the hands of the same opposition had given his country the lead in the first half before Germany struck back in the second ensuring that the game would go to extra time and then penalties.
With the first four German and Brazilian takers converting, Serge getting a little luck as his went under the keeper who probably feels he should have saved it, Nils Peterson could only watch on as Weverton saved his spot kick, setting it up for Neymar to win the gold in front of a heavily partisan crowd in the Maracana.
Speaking after the match, the German coach, Horst Hrubesch, who will now seemingly retire, said that his players should feel proud of what they had achieved, adding “we go from here a winner, not a loser.”
Joachim Loew said, “What a drama! Of course you need a bit of luck on penalties, which Brazil had. Congratulations to the Brazilians.
“Despite the disappointment, our team has not lost gold but won silver. This is a huge success, which one can only congratulate.”
Serge was voted Man of the Match by readers on Onefootball but on the DFB official site, Lukas Klostermann was leading the vote with 33.4% compared to Serge’s 1.88%, hinting at yet another Arsenal fan poll hijack.
Serge finishes the competition with six goals and shares the Golden Boot with his teammate, Nils Petersen.
Nigeria beat Honduras in the bronze medal play-off to claim their first medal of the games.
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender, Josephine Henning did, however, win gold as the German women’s team beat Sweden on Friday night.