Gabriel Jesus misses open goal for Brazil in Olympics opener

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Many Manchester City fans probably hadn’t heard of Gabriel Jesus prior to this week.

However, Pep Guardiola was certainly aware of the talented young Brazilian - and it was the Catalan coach who gave the green light for the club to splash out a cool £27 million - per BBC Sport - for his services this week.

However, for Jesus’ sake, we hope Guardiola wasn’t watching Brazil’s opening match of the 2016 Olympic Games against South Africa this evening.


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The 19-year-old was presented with a golden opportunity to win the match for the Seleção but fluffed his lines.

The ball rolled across the face of goal for Jesus to tap into the empty net, but the teenager - from two yards out - hit the post.

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Disappointing result for Brazil

Brazil ended up drawing their opening match 0-0 - a disappointing result for the host nation, who were expected to breeze through Group A, particularly with the likes of Jesus and Neymar in the side.

The Brazilian public are desperate for their country to win gold in the men’s football competition. Remarkably, it’s the one major honour the South American country has never managed to secure.

They finished as finalists in London four years ago, but nothing less than victory in Rio de Janeiro this summer will be deemed acceptable.

As for Jesus, well, he will feel he has some making up to do following tonight’s shocking miss.

Brazil take on Iraq in their next group match on Sunday, before going head-to-head with Denmark three days later.

After the Olympics, Jesus will head back to his former club Palmeiras until the end of the Brazilian season in December.

Jesus on why he signed for City

On his decision to sign for City, the winger told reporters: "We have many great talents in the team and a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola that I can learn so much from.

"I'm looking forward to showing the City fans what I can do and I think we'll have a great future together."

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