Olympic football: Completion of match day 1

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This event has 16 national teams made up of a team of U23 players, with three exceptions; some stars are Pedri, Richarlison and Asensio

group A

Mexico (4) v France (1)

Mexico is known for producing great solid young teams along with their experienced goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. France had some moderate stars in their lineup, but they lacked any cohesion as a squad.

The second half lit up the affair with Vega and Cordova taking two goals after neat team moves.

French captain Andre-Pierre Gignac thought he had brought his team back into line by scoring a penalty 69 minutes into the game.

Instead, Mexico’s substitutes Antuna and Aguirre added some class by scoring two fantastic goals to finish the game 4-1.

Japan (1) v South Africa (0)

Home team Japan hopes rested on the young shoulders of Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo, with longtime players like Maya Yoshida. South Africa brought in mostly players from their own league as one of the major underdogs of the tournament.

Star Kubo did get the opening goal after 70 minutes, assisted by Tanaka. This turned out to be the winning goal, as the Japanese held out on a 1-0 victory.

Group B

New Zealand (1) v South Korea (0)

New Zealand brought in a relatively unknown squad that included Premier League fans Chris Wood and Winston Reid. South Korea decided to bring a homegrown team with only three players from outside Asia.

The South Koreans, who played in neighboring Japan, were favorites for this game, but New Zealand took the lead through striker Wood.

With only one shot on target in the entire game, the All Whites held out for the remaining 20 minutes for a 1-0 victory.

Honduras (0) v Romania (1)

None of Honduras’ players would have a name, but the country is known for its teamwork and tenacity. These are Romanian football’s first Olympics in nearly 50 years and they hoped to be a surprise package.

An own goal by Olivia gave Romania the lead just before half-time. The game remained tense with Romania holding out for a valuable win.

Group C

Egypt (0) v Spain (0)

Spain came in as one of the favorites in this competition, bringing with them many of the players who played at Euro 2020. Egypt, on the other hand, was demoralized because their star Mohamed Salah was not allowed to travel because of his club Liverpool.

The Egyptians defended valiantly throughout the game, leaving little time and space for the Spanish forwards, Olmo and Oyarzabal.

Egypt was able to stop every game, causing a very dull game, but giving them a point out of this stalemate.

Argentina (0) v Australia (2)

Argentina last won the Olympics in 2008 and 2004, but this year their team is weaker and more at home. Australia also took a team of mostly unknowns in search of an unexpected shock.

Wales opened the scoring for Australia after 14 minutes. Things got worse for Argentina when defender Ortega received a second yellow card before half-time.

Tilio pinned the unexpected win for Australia with a goal in the 90this minute and won the match 2-0.

Group D

Ivory Coast (2) v Saudi Arabia (1)

Ivory Coast last qualified in 2008, now; with Eric Bailly and Amad from Man United, they had high hopes for the competition. Saudi Arabia brought some of their players who attended the 2018 World Cup in hopes of upsetting their group.

The Saudis started poorly with defender Amri conceding an own goal, but star Al-Dawsari equalized five minutes later.

AC Milan’s Franck Kessie found the winner for Ivory Coast as they left with three points in a 2-1 win.

Brazil (4) v Germany (2)

This would be a repeat of the 1-1 2016 Olympic final where Brazil came out on top.

Everton’s Richarlison took advantage of the poor German defense in the first half, but goalkeeper Muller brought back some pride by saving Matheus Cunha’s penalty at half time.

Amiri was a shining light for Germany and he got a goal back from a volley in the 57th minute. All German hopes seemed extinguished five minutes later after captain Maximilian Arnold was sent off for a second yellow, but Ache scored a second goal back in the 83rd minute.

Veteran captain Dani Alves and his team closed the game after a lightning bolt from Paulinho in the last minute of the game to win 4-2.

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