The Olympic football tournament does not wait for the opening ceremony to start. With Brazil against Germany, there was immediately a top poster on the menu. Spain and France also took action. Discover all the results of the first day of the group stage here.
Group A: Mexico outclass France
In group A, Mexico provided a small surprise at the Olympic football tournament. France was swept off the mat and had to swallow four goals.
Mexico chose to bring defensive experience to Tokyo. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (ex-Standard) stood between the posts and turned only once. In France, 35-year-old André-Pierre Gignac made the savior from the penalty spot. Final score: 4-1.
Also in Group A, host country Japan beat South Africa by the smallest margin. Takefusa Kubo, the 20-year-old star of Real Madrid, decided the game in the second half.
Gignac knocks Ochoa from the spot and saves the credit for France.
Group B: New Zealand and Romania in the lead
With Romania, New Zealand, Honduras and South Korea, group B is the only group without real top countries. Romania needed an own goal from Oliva to beat Honduras.
Chris Wood – Burnley striker – is the big man at New Zealand. He scored the winning goal against the South Koreans in the 70th minute. Romania and New Zealand lead Group B.
Group C: top favorite Spain does not get past Egypt
On paper, Spain has the strongest team and the team is seen as the top favorite for an Olympic title. With stars such as Pedri, Ceballos, Asensio and Oyarzabal, the Spaniards have a huge amount of footballing ability in their ranks.
The team showed that footballing ability against Egypt. In the first half, Ceballos hit the post. Spain also created a few chances after the break, but failed to score. 0-0 and a division of points were the logical consequence. Watch a brief summary in the video below.
The young Argentinians have opened their Olympic tournament with a defeat against Australia. After a second yellow card, Argentinian Ortega was allowed to take a shower, Wales and Tilio recorded the 0-2 final score for Australia.
Group D: Brazil shines and shivers against Germany
Richarlison couldn’t break any pots at the last Copa America. The Everton striker wanted to make his mark at the Olympics. And how. After half an hour, the Brazilian scored his third goal against the ropes.
Just before the halftime signal, Cunha missed the chance for 4-0. Germany took courage after the break and once again created tension in the game. Amiri and Ache put the 3-2 score on the board. Brazil shivered in the final minutes, until Paulinho kicked the redeeming 4-2 past goalkeeper Muller.
The other group D match between Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia finished 2-1. Ivory Coast – with Manchester United defender Eric Bailly in the squad – swallowed a red card in the final phase, but held on to the lead and took 3 points.
The second day of the Olympic football tournament is scheduled for Sunday 25 July. Brazil-Ivory Coast and Australia-Spain are posters to look forward to.