It wasn’t beautiful and it certainly wasn’t easy, but Brazil beat Germany in a gut-churning penalty shootout Saturday to win its first-ever soccer gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The win on home soil represents partial redemption for the world’s iconic soccer nation after Germany destroyed Brazil in Brazil 7-1 to win their 2014 World Cup semifinal. Saturday’s Olympics gold erases nothing and is far from a permanent fix — simply qualifying for the 2018 World Cup will be an uphill climb as things stand now. But it’s something, an imperfect catharsis, and another loss at home to Germany would have nearly felt fatal. Read more…

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Neymar’s golden moment: Brazil tops Germany to win Olympics soccer in Rio