Tokyo Olympics: Brazil, Australia and host Japan win; Argentina stunned

Richalison of Brazil in Tokyo Olympics
Richalison of Brazil in Tokyo Olympics

The first round of Tokyo Olympics men’s football got underway, and there were some exciting actions on matchday 1. Brazil thrashed Germany in Group A fixture as Everton star Richarlison shone with a hat-trick. Meanwhile, the 2008 Olympic gold medal winners Argentina were stunned by Australia. Here is a run-down of the entire results from matchday 1 of the group stage.

Group A

Japan 1-0 South Africa

Hosts, Japan got off to a winning start after defeating South Africa, with Real Madrid prospect Takefusa Kubo scoring the winner in the second half.

Mexico 4-1 France

France suffered a heavy defeat in the hands of the 2012 gold medal winners Mexico, who had complete control of the half from the very beginning. Perhaps, it was a drab performance from the French U-23 side.

Group B

New Zealand 1 – 0 South Korea

Chris Wood’s early strike helped New Zealand get off to a winning start.

Honduras 0 – 1 Romania

Elvin Oliva’s own goal in the added minutes of the first half allowed Romania to pick up a hard-fought win against Honduras.

Group C

Egypt 0 – 0 Spain.

The meeting between Spain and Egypt ended in a stalemate as both failed to find the nets, although the former dominated the possession.

Argentina 0 – 2 Australia

Australia left behind 10-man Argentina with a stunning victory, with Lachlan Wales and Marco Tilio finding the nets. Tilio, 19, played a key role behind Melbourne City winning the A-League title.

Group D

Cote d’ Ivoire 2 – 1 Saudi Arabia

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie inspired Ivory Coast to a 2-1 win against Saudi Arabians after scoring the winner in the second half.

Brazil 4 – 2 Germany

Probably the most entertaining match of the entire day, Brazil emerged victorious against Germany in a six-goal thriller. Everton forward Richarlison rose to the occasion with a stunning hat-trick in the first half. Die Mannschaft showed their fighting spirit by pulling back two in the second half, but Brazilians managed to extinguish the threat.