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Neymar scores goal in 15 seconds in Rio semi-final

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Neymar celebrates after scoring against Honduras during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games Men's semi-final football match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Neymar celebrates after scoring against Honduras during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games Men’s semi-final football match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Brazil star Neymar scored the fastest goal in Olympic history when he gave the hosts the lead after just 15 seconds in their semi-final with Honduras on Wednesday.

The Barcelona forward robbed Johnny Palacios and saw goalkeeper Luis Lopez’s desperate effort to clear ricochet off his chest and into the net for his second goal of the tournament at the Maracana.

Neymar’s effort beats out Canada’s Janine Beckie’s strike against Australia after 19 seconds in the group stages for fastest goal.

His bravery nearly came at a cost, though, as Neymar was winded by Lopez’s attempted clearance and briefly stretchered off to gasps from the crowd before returning to the field.


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