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Sports News Review – Neymar leads Brazil to Olympic Games finals

We open sports news review with football after forward Neymar, who skipped Copa America so he could play in Rio, led Brazil to Olympic Games finals in quest for nation’s first Olympic gold. Neymar scored twice, including the fastest goal in Olympic Games history after just 15 seconds into the match against Honduras who they thrashed 6-0 at legendary Maracana stadium. Neymar also scored in the final minute of the match from penalty spot while Gabriel Jesus scored a brace in the first half and Marquinhos and Luan added one each in the second half. The hosts will have a chance to take revenge for the 7-1 humiliation they suffered against Germany on home soil at the 2014 World Cup by taking on the Germans in the finals of Olympic Games after “The Elf” beat Nigeria 2-0 in the other semifinals.

Five matches of UEFA Champions League qualification playoff round were played tonight and first leg scores are: Villareal – Monaco 1-2; Porto – Roma 1-1; Dundalk – Legia 0-2; Celtic – Hapoel Beer Sheva 5-2; Ludogorets – Viktoria Plzen 2-0. Second leg matches will be played next Tuesday.

St. Etienne came back from a goal down to beat Beitar Jerusalem 2-1 on the road in the first leg of UEFA Europa League playoff qualification round.

Riyad Mahrez will not be leaving Leicester City this summer after he ended speculation linking him mostly with a move to Arsenal by signing a new four-year deal with Premier League champions today.

Per reports Chelsea have made a £43 million bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Chelsea previously had a £23m offer rejected for the 25-year-old Koulibaly, but have now raised the offer in order to sign the centre-back from the Serie A side.

Wolfsburg has completed the transfer of Germany international Mario Gomez from Fiorentina today for a reported fee of €7 million. The striker moved to Serie A in 2013 but played last season on loan at Besiktas where he scored 26 goals and helped the Istanbul club claim the Turkish SuperLig title.

The scores of second round matches at ATP Masters tournament in Cincinnati are: Kei Nishikori – Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2; Dominic Thiem – John Millman 7-5, 6-1; Nicolas Mahut – Roberto Bautista 7-6, 2-6, 6-3; Stan Wawrinka – Jared Donaldson 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Yuichi Sugita – Alexander Zverev 6-7, 6-4, 6-2; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Reilly Opelka 7-6, 7-6; Juan Monaco – Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-4;

The scores of second round matches at WTA Masters tournament in Cincinnati are: Roberta Vinci – Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-3; Simona Halep – Annika Beck 6-3, 6-1; Misaki Doi – Christina McHale 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Timea Babos – Belinda Bencic 7-5, 6-2; Kristina Mladenovic – Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6, 6-3; Andrea Petkovic – Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-7, 6-2; Johanna Larsson – Irina Begu 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Men’s basketball team of Australia are continuing to play brilliantly at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Aussie’s led by Patty Mills who scored 24 points thrashed Lithuania 90-64 in today’s quarterfinals and go to semifinals where they’ll face the winner of Serbia – Croatia match. On the other side, Spain easily dismissed France 92-67 behind 23 points of Nikola Mirotic and now await the winner of USA – Argentina.

France and Germany are the first semifinal pair of men’s handball Olympic tournament after France beat hosts Brazil 34-27 and Germany dismissed Qatar 34-22 in today’s quarterfinals. Other two quarterfinals matches Denmark – Slovenia and Croatia – Poland are scheduled for later tonight.

Russia expectedly defeated Canada 3-0 in quarterfinals of men’s Olympic volleyball tournament to advance to semifinals where they’ll face the winner of Brazil – Argentina match. On the other side, USA beat Poland 3-0 to advance and wait the winner of Italy – Iran match.

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