Tokyo Olympics: Saudi Arabia performances show glimpses of bright future despite costly mistakes
Yokohama: For the second time in four days, a spirited performance was not enough for Saudi Arabia to collect any points as they crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics ahead of their final Group D game against Brazil.
Sunday’s 3-2 defeat against Germany carried some of the same hallmarks of the Saudi performance that saw coach Saad Al Shehri’s men come out short in a 2-1 loss to Côte d'Ivoire in their campaign opener, but within the frustration of an eighth Olympic defeat in as many games exist positive indicators for the future.
Tokyo Olympics - Preview: Saudi Arabia chase history against Brazil despite early exit
Saitama: It is back where it all started for Saudi Arabia as they conclude their Tokyo 2020 Men's Football campaign on Wednesday with a repeat of their first-ever Olympics football match against reigning champions Brazil at Saitama Stadium, having already been eliminated from Group D.
Defeats in two closely fought encounters against Côte d'Ivoire and Germany meant the young Green Falcons’ hopes were dashed ahead of the final matchday, but there is still reason for Salem Al Dawsari and company to fight as they dream of a first-ever win in the Olympics for Saudi Arabia.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Korea Republic eye place in quarter-finals as Honduras rematch looms
Yokohama: Korea Republic's destiny is in their own hands as they aim to advance to the Tokyo Olympics Men's Football tournament knockout rounds ahead of their final Group B game against familiar foes Honduras on Wednesday.
Bronze medalists in 2012, Korea have made the quarter-finals in three of the past four editions of the Games and, currently sat top of Group B on goal difference, they need only a point against Honduras at Yokohama International Stadium to secure qualification.
But with all four teams in the group – the others being New Zealand and Romania – sat level on three points following a win and a defeat each, the situation could barely be any closer ahead of the final round of fixtures.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Australia confident of plugging gaps in crucial Egypt clash
Rifu: Coming into the final match of Group C needing only a point against Egypt to advance to the Tokyo Olympics Men's Football tournament knockout stage looks a golden opportunity for Australia but they will have to overcome significant personnel losses to get the result they need.
It is a scenario that any Australian would have gleefully signed up for before the competition began.
Drawn into the tournament’s group of death – re-framed as the “group of dreams” by their upbeat head coach Graham Arnold – the Olyroos stunned Argentina 2-0 in their opening match, then held Spain scoreless for 80 minutes before finally succumbing to a 1-0 defeat.
Tokyo Olympics - Preview: Japan's Moriyasu calls for focus ahead of France showdown
Yokohama: Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu has called on his players to maintain their focus ahead of their crucial clash with France as the Olympic Games hosts eye a place in the knockout rounds of the men’s football tournament on Wednesday.
A draw will be enough for the Japanese to seal top spot in Group A and set up a quarter-final meeting with the runners-up from Group B as the nation looks to secure their first Olympic medal in 53 years.
The Japanese go into the game off the back of consecutive wins over South Africa and Mexico, but Moriyasu is taking nothing for granted against a French side that needs to win to have any hope of advancing.
Tokyo Olympics: Yoshida shifts focus to France as Japan aim to book quarter-final spot in style
Saitama: No sooner had Japan notched up a second successive win at the Tokyo Olympics Men's Football tournament than captain Maya Yoshida was switching his focus to his side’s final Group A game against France in Yokohama on Wednesday.
Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan scored in the first 11 minutes to send Japan on their way to a 2-1 win over Mexico at Saitama Stadium that gives Hajime Moriyasu’s side six points from their first two games having already defeated South Africa.
Tokyo Olympics: Kim Hak-bum hails Korea Republic's impressive response
Tokyo: After a shock defeat in their opener against New Zealand, Korea Republic coach Kim Hak-bum praised his players' response after a comprehensive 4-0 win over Romania on Sunday.
A Lee Kang-in brace, a deflected strike from Lee Dong-gyeong and a Marius Marin own goal at Kashima Soccer Stadium ensured Kim's charges will go into the final round of Group B fixtures needing just a point to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Having lost 1-0 to New Zealand in their Matchday One tie last Thursday, Korea Republic had been up against it ahead of the tie against the Europeans but their win now puts a different spin on the final round's permutations.