Richarlison Shines As Brazil Book Spot In Olympic Semis

Richarlison set up the decisive goal as Brazil beat Egypt 1-0 in an Olympic Games quarter-final clash on Saturday.

The Everton forward – who has hit five goals in the tournament – continued his fine form by playing an instrumental role in Matheus Cunha’s 37th-minute strike at Saitama Stadium.

Richarlison carried the ball forward on the left flank before sliding a perfectly-weighted pass into Cunha on the edge of the area – Cunha then took a touch to set himself before drilling a shot into the bottom corner.

Brazil progress to face Mexico in Tuesday's semi-final.

Before his assist, Richarlison had come close to breaking the deadlock but saw a deflected effort well saved by Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.

El Shenawy made another excellent stop to deny Cunha shortly after half-time as Brazil pressed forward in search of a second goal.

Egypt exerted pressure in the game’s final stages as they desperately hunted a leveller – but Brazil stood strong to book a place in the last four.

Richarlison was substituted in stoppage time after a typically hard-working, energetic performance and he can now look forward to a last-four clash with Mexico in Kashima.