Manchester City confirmed the signing of Brazil player Gabriel Jesus last week and he is in action at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
ew Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus has helped Brazil avoid an embarrassing exit at the group stage of the Rio Olympics.
He scored a neat volley in his nation’s 4-0 win over Denmark to leave them top of Group A and ensure they qualify for the next round as group winners.
The youngster’s move to the Etihad Stadium was confirmed last week but he isn’t due in Manchester until January after the conclusion of the Brazilian league championship.
In the meantime, he’s representing his country at the Olympics, but things hadn’t gone to plan for the host nation before Wednesday’s resounding win over Denmark.
Two 0-0 draws with South Africa and Iraq were met with boos from spectators and Jesus was forced to deny claims his transfer to City had affected his form.
No, the move to Manchester City has nothing to do with it,” said Jesus when quizzed about his form prior to playing Denmark.
“When I was in Palmeiras I was asked that question, too. I’m not scoring goals because I am not scoring goals. Some days we don’t play to our best.
“We are creating chances, I even had two chances. There were three others who had some, we are making them, just missing them. That is important, of course, but we are playing well.”
Despite a poor start to the tournament, Brazil hit back with a strong performance vs Denmark, with goals from Jesus, Luan and a brace from Chelsea target Gabriel Barbosa.
Barcelona superstar Neymar is leading the team at the competition but is yet to score at the Rio Olympics.
The home side will next play Colombia in the quarter-finals of the tournament on Saturday and will hope to continue to improve in order to have any chance of winning the coveted goal medal.