Yes, this really happened. Just 15 seconds into Brazil’s Olympic soccer match against Honduras, Neymar scored an unreal goal — and set a brand new record for the fastest goal in Olympic history! Watch the epic play here.
If anyone was going to make history in soccer at the Olympics, we’re not surprised it’s Neymar! Brazil’s left-winger got his team to a dominating start on Aug. 17, and his goal 15 seconds into the game led them to an eventual 6-0 victory.
Things almost didn’t get off to a great start for the home team, as Honduras quickly took control of the ball, but when Neymar put pressure on a defender, he was able to steal it away and push it into the net. Unfortunately, he took a tumble as he made his incredible play and was briefly winded — he even had to be carried off the field on a stretcher!
But the injury didn’t impact his game. He quickly returned, and after his team scored four more goals, he brought the total up to 6 with one final score on a penalty kick. Now, Brazil will head to the gold medal game on Aug. 20, where they’ll face Germany.
It’s a huge game for the team, too, as the Brazilians were completely humiliated by the Germans during the 2014 World Cup — they lost 7-1 at home! YIKES! This will be a huge chance for redemption, and if Neymar’s team wins on Saturday, it will also be Brazil’s first Olympic gold (they won bronze in 1996 and 2008 and silver in 2012).
This record and follow-up goal is excellent momentum for Neymar, as he’s been criticized for his performance in the Olympics so far. Brazil started this year’s tournament with back-to-back 0-0 draws, so a big win will definitely propel them in the right direction for Saturday’s final!
HollywoodLifers, were you totally shocked that Neymar scored that goal? Or did you know he had it in him?