|World Player of the Week
Brazil's men are the red-hot favorites to win their first ever gold medal in the football at the 2012 Olympics, but for a long time of their quarterfinal against Honduras it seemed as if a shock exit was on the cards.
Twice falling behind, it took Leandro Damiao's determination and decisiveness to swing the tie in the favor of the South Americans. First, the Internacional striker's anticipation allowed him to turn home Hulk's cutback, then the 23-year-old won his side a penalty - allowing Neymar to equalize for a second time.
Damiao was destined to have the final say in a thrilling clash at St James' Park, by firing home on the hour mark to book a semifinal meeting with Korea.
Earlier in the week, Damiao also scored one and made another as Brazil beat New Zealand 3-0 and finished top of Group C. Wanted by a host of top European clubs, it will be difficult for Internacional to keep hold of the master marksman following his Olympic heroics.
|Congratulations to Leandro Damiao, Goal.com's 168th World Player of the Week winner!
On Sunday, we encouraged our readers to nominate their choices for the best player of the week. Here are some of the comments we received: