Tokyo Olympics: Al Shehri calls on Saudi Arabia to repeat history to bounce back
Yokohama: History shows Saudi Arabia can still turn their 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games men's football campaign around following their 2-1 opening match defeat against Côte d'Ivoire on Thursday, according to head coach Saad Al Shehri.
Two individual mistakes by the Saudis were punished instantly despite Salem Al Dawsari’s curler late in the first half cancelling out Abdulelah Al Amri’s own goal. AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie took advantage of a lapse of concentration to score the winner midway through the second half to consign The Green Falcons to a losing start.
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: 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: 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.
AFC match officials appointed for FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will be represented by four match officials at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 from August 19 to 29.
The experienced Suhaimi Mat Hassan from Malaysia will be among the mix when he makes his fifth appearance in the showpiece.
He will be joined by Oman’s Turki Abdullah Said Al Salehi, who officiated in the 2019 AFC Beach Soccer Championship Final in Thailand. This will be his second appearance in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup since 2015.