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: Jia demands more from China PR after Zambia stalemate
Miyagi: Jia Xiuquan wants China PR to be sharper in attack following their 4-4 draw with Zambia in Group F of the Tokyo Olympics Women's Football tournament at the Miyagi Stadium on Saturday.
Wang Shuang scored all four goals for the Steel Roses with the result leaving China PR third in the standings with one point, ahead of Zambia on goal difference going into the final match against the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Tokyo Olympics: Australia's Gustavsson full of pride despite loss to Sweden
Tokyo: They squandered an opportunity to go to the top of their Tokyo Olympics group, but Tony Gustavsson declared himself proud of his Australia side after their 4-2 loss to his native Sweden on Saturday.
Leading 2-1 early in the second half thanks to a Sam Kerr brace, the Matildas couldn't hold off a clinical Swedish side, with Fridolina Rolfo scoring twice alongside goals from Lina Hurtig and substitute Stina Blackstenius.
The match could potentially have ended differently if Kerr had converted a penalty kick with the score at 3-2 in the 70th minute, but Hedvig Lindahl’s save denied the Australian captain a hat-trick, and ultimately sent them to third place in the group with one game remaining.
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 – 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.