Tokyo Olympics - Group B: Korea Republic suffer early blow against New Zealand
Kashima: Korea Republic got off to a losing start to their Tokyo Olympics Men's Football campaign on Thursday after suffering a 1-0 defeat to New Zealand in Group B at Kashima Soccer Stadium.
The East Asians dominated proceedings but were unable to make their chances count and were made to pay with 20 minutes to play when Chris Wood scored against the run of play with what proved to be the only goal of the game.
Kim Hak-bum’s side now need a response in their next match against Romania on Sunday while New Zealand will look to build on a first-ever victory at the Games when they take on Honduras on the same day. Romania edged Honduras 1-0 on Thursday.
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 - Group C: Australia beat Argentina for stunning start
Sapporo: Australia provided one of the early shocks of the Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Tournament, defeating ten-man Argentina 2-0 at Sapporo Dome on Thursday.
An early goal from Lachlan Wales gave the Olyroos a dream start before substitute Marco Tilio scored in his first involvement of the match 10 minutes from time to give Australia their first win in the tournament since 2004.
The result, coupled with Spain’s goalless draw with Egypt earlier on Thursday, means Graham Arnold’s men top the standings after Matchday One.
Tokyo Olympics - Group D: Saudi Arabia denied by Côte d’Ivoire
Yokohama: A spirited performance on their return to the Olympics for the first time since 1996 was not enough for Saudi Arabia to avoid a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Côte d’Ivoire in Group D of the Tokyo 2020 men's Football Tournament at the Yokohama Stadium on Thursday.
Coach Saad Al Shehri’s men started brightly, applying a high press game on their opponents, repeatedly winning the ball in the Ivorian half, but without creating much in terms of scoring chances in the opening 30 minutes.
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: 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: 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.