Brazil, the defending champions of the Rio Olympics for football, thrashed Germany on Thursday at the Tokyo Olympics, repeating the result of the clash between the two sides in the 2016 Olympic final.

In their opening game, Brazil took a lead in the first half of the game that ended with a score of 4-2. Richarlison, who plays as a striker for Brazil, scored a hattrick in the game.

The 2016 clash of Brazil and Germany in the Olympics had a similar fate. The teams ended at a score of 1-1 and led to a round of penalty shootouts, where Brazil beat Germany to claim the gold medal. 

The rivalry between the European and Latin American teams has been mostly one-sided so far as Germany, on Thursday, was defeated at the International Stadium in Japan's Yokohama, where Brazil beat the team in the 2002 World Cup final.

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Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar of Germany seemed to bring back their team into the game in the second half with their two goals. However, Richarlison's hattrick, which was secured in the first 30 minutes of the match, was enough to keep Germany at bay. 

Paulinho, who also plays as a striker for football club Bayer Leverkusen, sealed Brazil's triumph over their European rivals with a late goal in the match. 

On the other hand, South Africa clashed with Olympic hosts Japan on Thursday and sustained a defeat with a score of 1-0. 

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However, the South African team was severely impacted recently after two players and a member of the support staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. 

While 18 players were isolated after being identified as close contacts of those who tested positive, 17 passed the pre-game COVID-19 protocols and were permitted to take part.