Tokyo Olympics, Olyroos stuns Argentina 2-0 to kick off Tokyo Olympics campaign

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Two-time Olympic men’s football champion Argentina was stunned 2-0 by Australia on Thursday in their opening game at the Tokyo Games.

In the first Olympic match since 2008, Australia took the lead via the tap-in of Lachlan Wales in the 14th minute at the Sapporo Dome.

Teenage sensation Marco Tlio secured the win in the 80th, just a minute after coming off the bench, with a sensational jewel from the edge of the penalty area.

The win lifts Australia to the top of Group C, ahead of Egypt and Spain, who drew 0-0 in the other game.

It puts them in a strong position to advance to the knockout stages and ushers in a new era in Australian Olympic football.

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The Terrigal native Wales was the first to score in the opening stages of the game when he turned a stray ball towards the goal from the six-yard box.

But it may have been Tilio’s stunning attempt from outside the box that stole the headlines late in the game.

“It really is a dream come true to win this match,” Wales said full-time.

“Argentina is one of the biggest countries in world football and it’s an unreal feeling.”

“We have worked so hard and for all Australians it is such a big moment in football… tonight we shocked the world and hopefully we can continue to shock the world throughout the tournament.”

A red card dealt to Francisco Ortega just before half-time played into the hands of the Australians, who showed commendable composure to hold on to the pressure for another 40 minutes.

The Argentines won Olympic gold in 2004 and 2008.

Australia’s best show was fourth place in 1992.

-with AP

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