Neymar, BRAZIL RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES.jpg
Neymar of Brazil celebrates his 6-0 goal during the men's semi final match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Soccer tournament between Brazil and Honduras at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17 August 2016.
Photograph: EPA/JAVIER ETXEZARRETA

Barcelona superstar Neymar needed no more than 15 seconds to find the net in the 6-0 romp against Honduras on Wednesday and set Brazil en route to a rematch with Germany in the final of the men's Olympic football tournament.

Brazil had no difficulty in thrashing the hapless Hondurans in the Maracana Stadium, while Germany earned their ticket to Saturday's showpiece final in Rio de Janeiro by beating Nigeria 2-0 in the Corinthians Arena.

Brazilian football was rocked by the Selecao collapsing in a 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the home World Cup in 2014.

While Germany went on to lift the trophy, Brazil have endured two years of tough introspection, culminating in group-stage elimination from this year's Copa America.

Their Olympic campaign did not start smoothly either, with Neymar criticized for his performance in two opening goalless draws. But they are now just one match away from winning their first-ever gold medal in Olympic football.

"I think we are going to deal with the pressure as we have done so far," Brazil coach Rogerio Micale said. "We knew there would be a lot of pressure to win the gold medal as this would be an unprecedented achievement.

"We will work as we have done from the start and we will deliver results by striving to our absolute utmost. We will give our all - our football is not just about quality, but also perspiration which is why we can hope to make our big dream come true."

Any nerves Brazil held in facing Honduras vanished straight after kick-off as Neymar pounced on a slack back pass. His initial shot was saved by keeper Luis Lopez but the rebound ricocheted off the forward and into the net for the fastest goal in Olympic history.

"The early goal helped a lot especially when you know you have to fight an opponent who is going to be defensive so to start by scoring a goal so early is very good," Micale said.

"We played to our best in such an important game and with the problems of the heat I am delighted with the display."

Gabriel Jesus added a quick-fire double in the 26th and 35th minutes before Marquinhos (51), Luan (79) and then Neymar, with an injury time penalty, completed the rout.

"This is what we wanted. We are fighting to conquer this," Jesus said. Everything is in our favour as we are at home in Brazil."

Germany's victory was not nearly so clear-cut even though they also opened the scoring early through Lukas Klostermann's ninth-minute tap-in. Nigeria spurned various chances before Germany re-established control in the second half and sealed the deal through Nils Petersen's late strike.

"Is there anything more beautiful than playing an Olympic final at Maracana against Brazil? It is amazing, fabulous," Germany coach Horst Hrubesch said upon guaranteeing a first men's football medal since 1988.

"We have to enjoy and celebrate the final we have reached and this is what we are going to do.

"We will play offensive, we always play offensive. Let's see if we are successful at the end."

Nigeria face Honduras in the bronze medal match in Mineirao on Saturday.

Latest news

Thousands of Romanians revive anti-government protests

Thousands of Romanians turned out on Sunday to renew their demands for the government to step down amid accusations it is trying to protect corrupt politicians.

Francis, first pope to visit Anglicans in Rome, weighs S Sudan trip

Pope Francis became the first leader of the Catholic Church to visit the Anglican community in Rome on Sunday, where he said he was considering a trip to famine-struck South Sudan.

Ibrahimovic lifts Man United past Southampton in League Cup final

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an 87th-minute winner as Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 in an exciting League Cup final on Sunday.

London screens Iranian director's film amid Oscars boycott

Thousands of people watched a free screeening of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's film "The Salesman" in London on Sunday to coincide with the Oscars.

Real Madrid stage comeback to stay top; Messi scores in Barcelona win

Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Sunday to move top of the Spanish first division.

Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Hotel member of The Leading Hotels of the World

The Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Hotel has joined the Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., a global hospitality consortium of more than 375 hotels and resorts in over 75 countries.

Biggest Bosnian Serb party ceases all contact with Izetbegovic over ICJ judjment review request

The main committee of the biggest Bosnian Serb party which makes up the ruling majority in Bosnia and Herzegovina decided o Sunday that its officials would cease all contact with member of the Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic until the crisis occurred following the submission of a request to the International Court of justice (ICJ) to review its ruling against Serbia is resolved.

Egypt court adjourns Morsi retrial over prison escape

An Egyptian court adjourned a case against former president Mohamed Morsi until March 29 on Sunday, during the first session of his retrial over orchestrating a prison escape during the 2011 uprising.

Hamas rejects Netanyahu's proposal for international forces in Gaza

The Islamic Hamas movement rejected on Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to send international forces to the Gaza Strip, the coastal enclave that Hamas has been ruling since 2007.

Deloitte: Growing optimism among CFOs

Chief financial officers (CFOs) in Croatia are more optimistic about growth and financial prospects in 2017 than they were last year, with most of them expecting increases in their company's revenue, a survey shows.

Russian agents main suspects for attempted coup in Montenegro

Russian citizens Eduard Shumakov and Vladimir Popoc, suspected of organising terrorist activities in Montenegro and forming a criminal organisation, are agents of Russia's Main Intelligence Agency (GRU), British, U.S. and other intelligence agencies confirmed, the Podgorica-based media reported on Sunday.

Six injured, 96 detained in Berlin fan clashes

Six people were treated in hospital and 96 detained in clashes in Berlin between fans of Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt, police said Sunday.