Tokyo Olympics: Moriyasu shifts Japan's focus to Spain after New Zealand nail-biter
Ibaraki: Head coach Hajime Moriyasu was left breathing a huge sigh of relief as he turned his focus to Tuesday’s Tokyo Olympics Men's Football semi-final against Spain after Japan emerged from a penalty shoot-out to see off New Zealand at Kashima Stadium.
Captain Maya Yoshida hit the decisive penalty to earn Japan a 4-2 shoot-out win over the OlyWhites after the two nations had shared a goalless 120 minutes in their quarter-final on Saturday.
Tokyo Olympics: Australia's gold medal dream ended by Sweden
Yokohama: Australia’s bid for a maiden Olympic women’s football gold medal came to an end with a 1-0 semi-final defeat to Sweden at Yokohama International Stadium on Monday.
Appearing in the final four at a global tournament for the first time, Tony Gustavsson’s side were undone by Fridolina Rolfo’s goal in the first minute of the second half, with Sweden to face Canada - who defeated the United States 1-0 in the other semi-final - in Friday’s gold medal match in Tokyo.
The Matildas’ defeat means their attention now turns to the battle for bronze, but they’ll need to defeat defending world champions the United States on Thursday if they are to become the first Australian team to win an Olympic medal.
Tokyo Olympics: Kubo looking forward to facing familiar foes as Japan get set for Spain
Saitama: Takefusa Kubo has reason to relish Japan’s Tokyo Olympic's Men's Football semi-final against Spain more than most as Hajime Moriyasu readies his team for a shot at a place on the podium at Saitama Stadium on Tuesday.
The tournament hosts are looking to win their first Olympic medal in the men’s football tournament since claiming bronze in Mexico City in 1968, with the nation standing between the Japanese and a place in Saturday’s final the one that has largely shaped Kubo’s career.
Tokyo Olympics: Defeat hard to accept, admits Kim after Korea Republic's elimination by Mexico
Yokohama: Kim Hak-bum could not hide his disappointment after Korea Republic were blown away by an on-song Mexico as a 6-3 loss at the Yokohama International Stadium on Saturday saw them exit the Tokyo Olympics Men's Football tournament at the quarter-finals.
The East Asians began the match as the top scorers in the competition but it was 2012 gold medalists Mexico who broke the deadlock in the 12th minute through Henry Martin before Lee Dong-gyeong levelled in stunning fashion eight minutes later.
But the Ulsan Hyundai man's equaliser did not swing the momentum the Koreans' way as a lovely strike from Luis Romo and a Sebastian Cordova penalty had the Mexicans 3-1 up at the interval.
East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Shenzhen claim famous win over Guangzhou FC in Guangdong derby
Kuala Lumpur: Guangzhou FC legend Gao Lin came back to haunt his former club by netting the winner to secure Shenzhen FC a famous 2-1 win in the Guangdong derby on Friday
In Korea Republic, Ulsan Hyundai dropped more points while victory for Gamba Osaka in Japan helped them rise towards the mid-table positions in the J1 League as their position suddenly looks much safer.
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