Brazil vs. Honduras: Score and Reaction from 2016 Olympic Soccer

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Neymar of Brazil celebrates with Gabriel Jesus after he scores Brazil's third goal during the Semi Final match between Brazil and Honduras at Maracana Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Neymar scored the fastest goal in the history of Olympic football on Wednesday, as Brazil thrashed Honduras 6-0 at the Maracana to book their place in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games final.

The Barcelona forward capitalised on an error to bundle home after just 14 seconds, while Gabriel Jesus bagged a brace before the interval to effectively end the game.

Marquinhos added a fourth in the second period, Luan finished off a sharp team move for five and Neymar made it six from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

Brazil will face either Nigeria or Germany in Saturday's final, with the second semi-final to be played later on Wednesday.

At a packed stadium, it was imperative the Selecao got off to a fast start, although even the most optimistic of Brazilians couldn't have anticipated being ahead quite so early.

Neymar was sharp to react to a slack pass from Johnny Palacios, and after challenging for the ball with goalkeeper Luis Lopez, it ricocheted off the forward and over the line, sparking wild celebrations at the Maracana. 

Per ESPN Stats & Info, it was a landmark goal in Olympic history:

The joy was quickly subdued, though, as Neymar crumpled to the floor injured. He was carried off the field on a stretcher, clutching his side in clear discomfort. However, the Maracana took a collective sigh of relief as their talisman eventually ambled back onto the field.

Perhaps sensing some frailties, Honduras did take aim at the Barcelona man upon his return, flying into tackles and leaving their foot in at times. The 24-year-old was evidently frustrated, although he continued to pose a real threat with the ball at his feet.

Neymar was given some rough treatment by the Honduras team.
Neymar was given some rough treatment by the Honduras team.Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

It was no surprise when the captain was involved with the second goal, too. He fed Luan, who threaded a pass through to Jesus in the 26th minute. The new Manchester City recruit then calmly poked his effort past the onrushing goalkeeper.

South American football journalist Rupert Fryer was not impressed with Honduras' approach at this point:

Things would only get worse for Honduras before the interval, as Brazil started to turn on the style. Once again, Neymar and Jesus linked up to great effect, as a pinpoint pass from the former released the latter, who finished high above Lopez to make it 3-0 at half-time.

From the restart, it was clear Brazil had no intention to sit back, as they quickly added to their lead. It was more poor defending from Honduras, too, as Marquinhos capitalised on a loose ball in the box after a corner, thrashing home from close range.

Marquinhos netted Brazil's fourth of the game.
Marquinhos netted Brazil's fourth of the game.Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Following the fourth, there was a lull in the game, as Brazil made changes and thoughts turned to Saturday's final. Yet even with Jesus replaced to a rousing reception, the Selecao still had another moment of magic for the assembled supporters, as Luan swept home Felipe Anderson's cross after a slick passing move.

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl hailed the showing of the Gremio forward, who has made a big impact since being introduced into the team:

Honduras did try hard for a consolation goal in the latter stages, although Brazil fought to ensure their record of no goals conceded at the Olympics remained intact.

The hosts even had time to add to their goal haul, as a rash challenge from Palacios in the penalty area gave Neymar the chance to net his second with virtually the last kick of the game.

Neymar rounded off an excellent day for the hosts.
Neymar rounded off an excellent day for the hosts.Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

After a turbulent start to the tournament, Brazil have finally found their groove. The attacking play on display Wednesday would cause any team in the tournament problems, while the supporters, having booed the side earlier in the Games, are back behind their men.

Whether they meet Germany or Nigeria in the gold-medal match, the task will be difficult. Honduras, after conceding such a comical early goal, became reckless very quickly in this one, allowing Brazil time to work their magic. Nevertheless, for a team that thrives on momentum, it was the perfect boost ahead of a high-pressure finale.