Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Australia determined not be intimidated by Argentina
Tokyo: Australia will not be overawed by heavyweight opponents Argentina and will instead focus entirely on their own game in the Tokyo Olympic opener on Thursday, according to head coach Graham Arnold.
Appearing in men’s football at the Games for the first time since Beijing 2008, the Olyroos are considered outsiders in a daunting group featuring Argentina, Spain and Egypt.
Tokyo Olympics - Group E: Japan fight back to hold Canada
Sapporo: Japan came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with Canada in their opening Tokyo Olympics Women's Football tournament Group E tie at the Sapporo Dome on Wednesday.
Christine Sinclair opened the scoring in the sixth minute to give Canada the lead but Japan dug deep despite a missed penalty to force the draw with Mana Iwabuchi finding the back of the net in the 84th minute.
Tokyo Olympics - Group G: Australia cruise past New Zealand
Tokyo: Australia made a winning start to their Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football campaign, registering a 2-1 win over New Zealand at Tokyo Stadium on Wednesday.
Winless in five matches under new boss Tony Gustavsson coming into the clash, the Matildas were too strong for their neighbours with first half goals from Tameka Yallop and Sam Kerr providing enough of a buffer to withstand a late New Zealand push which included a last-gasp goal from Gabi Rennie.
Following Sweden’s surprise 3-0 win over the United States earlier on Wednesday, the result puts Australia in second place in Group G ahead of their clash with the Swedes on Saturday.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Korea Republic set for stern test of medal credentials in opener against New Zealand
Tokyo: 2020 AFC U23 champions Korea Republic will need to be on top of their game when they face an experienced New Zealand side in their Tokyo 2020 curtain raiser at Kashima Stadium on Thursday.
Coach Kim Hak-bum's side will want to kick off their Group B campaign with a winning start but they will need to improve upon defensive issues that arose in their two warm-up matches against Argentina and France last week.
In both games, errors at the back presented their opponents with opportunities that they did not spurn and the absence of gifted centre-back Kim Min-jae, who was originally selected as one of the three overage players but was not released by club Beijing FC, seems to have hamstrung the defence.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Japan's bid to end long wait starts with South Africa
Tokyo: Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan side begin their quest to deliver the country’s first Olympic medal in 53 years as the tournament hosts take on South Africa in Group A at Tokyo Stadium on Thursday.
The Japanese have their sights sets on winning a first medal since 1968, when striker Kunishige Kamamoto led the country to the bronze medal in Mexico City with a 2-0 win over the competition’s hosts.
Moriyasu’s side have impressed during the build-up to the competition and go into the meeting with the South Africans unbeaten in their last five games, during which time they have claimed some impressive results.