Tokyo Olympics: Takakura optimistic as Japan get set for Sweden
Rifu: Head coach Asako Takakura praised Japan's resilience in their 1-0 win over Chile on Tuesday, a result which ultimately was enough for the hosts to advance to the Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football tournament quarter-finals.
While Japan were in firm control of the match - registering 21 shots on target - it took substitute Mina Tanaka’s 77th minute strike to ensure them the three points in the Group E tie as the Nadeshiko advanced to the knockout stage as one of two best third-placed teams, along with Australia from Group G.
Tokyo Olympics - Group A: Japan power past France to roar into knockout stage
Yokohama: Takefusa Kubo was on target yet again as Japan thrashed France 4-0 in Yokohama on Wednesday to confirm themselves as Group A winners of the Tokyo Olympics Men's Football and set up a quarter-final meeting with New Zealand in Kashima on Saturday.
Kubo scored for the third game in a row to put Japan in front before Hiroki Sakai doubled the hosts’ advantage seven minutes later while substitute Koji Miyoshi added a third and Daizen Maeda a late fourth as Hajime Moriyasu’s side completed their Group A commitments with a perfect record.
Tokyo Olympics - Group B: Korea Republic defeat Honduras to advance in style
Yokohama: A Hwang Ui-jo hat-trick helped Korea Republic book their place in the Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football tournament quarter-finals after a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Honduras at the Yokohama International Stadium on Wednesday ensured they finished as Group B winners.
Hwang and Won Du-jae each scored from the spot inside 20 minutes before Honduran defender Carlos Melendez was sent off six minutes before half-time. Striker Hwang struck a second late in the first half and then completed his hat-trick from the spot shortly after the restart.
Kim Jin-ya and Lee Kang-in added further goals to complete the rout as Korea emphatically gained revenge for their elimination to Honduras in the 2016 quarter-finals to march on to Saturday’s knockout rounds.
Tokyo Olympics - Group C: Egypt end Australia's campaign
Rifu: Australia’s bid for a place in the Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football quarter-finals ended in group stage elimination after a 2-0 defeat against Egypt at Miyagi Stadium on Wednesday.
Goals from Ahmed Yasser Rayyan and Amar Hamdy denied the Olyroos the point they needed, with Graham Arnold’s side squandering the opportunity to advance having beaten Argentina 2-0 in the opening match.
Egypt’s win was underpinned by a stellar second-half performance from goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, who made a number of fine saves to send his side to the last eight.
Tokyo Olympics: Gustavsson hails Australia's adaptability after US draw sends them to last eight
Kashima: It wasn’t quite the dashing Australia many have come to expect, but head coach Tony Gustavsson walked away pleased after they qualified for the Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football knockout stage with a 0-0 draw against the United States on Tuesday.
In a match featuring sides that had gone toe-to-toe in a 5-3 shootout in their previous clash in 2019, there were few chances and a lower intensity than expected, with the draw ultimately helping both sides reach the quarter-finals.