Neymar and Brazil began their quest for Olympic gold with a disappointing 0-0 draw against South Africa in Group A.
The match did not go as planned for the Brazilians as they looked to get off to a strong start on home soil. The host team had a difficult time finding a breakthrough against South Africa despite holding the advantage in shots and possession.
South Africa remained tough on the defensive side of the ball and even created a few scoring chances of its own, mainly through captain Keegan Dolly.
Brazil put pressure on the South African defense throughout the match, but really began to pepper South Africa’s goal in the final 30 minutes after South Africa’s Mothobi Mvala received two yellow cards in quick succession and was sent off.
With the man advantage, Brazil’s offense created even more opportunities, but could not score. In total, Brazil recorded 20 shots.
Both Brazil and South Africa take one point from the match. With Iraq and Denmark playing to a draw earlier in the day all four teams in Group A have one point.
Brazil will look to get back on track against Iraq on Sunday at 9:00 p.m ET. South Africa will face Denmark on Sunday at 6:00 p.m ET.