TOKYO: France’s Olympic males’s soccer marketing campaign obtained off to a dreadful begin once they had been thrashed 4-1 by Mexico whereas Argentina suffered a shock 2-Zero loss to Australia because the group stage kicked off on Thursday.
Brazil striker Richarlison scored the primary hat-trick of the lads’s match because the defending champions held off a late rally from Germany in a 4-2 win at Yokohama’s Worldwide Stadium.
Hosts Japan made a profitable begin courtesy of a late strike from midfielder Takefusa Kubo in a 1-Zero victory over South Africa, who had been coping with Covid-19 instances on the eve of the Group ‘A’ match.
It was a day to overlook for Sylvain Ripoll’s France who collapsed within the second half when Alexis Vega, Sebastian Cordova, Uriel Antuna and Erick Aguirre netted for Mexico on the Tokyo Stadium.
France, chasing a primary Olympic medal since profitable gold in 1984, now face a frightening process to qualify from Group ‘A’ forward of video games in opposition to South Africa and hosts Japan.
Of their first Olympic marketing campaign since Beijing 2008, Australia took a shock lead in opposition to twice gold medallists Argentina inside 14 minutes when winger Lachlan Wales scored from shut vary.
Argentina’s issues had been compounded late within the first half when left again Francisco Ortega was despatched off after two quickfire yellow playing cards.
The South American aspect by no means fairly recovered from the setback, as substitute Marco Tilio added a second for the Olyroos within the 80th minute to seal a memorable win.
Australia are prime of Group ‘C’ forward Egypt and Spain, who drew 0-Zero within the different recreation in Sapporo.
Brazil, who received gold for the primary time when impressed by Neymar on house soil 5 years in the past in Rio, downed Germany in a dramatic match which noticed ahead Richarlison web a first-half hat-trick.
The Everton man scored thrice inside the primary half an hour, however Matheus Cunha missed a penalty and Germany then threatened an unlikely second-half comeback. Bayer Leverkusen’s Nadiem Amiri pulled one again earlier than the hour mark, and though Maximilian Arnold was despatched off shortly afterwards, substitute Ragnar Ache reduce the deficit to 1 purpose with seven minutes of the 90 left.
But it surely was one other Leverkusen participant, Paulinho, who got here off the bench and put the match to mattress for Brazil within the fourth minute of stoppage time.
It gave Brazil the early lead in Group ‘D’ over Ivory Coast, who beat Saudi Arabia earlier in the identical stadium with a 2-1 victory clinched by AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.
New Zealand made a profitable begin in Group ‘B’ as Burnley striker Chris Wooden secured a 1-Zero victory over South Korea together with his 72nd-minute winner on the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium the place just a few hundred followers had been permitted as a result of it’s simply outdoors Tokyo and never in the identical state of emergency because the capital.
An personal purpose noticed Romania edge out Honduras 1-Zero within the group’s different recreation
The ladies’s competitors started on Wednesday with the highly-ranked US upset by Sweden.
Printed in Daybreak, July 24th, 2021