Brazil beat Spain in extra time to retain Olympic football gold

Soccer-Malcom grabs golden glory for Brazil

It took Brazil 64 years to win its first Olympic gold medal in soccer. Five years later, it has its second.

Playing in the same stadium in Yokohama where its national team won the 2002 World Cup final, Brazil repeated as Olympic champion on Saturday by beating Spain, 2-1, in extra time.

Malcom, a 24-year-old forward who plays for the Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, delivered the winner as a fresh-legged substitute, scoring off a long lead pass in the 108th minute.

After the game ended 1-1 in normal time, Malcom raced onto a diagonal ball from Antony and got the better of Jesus Vallejo before driving the winner into the far corner in the 108th minute to ensure Brazil repeated their Rio 2016 triumph.

“This was the most important goal of my life,” a beaming Malcom told reporters, “It is such a unique moment”.

An Olympic gold in football will never match a World Cup title but for 120 minutes there was no doubt that this match meant plenty to both sides.