Germany's Robert Bauer sorry for 7-1 gesture after Olympic loss to Brazil
Germany right-back Robert Bauer has apologised for making a gesture referencing his nation's 7-1 victory over Brazil after suffering defeat to the Selecao in Saturday's Olympic final.
Olympic hosts Brazil beat Germany 5-4 on penalties to secure gold at the Maracana, earning some revenge for their heavy defeat at the same stadium in the 2014 World Cup semifinals.
FC Ingolstadt right-back Bauer, 21, showed seven fingers to the Brazil fans, many of whom had given Germany's Olympic side a hostile reception at the Maracana in Rio, but told reporters that he had only done so "in the emotion of the moment."
Bauer added: "I didn't think about it and it then it happened. In the end it was a stupid action, and I am sorry."
Bauer said that he did not recall the moment when it happened but after receiving feedback via social media he wanted to put things right.
The German defender said: "No offence was meant. I am thankful that I was able to be part of it here, and experience the country. It was the first I've been to Brazil."
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.