Germany reaches semifinals of Football event in Olympics


RIO DE JANEIRO: Arsenal s Serge Gnabry became the Olympics top scorer as Germany ended Portugal s hopes of adding gold to a glorious 2016 with a 4-0 thrashing to reach the Rio 2016 semi-finals on Sunday.
Victory takes Germany one step closer to a mouthwatering rematch with hosts Brazil in next Sunday s final two years on from smashing the five-time world champions 7-1 on home soil at the 2014 World Cup.
Brazil resume their quest for a maiden football gold medal in a South American grudge match with Colombia in Sao Paulo later on Sunday.
Honduras await the winners in the semi-final after stunning South Korea 1-0 thanks to Alberth Elis s brilliantly taken solitary goal decided their clash in Belo Horizonte.
Next up for Germany is a semi-final with Nigeria in Salvador on Wednesday after the Africans overcame off-field squabbles over unpaid allowances to beat Denmark 2-0 thanks to goals from Chelsea s John Obi Mikel and Aminu Umar.
“I m not surprised. I have said from the beginning with more games the better we will get as a team,” said Gnabry.
“Horst (Hrubesch) is a super coach. He has prepared us very well.”His tactics are very good and you can see he believes in us.”
The world champions greater experience told with the Portuguese squad ravaged by clubs not releasing players for the Games and a numberof their stars from the under-21s having gone onto win Euro 2016 with the senior side in France last month.
Germany also exacted revenge for a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Portugal in last year s under-21 European championships.
“After losing 4-0, it is absurd to mention that we fulfilled the task, but in several days, when we see what we did, perhaps we (will) see that we have done good work,” said Portugal boss Rui Jorge.
Gnabry has been a player reborn in Brazil after a couple of years blighted by injury and lack of first-team opportunities at Arsenal.
The 21-year-old scored his sixth goal in four games when he coolly slotted home Julian Brandt s inch-perfect pass to open the scoring in first-half stoppage time.
Mathias Ginter is the only member of the Germany team who was also part of the World Cup winning squad two years ago and powered home a corner to put the game beyond Portugal just before the hour mark for his second goal of the tournament.
Brandt, though, was the German s standout performer as he teed up Davie Selke and finally Philipp Max to fire into the top corner.
Gold medallists in 1996, Nigeria have reached the last four despite organisational chaos off the field.
The players had threatened to boycott the quarter-final in Salvador over unpaid allowances, whilst coach Samson Siasia has threatened to quit, claiming he hasn t been paid his salary “for the past five months.”
“We have been disrespected from all angles – by the sports ministry, the Nigeria Football Federation. Is that how you will treat your own children? We are not street kids,” said Siasia.
Nigeria arrived in Brazil just hours before their opening 5-4 win over Japan last week after being stranded for several days at their training base in Atlanta because the Federation hadn t booked flight tickets in advance.
Honduras have also upset the odds to reach the last four as after dumping Argentina out at the group stages, they shocked 2012 bronze medallists South Korea when Elis slotted home Romell Quioto s pass to round off a lightening quick counter-attack that started on the edge of the Honduras box.