Olympic 2020 men’s football: Richarlison inspires Brazil, Spain held by Egypt, Wood makes history for NZ

Everton striker Richarlison scored a first-half hat-trick. Depends on this Brazil’s men began their Olympic campaign with a 4-2 victory over Germany.
It was a repeat match of the 2016 Olympic gold-medal final match. There also, the defending champions raced into a commanding lead despite Matheus Cunha having a penalty saved.

Everton allow Richarlison to play in Olympics with Brazil

Richarlison scored on the rebound inside seven minutes. After that, he gave the lead home a second and curling in his third inside 30 minutes.
Germany put up more of a fight after the break as goals from Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache made it 3-2. That time only made a nervous finish for Brazil.

But Bayer Leverkusen striker, Paulinho, finished brilliantly in injury time to make it 4-2. Also, it put the game beyond the Germans.
Also in Group D, AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie scored in Ivory Coast’s 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia.

Pedri was unable to inspire Spain against Egypt

Earlier, Spain was held to a goalless draw by Egypt in the opening game of the men’s competition despite the inclusion of Euro 2020 young player of the tournament Pedri.
A frustrating result for Spain. It was compounded by an ankle injury to Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos. Also, they struggled to break Egypt down.

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Ceballos had produced Spain’s best effort when he hit the post in the first half.
Former West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi played a key role in keeping Spain out.
Along with Pedri, there were several members of Spain’s Euro 2020 squad on display. Also, there was Mikel Oyarzabal, Dani Olmo, Pau Torres, and Eric Garcia all in the starting line-up.

Spain was knocked out of the Euros by champions Italy on penalties in the semi-final.

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France thrashed and Chris Wood makes history

France’s Olympic tournament got off to a disastrous start as they were thrashed 4-1 by Mexico.
The best chance of a tight first half fell to Diego Lainez but his shot was cleared off the line.
Pierre-Andre Gignac pulled one back for France from the penalty spot. Despite this, the two late goals for Mexico from Uriel Antuna and Eduardo Aguirre sealed the win.


New Zealand made history with their first-ever win in men’s football at the Olympics. They achieved a 1-0 victory over South Korea.
The goal came from Burnley striker Chris Wood. He tapped in from close range. Former West Ham defender Winston Reid played a critical role in keeping their clean sheet.

Romania joined New Zealand at the top of Group B thanks to an own goal by Elvin Oliva that gifted them a 1-0 win over Honduras.

Hosts Japan get off to a strong start


Japan’s home Olympic tournament got off to a great start with a 1-0 win over South Africa.
Real Madrid attacker Takefusa Kubo scored the only goal of the game in the second half.

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