Saitama: Japan endured Olympic Games heartbreak for the second time in three tournaments on Friday as Hajime Moriyasu’s side missed out on a medal at Tokyo 2020 with a 3-1 loss to Mexico in the bronze medal playoff at the Saitama Stadium.
The tournament hosts had been looking to claim the country’s first men’s football medal since winning bronze in 1968, but slipped to a defeat that means their run without claiming a place on the Olympic podium will continue for at least another three years.
Japan previously missed out on a bronze medal in 2012 when Takashi Sekizuka’s team were beaten by Korea Republic at the London Olympics and they were to taste similar disappointment on home soil as Moriyasu’s side were second-best for much of the game.
Tokyo Olympics: Japan's Moriyasu looks forward after heartbreak against Mexico
Saitama: Hajime Moriyasu sought to strike a positive tone as he looked to the future after seeing his Japan side miss out on a medal at the Olympic Games Men's Football following their 3-1 loss to Mexico on Friday.
Kaoru Mitoma scored with 12 minutes remaining to give Japan hope late in the game, but earlier goals via Sebastian Cordova’s penalty and headers from Johan Vasquez and Alexis Vega ensured the Mexicans had a big enough advantage to claim the bronze medal.
The loss means Japan’s wait for a second Olympic medal in the men’s tournament will extend for least another three years as Moriyasu sought to lead the country to a place on the podium for the first time since 1968.
Tokyo Olympics: “Don’t forget this feeling,” says Gustavsson after bronze eludes Australia
Ibaraki: Australian women’s national team head coach Tony Gustavsson has called on his side to bottle the feeling of disappointment which came after Thursday’s defeat to the United States in the Tokyo Olympics bronze medal match.
Chasing the nation’s first ever Olympic football medal, the Matildas’ sharp attacking performance was undermined by a series of defensive errors in a match that ultimately finished in a 4-3 win for the world champions.
Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd scored twice each to put the Americans 4-1 up just after half time, but goals from Caitlin Foord and Emily Gielnik brought Australia back into the contest after Sam Kerr had become the team’s all-time record goal scorer earlier in the match.
Tokyo Olympics: Canada defeat Sweden on penalties to clinch women's gold
Yokohama: Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe saved two spot-kicks in a nail-biting shootout as Canada defeated Sweden 3-2 on penalties to clinch the Tokyo Olympics Women's Football gold for the first time on Friday.
Stina Blackstenius scored her team-best fifth goal of the tournament to give Sweden the lead, but Jessie Fleming's penalty in the second half sent the match to extra time and it finished 1-1 after 120 minutes.
2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage – 5 of the Best: Team Goals
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' spotlight on 2021 AFC Champions League group stage action this week highlights goals that are far more about the collective than the individual.
Having already reviewed some sensational strikes in the form of long-range rockets and set-piece specials we turn to moves that were perfected on the training ground before being played out on the continental stage. After reviewing the five teams goals, vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article.
Hašek confident of Lebanon's FIFA World Cup chances
Beirut: Head coach Ivan Hašek believes Lebanon have what it takes to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Finals.
Speaking at a press conference at the Lebanese Football Association headquarters, Hašek said coaching Lebanon is a new challenge for him but is confident - based on what he has seen - that Lebanon can qualify for their maiden FIFA World Cup Finals.