Electric Richarlison Hits Double In Olympics Victory

Richarlison continued his electric form by netting twice as Brazil secured qualification for the Olympic Games quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

The Everton forward has now struck five goals in the tournament – and his double against Saudi Arabia ensured Brazil qualify for the knockout stages as group winners.

Both Richarlison’s goals came in the final quarter-of-an-hour of the game in Saitama.

With the scores locked at 1-1, the 24-year-old rose high to head in from close range to put Brazil ahead on 76 minutes.

Richarlison – who hit a hat-trick as Brazil kicked off the tournament with a 4-2 victory over Germany – then wrapped up the victory in stoppage time when he finished off a flowing team move.

The South American side had opened the scoring through Matheus Cunha’s powerful header 14 minutes in.

Saudi Arabia responded impressively, though, and levelled when Bdulelah Al-Amri struck midway through the first half.

Brazil created numerous chances to go back ahead – with Antony and Arana both going close – before Richarlison’s late double sealed victory.

Brazil will face Egypt in their last-eight clash on Saturday.

Everton full-back Niels Nkounkou, meanwhile, was on the bench as France were eliminated from the competition following a 4-0 defeat by hosts Japan.

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