Gold medal favourites Brazil
became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals when
they came from behind to beat Belarus 3-1 at Old Trafford thanks
to an inspired performance from Neymar, who scored and made the
two other goals.
Brazil's victory, thanks to a header from Alexandre Pato, a
30 metre free-kick from Neymar and a brilliantly-taken third by
Oscar after being set up by a backheel from Neymar, meant Brazil
have six points from their opening two Group C matches and are
through to the knockout rounds.
However they had to come from behind after Brazilian-born
Renan Bardini headed Belarus in front after eight minutes.
In the other Group C match played earlier at Old Trafford in
Manchester, Egypt wasted plenty of chances in a 1-1 draw with
New Zealand which did neither team's chances of advancing much
good. Belarus, who are second, will qualify with a win over
Egypt on Wednesday.
Chris Wood put the Kiwis ahead after 17 minutes before
Mohamed Salah equalised after 40 minutes for his second goal of
the tournament. Egypt wasted chances in the second half and now
must beat Belarus themselves to have any chance of going
New Zealand's Ryan Nelsen summed up the game by saying: "At
the end it was a case of you score, we score. Both teams needed
a win and it showed in the end. Both teams will be disappointed
by the result."
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