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.
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: 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 – 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: 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: 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.