RIO 2016

Neymar makes history as Brazil book spot in gold-medal match

The Barcelona ace scored twice - including the fastest ever goal at the Olympics - as Brazil thrashed Honduras in the semi-finals in Rio.

Neymar makes history as Brazil book spot in gold-medal match
MARTIN BERNETTI AFP

Two-goal Neymar netted the quickest strike in Olympic history as Brazil routed Honduras 6-0 to book their place in Sunday's gold-medal match at Rio 2016.

History-making opener

The Barcelona star gave the hosts the lead after just 14 seconds of Wednesday's semi-final at the Maracana, robbing Johnny Palacios before goalkeeper Luis López's bid to clear saw the ball rebound off his chest and in.

The effort beats the record held by Canada's Janine Beckie, who was on the scoresheet against Australia after 19 seconds in the group stages.

Neymar celebrates his quickfire opener against Honduras.

Injury scare

The 24-year-old's bravery nearly came at a cost, however, as he was winded by López's attempted clearance and was briefly stretchered off before returning to the field.

New Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus added two more to see the Seleçao go in 3-0 at the break, before Marquinhos finished from close range and Luan Vieira completed a fine team move to put further daylight between the sides.

Luan wheels away after scoring Brazil's fifth.

Chance for Germany revenge

Neymar's late penalty then rounded off a thumping victory for Brazil, who now have the chance to ease some of the pain caused by a 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany on home soil at the 2014 World Cup.

A mouth-watering rematch with the Germans is in store after the world champions saw off 1996 winners Nigeria 2-0 in Wednesday's other last-four clash in Sao Paulo.