Tokyo 2020: Everton Forward, Richarlison Makes History With Hat-Trick For Brazil, Defeating Germany
Everton forward, Richarlison became the first player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick at the Olympic Games on Thursday.
Richarlison netted three goals in 30 minutes as Brazil defeated Germany 4-2 in their opening game on Thursday which was played at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.
In a repeat of 2016 Olympic gold-medal match which Brazil won on penalties, the Selecao under-23 side took control of the match despite having a penalty saved.
The 24-year-old got his first after Antony deliciously played him through on goal with a defence-splitting pass.
The Toffees ace took his shot early from just inside the area but the goalkeeper saved it before he followed up to hit the rebound on the half-volley into the net.
Richarlison got the second with his head from close range following some good work from Arana on the flanks.
And he completed his treble inside the half hour mark, cutting in on his right foot, before picking his spot and curling the ball into the far corner.
The match finished 4-2 with Germany managing to pull two goals back but Brazil held on and capped off their win with a late goal from Paulinho.
It was a brilliant display from Richarlison, though, and Everton fans will be hoping he can continue his good form under new boss Rafael Benitez – though he won’t be there for the start of the season due to his participation at the Games.