Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Tilio eager to continue Australia’s run against Spain
Sapporo: In-form Australia are determined not to rest on their laurels after a dashing first-up win, with youngster Marco Tilio declaring the team are chasing the gold medal ahead of their second Tokyo Olympics Men's Football tournament group stage match, against Spain on Sunday.
Tilio emerged from the bench to score a sensational long-range goal against Argentina in Australia’s 2-0 victory on Thursday, putting the icing on the cake after Lachlan Wales’ early strike had put the wheels in motion for the upset of the tournament.
It was a win which was roundly celebrated in football circles and beyond in Australian society, but the Olyroos’ must now turn their attention to a Spanish side eager to improve on a goalless draw against Egypt in their tournament bow.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Japan out to maintain momentum against impressive Mexico
Saitama: Takehiro Tomiyasu remains a doubt for Japan as Hajime Moriyasu’s side look to build on their opening day win over South Africa when they take on Mexico in their second Group A clash at the Tokyo Olympic Games Men's Football tournament on Sunday.
Sylvain Rypoll’s side handed France a 4-1 thrashing in their opener to take the early lead in the Group A standings, with Japan in second on goal difference.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Saudi Arabia relishing Germany challenge
Yokohama: Saudi Arabia will be eager to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Côte d'Ivoire on the opening day of their Tokyo Olympics Men's Football tournament campaign as the Green Falcons take on Germany on Sunday.
Veteran Salem Al Dawsari was the side’s top performer as Saudi Arabia fought hard but came up just short with the Al Hilal winger cancelling out Abdulelah Al Amri’s own goal and hitting the woodwork late on after AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie had put the Ivorians ahead midway through the second half.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Korea Republic look to bounce back against Romania
Kashima: Korea Republic will be desperate for a response after their disappointing opening-day defeat to New Zealand when they take on Romania in Group B of the Tokyo Olympics Men's Football tournament on Sunday.
The Taeguk Warriors dominated proceedings when they got their campaign underway on Thursday but were made to pay for missed opportunities when, with 20 minutes remaining, Chris Wood netted against the run of play for the Olywhites to secure his country's first-ever win at the Games.
Tokyo Olympics - Group E: Japan's hopes suffer blow after defeat to Great Britain
Sapporo: Japan fell to a 1-0 defeat against Great Britain in their second Group E tie of the Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football tournament on Saturday.
The win meant Britain have sealed their place in the quarter-finals with two wins while Japan - on one point after their Matchday One draw with Canada - must now defeat Chile to stand a chance of advancing. Canada defeated Chile 2-1 in Group E's other match on Saturday.
Tokyo Olympics - Group F: Wang Shuang stars as China PR salvage draw with Zambia
Miyagi: Wang Shuang's brilliance salvaged China PR a point, with the midfielder scoring four times in a pulsating 4-4 draw with Zambia in Group F of the Tokyo Olympics Women's Football tournament at the Miyagi Stadium on Saturday.
China PR squandered a 3-1 lead to settle for a share of the points to just keep their hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals alive with their final match against the Netherlands on Tuesday to decide their fate. The Dutch drew 3-3 with Brazil on Saturday.
China PR and Zambia went into the tie desperate to bounce back from opening day defeats to Brazil and Netherlands respectively with head coach Jia Xiuquan making just one change to the Steel Roses side that lost 5-0 against the South Americans.
Tokyo Olympics - Group G: Australia denied as Sweden fight back for win
Saitama: Australia’s Tokyo Olympics women’s football medal hopes remain in the balance after they fell to a 4-2 defeat against in-form Sweden at Saitama Stadium on Saturday.
Sam Kerr scored twice to have the Matildas 2-1 up just after half-time but the Chelsea star missed a penalty kick as Sweden came roaring home to make it two wins from two in the competition.
With three points in the bank from their earlier win over New Zealand, Australia remain well-placed to advance to the quarter-finals, but their campaign may come under threat should they suffer another defeat against the United States - who defeated New Zealand 6-1 on Saturday - in their final group match on Tuesday.