Tokyo 2020: All The Results From The Opening Round Of Olympic Football

Here’s a round-up of everything that’s happened on the pitch at the Olympic Games so far
08:58, 23 Jul 2021

The first round of football fixtures for the Tokyo Olympics have been completed, with an excellent result for Team GB’s women’s side as well as some shocking results in both the men’s and women’s games. 

Here’s a round-up of everything that’s happened on the pitch so far.

Men’s

Everton’s Richarlison got Brazil off to a flying start as they look to retain their gold medal as the attacker scored a first-half hat-trick in a 4-2 victory over Germany.

In a repeat of the gold medal match in Rio five years ago, the reigning champions entered a commanding lead, even with Matheus Cunha having a penalty saved. Richarlison followed up with the rebound, before heading in his second and curling one in within the opening 30 minutes. Germany were able to regroup in the second-half and pulled two goals back through Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache, but forward Paulinho fired in Brazil’s fourth late on to secure the victory.

In the other match of Group D, Ivory Coast defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 with AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on the scoresheet.

Elsewhere, Spain were left frustrated as they were held to a goalless draw with Egypt after some resolute defending from former West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi. Dani Ceballos hit the post in Spain’s best chance of the game, but he then went off injured with an ankle injury.

France’s Olympic campaign carried on from where their Euros one left off, suffering a devastating 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Mexico, while home nation Japan defeated South Africa 1-0, with Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo scoring the winning strike.

New Zealand made history with their first ever victory in men’s football at the Games as Burnley forward Chris Wood scored the momentous goal, beating South Korea. They were joined by Romania at the top of Group B as they defeated Honduras 1-0.

Elsewhere, Copa America champions Argentina faced an early setback as they were defeated 2-0 by Australia in Group C.

Women’s 

Hege Riise’s Team GB got off to a great start after their nine-year hiatus from the Olympics as they comfortably beat Chile 2-0 thanks to a brace from Ellen White, while world player of the year Lucy Bronze also put in a strong performance.

Hosts Japan had to settle for a draw in their opening game against Canada. Like the men, Brazil women also achieved a brilliant opening victory as they thrashed China 5-0.

The soon-to-be England women’s boss Sarina Wiegman got off to a perfect start in her farewell tournament with the Netherlands as her side annihilated Zambia 10-3. Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema scored a hat-trick and Barcelona’s Lieke Martens also picked up a brace.

The World Cup champions USA were stumped as they were well-beaten 3-0 by Sweden, and Australia recorded a 2-1 victory over neighbours New Zealand.

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