Tokyo Olympics - Group A: Kubo strike takes Japan past South Africa
Tokyo: Takefusa Kubo’s individual brilliance earned Japan a 1-0 win over South Africa in their opening Group A match of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Men's Football Tournament at Tokyo Stadium on Thursday.
The Real Madrid forward struck 19 minutes from time to secure victory for Hajime Moriyasu and his team against a South Africa side that offered little threat but who could have stolen a point late in the game.
Kubo’s curling effort went in off the inside of Ronwen Williams’ right post in the 71st minute to give Japan the lead but Luther Singh should have levelled the scores six minutes later with his side’s first effort on target, only to find the hands of goalkeeper Kosei Tani.
Tokyo Olympics: Yoshida wants Japan to be fearless in attack
Tokyo: Japan’s Olympic captain Maya Yoshida has called on his team to take a more positive approach from the start of their upcoming encounters at the 2020 Tokyo Games after leading his side to a narrow win over South Africa on Thursday.
Takefusa Kubo’s strike was the difference between the nations as Japan made a winning start to their campaign in Group A of the Men's Football tournament at Tokyo Stadium, but Sampdoria defender Yoshida was unhappy with the way Hajime Moriyasu’s team performed in the opening exchanges.
Tokyo Olympics: “We’re here for a medal,” says Arnold after Australia's stunning win over Argentina
Sapporo: Graham Arnold declared his Australia side medal contenders after they stunned two-time champions Argentina to win 2-0 at Sapporo Dome in their opening Tokyo Olympics match on Thursday.
Arnold had vowed ahead of the tournament that his players would shock the world in the extremely difficult Group C, and it took just 14 minutes for Western United forward Lachlan Wales to put them on the road to a momentous win with the opening goal following a Joel King cross.
The Olyroos’ cause was aided further when Argentine defender Francisco Ortega was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence just before half-time, and the points were made safe by a thumping strike from substitute Marco Tilio, who scored in his first involvement of the match with 10 minutes remaining.
Tokyo Olympics: Kim rues Korea Republic's opening-day display
Kashima: Korea Republic head coach Kim Hak-bum has admitted his team did not perform to the level he expects after the Taeguk Warriors slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against New Zealand in their Tokyo Olympics Men's Football opener on Thursday.
The 2012 bronze medalists went into the Group B fixture as strong favourites against a side that had never won a match in their two previous appearances at the Games.
But the dominant East Asians found no way past a stubborn Olywhites backline and Chris Wood made them pay when he slotted home the winner 20 minutes from time.
Tokyo Olympics: Gustavsson hails captain Kerr after Australia win
Tokyo: Australia women’s national team boss Tony Gustavsson has praised his side’s captain and star striker Sam Kerr after she starred in a 2-1 victory over New Zealand in their opening Tokyo Olympics match on Wednesday.
After scoring four goals and earning no wins in their five friendly matches under Gustavsson, the Matildas flicked the switch in time for their first competitive outing since qualifying for the tournament in March 2020.
Tokyo Olympics: Japan's Iwabuchi aims to go one better against Great Britain
Sapporo: Japan displayed incredible fighting spirit to salvage a 1-1 draw with Canada in their opening Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Group E tie on Wednesday and Mana Iwabuchi is confident the hosts will build on their performance in their remaining matches.
Japan fell behind to a sixth minute Christine Sinclair goal but Iwabuchi displayed her awesome talent when she collected a long-range pass, squeezed past two Canadian defenders before flicking the ball over substitute ‘keeper Kailen Sheridan to salvage a draw in the 84th minute.
Tokyo Olympics: China PR’s Jia vows improvements after Brazil defeat
Miyagi: Head coach Jia Xiuquan, in accepting responsibility for China PR’s 5-0 defeat to Brazil in Group F of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Women's football tournament on Wednesday, has promised his side will show improvement in their next match.
China PR, fielding a largely inexperienced lineup, fell behind by two goals going into the break and were unable to stop Brazil from scoring three more in the second half at the Miyagi Stadium.