Neymar broke down in tears as soon as he hit the net with this penalty on Saturday night.
My mans Neymar got ice in his veins https://t.co/7vyZNahEbX
— yousef ? (@YousefAbdeIhay) August 20, 2016
The Brazil captain is unlikely to take a more important spot kick in his entire career.
Neymar’s pen saw Brazil beat Germany 5-4 in an Olympic final shootout, after playing out a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.
Germany are known worldwide as kings of the shootout, but Weverton’s save to deny Nils Petersen meant that the 2014 World Cup winners could only find the net with four o of their five kicks.
That set the stage for Neymar, who made no mistake from 12 yards.
Neymar’s pen – in terms of technique, if not context – was rather unspectacular.
The same cannot be said of his stunning free kick which opened the scoring in the gold medal match.
An amazing long-range effort on 26 minutes fired the hosts ahead in style.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 20, 2016
Max Meyer equalised just before the hour, sending the final into extra time.
A tense 30 minutes past, before an even tenser shootout went the way of Brazil, much to the delight of the locals.