Neymar scores fastest goal in Olympic history

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Neymar has finally come to life at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

A poor start to the tournament saw the Barcelona winger criticised by the nation's fans but he has fought back and powered his side through to the semi-finals.

And his fine form continued against Honduras on Wednesday afternoon; within 15 seconds, Neymar opened the scoring following a defensive error.


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The 24-year-old picked up possession just outside of the 18-yard box and finished past the onrushing Luis Lopez, albeit thanks to a stroke of luck.

In doing so, Neymar scored the fastest goal in Olympic history.

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But no sooner than he wheeled off in celebration did the Brazilian go down after suffering what looked like a chest injury from Lopez's strong challenge (see below).

Neymar, clutching his chest in pain, was a worrying sight and he was soon stretchered off the pitch to receive medical attention amidst fears he would have to be substituted.

But thankfully, the Barcelona man returned to the pitch to loud cheers from the crowd, who were clearly happy to see their star man back in action.

Win against Honduras and Brazil will be through to the final, where they will face either Nigeria or Germany on August 20. 

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The hosts have never won gold in an Olympic tournament and for Neymar, it's about time that changed.

He told Brazilian TV last month, per ESPN: "It's a unique opportunity, not only for me, but for everyone on the team. We know how important this medal is.

"I know that this gold medal has eluded Brazil so far, and we will do everything to try to win it. It's rare that a country like Brazil, considered the land of football, still hasn't won this gold."

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