Shaikh Salman praises Asia’s outstanding teams and officials in Tokyo Olympics
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has praised Asia’s teams and officials after both Australia and Japan finished fourth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic women’s and men’s football tournaments respectively.
The Continent’s match officials also performed remarkably after AFC referees – Chris Beath and assistants Anton Shchetinin and George Lakrindis from Australia – were selected to officiate the gold medal Final between Brazil and Spain later today.
Tokyo Olympics: Japan's Moriyasu looks forward after heartbreak against Mexico
Saitama: Hajime Moriyasu sought to strike a positive tone as he looked to the future after seeing his Japan side miss out on a medal at the Olympic Games Men's Football following their 3-1 loss to Mexico on Friday.
Kaoru Mitoma scored with 12 minutes remaining to give Japan hope late in the game, but earlier goals via Sebastian Cordova’s penalty and headers from Johan Vasquez and Alexis Vega ensured the Mexicans had a big enough advantage to claim the bronze medal.
The loss means Japan’s wait for a second Olympic medal in the men’s tournament will extend for least another three years as Moriyasu sought to lead the country to a place on the podium for the first time since 1968.
AFC match officials appointed for Tokyo Olympics Men's Football Final
Tokyo: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s referees have been assigned to take charge of the Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Final between Brazil and Spain on Saturday.
Australia’s Chris Beath will officiate the gold medal match alongside assistant referees Anton Shchetinin and George Lakrindis. The trio was also the match officials in the 2019 AFC Champions League Semi-final and Quarter-final.
Tokyo Olympics: “Don’t forget this feeling,” says Gustavsson after bronze eludes Australia
Ibaraki: Australian women’s national team head coach Tony Gustavsson has called on his side to bottle the feeling of disappointment which came after Thursday’s defeat to the United States in the Tokyo Olympics bronze medal match.
Chasing the nation’s first ever Olympic football medal, the Matildas’ sharp attacking performance was undermined by a series of defensive errors in a match that ultimately finished in a 4-3 win for the world champions.
Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd scored twice each to put the Americans 4-1 up just after half time, but goals from Caitlin Foord and Emily Gielnik brought Australia back into the contest after Sam Kerr had become the team’s all-time record goal scorer earlier in the match.
Tokyo Olympics: Canada defeat Sweden on penalties to clinch women's gold
Yokohama: Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe saved two spot-kicks in a nail-biting shootout as Canada defeated Sweden 3-2 on penalties to clinch the Tokyo Olympics Women's Football gold for the first time on Friday.
Stina Blackstenius scored her team-best fifth goal of the tournament to give Sweden the lead, but Jessie Fleming's penalty in the second half sent the match to extra time and it finished 1-1 after 120 minutes.
Saitama: Japan endured Olympic Games heartbreak for the second time in three tournaments on Friday as Hajime Moriyasu’s side missed out on a medal at Tokyo 2020 with a 3-1 loss to Mexico in the bronze medal playoff at the Saitama Stadium.
The tournament hosts had been looking to claim the country’s first men’s football medal since winning bronze in 1968, but slipped to a defeat that means their run without claiming a place on the Olympic podium will continue for at least another three years.
Japan previously missed out on a bronze medal in 2012 when Takashi Sekizuka’s team were beaten by Korea Republic at the London Olympics and they were to taste similar disappointment on home soil as Moriyasu’s side were second-best for much of the game.
Tokyo Olympics: Australia's dream dashed by United States
Ibaraki: Australia’s bid for a maiden women’s Olympic football medal came to an end with a 4-3 defeat to the United States in the Tokyo 2020 bronze medal match on Thursday.
Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd both scored twice as the world champions capitalised on persistent defensive errors from the Matildas, for whom Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord got on the scoresheet before Emily Gielnik added a further goal in the dying moments.
Despite their defeat, Australia’s fourth place finish is their best ever showing in women’s football at an Olympic Games, equalling the men’s effort from 1992 in Barcelona.