This Thursday, the initial whistle was given in Japan, to kick off men’s soccer action at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. All four groups played and in almost all of them there were surprising results. For South America, Brazil’s team thrashed, while Argentina lost.
Group A: Mexico thrashed France
In Group A, the Olympic team of Mexico defeated its counterpart France 4-1. By the Aztecs they marked Ernesto Vega, Francisco Córdova, Carlos Antuña and Eduardo Aguirre, while the both Gallic was the work of Andre Pierre Gignac.
The result was surprising for the Europeans, who hope to improve in the second round, which they will play against South Africa next Sunday. Mexico will face Japan on the second date.
The other party in the group was between Japan and South Africa, in which the locals took the victory by the smallest difference, with a goal scored by the Real Madrid player Takefusa Okubo.
Both games were played at the Tokyo Stadium, behind closed doors, and the second had a pleasant novelty in the arbitration, since the Venezuelan Jesús Valenzuela, recently chosen as the best referee of the last Copa América 2021, was in charge of directing the commitment.
Group A was as follows:
- Mexico 3 Pts.
- Japan 3 Pts.
- South Africa 0 Pts.
- France 0 Pts.
Group B without news in olympic football
Group B matches were played at the Kashima Stadium, both matches without an audience, in which there was no major surprise.
First thing in the morning they faced each other New Zealand against South Korea, with victory for the oceanic of a goal by zero. The lone goal was scored by Chris Wood.
Honduras and Romania The faces were seen in the second match of the day, in which Europeans defeated the Central Americans 0-1. The difference on the blackboard was put by a misfortune of Elvin Olivia, who scored an own goal at the end of the first half.
On the second day of Group B, New Zealand-Honduras and Romania-South Korea will face each other.
After the first date, this is how the Olympic teams were located:
- New Zealand 3 Pts.
- Romania 3 Pts.
- Honduras 0 Pts.
- South Korea 0 Pts.
Group C: Argentina falls in its debut
Group C of Olympic football played in the Sapporo Dome, also behind closed doors, for national measures against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first match they disputed Egypt and Spain and finished tied without goals. Perhaps the result is surprising for the Europeans, who had figures like Mikel Oyarzabal, Marco Asensio, Pedri, among others.
Argentina played second hour before Australia, in a game in which the oceanic defeated the albiceleste 0-2. Lachlan Wales and Marco Tilio were the authors of the Australian targets.
The South Americans played half the game with one man less, because Francisco Ortega was sent off before the end of the first half with a double warning.
The second day of the group will take place this Sunday, where they will face Egypt against Argentina and Austria against Spain.
The Group C classification was as follows:
- Australia 3 Pts.
- Spain 1 Pto.
- Egypt 1 Pto.
- Argentina 0 Pts.
Group D: Richarlison’s hat-trick in Olympic football
The last group of men’s soccer of Tokyo 2020 developed their actions at the Yokohama International Stadium, also behind closed doors.
In the first engagement of the day they saw the faces Ivory Coast in view of Saudi Arabia. The victory went to the Ivorians, with a score of 2-1, with goals from Abdulelah Al Amri (own goal) and Franck Kessie, while the discount was scored by Salem Al-Dawsari.
The day closed it Brazil, who beat Germany with a 4-2 win. The figure of the meeting was Richarlison, who was in charge of scoring a triplet in his debut. Paulinho scored the canarinha’s fourth goal, while Matheus Cunha missed a penalty. For Germany, Nadam Amiri and Ragnar Ache scored. The Teutonic team was left with one man less in the 63rd minute, after Maximilian Arnold was sent off for a double yellow card.
The second day will be played on Sunday, like that of the other Olympic football groups, in which Brazil-Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia-Germany will face off.
Group D was as follows, after the first day:
- Brazil 3 Pts.
- Ivory Coast 3 Pts.
- Saudi Arabia 0 Pts.
- Germany 0 Pts.