🥇 France, Germany and Argentina dumped OUT of the Olympics

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Dan Burke

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The group stage of the men’s football concluded at Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday.

Here’s what happened …

Group A

France dumped out by hosts Japan

France U23 0
Japan U23 4
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Scorers: Kubo 27′, Sakai 34′, Miyoshi 70′, Maeda 90+1′

France are out of the Games after a humbling defeat at the hands of Japan.

Goals from Takefusa Kubo, Hiroki Sakai, Koji Miyoshi and Daizen Maeda did the damage, while Les Bleus finished with 10 men after Randal Kolo Muani was sent off in the 74th minute.

Kubo’s goal means he becomes the first player ever to score in three different matches at the Olympics.

Mexico beat South Africa in bad tempered affair

South Africa U23 0
Mexico U23 3
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Scorers: Vega 18′, Romo 45′, Martín 60′

Joining Japan in the last eight are Mexico, who beat South Africa in a match where both teams went down to 10 men.

Alexis Vega, Luis Romo and Henry Martín scored the goals, while Repo Malepe was sent off for South Africa before Mexico’s Carlos Rodríguez was also given his marching orders in the second half.

Group B

New Zealand through after Romania stalemate

Romania U23 0
New Zealand U23 0
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A goalless draw was enough for New Zealand to finish second in Group B.

Romania finished third on goal difference.

Korea hit Honduras for six

Korea Republic U23 6
Honduras U23 0
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Scorers: Ui-Jo (P) 12′, 45+5′, (P) 52′ Du-Jae (P) 19′, Jin-Ya 64′, In Lee 82′

Korea Republic finished top of Group B thanks to a 6-0 hammering of Honduras.

Three of the goals were penalties, while Honduras went down to 10 men in the first half when Carlos Meléndez was sent off.

Group C

Argentina out after draw with Spain

Spain U23 1
Argentina U23 1
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Scorers: Merino 66′; Belmonte 87′

There will be no repeat of Argentina’s gold medals in 2004 and 2008 after they exited the Games despite a draw with Spain.

Mikel Merino put La Roja ahead in the second half, only for Tomás Belmonte to equalise late on.

But the draw means Argentina finished third on goal difference, while Spain topped the group.

Egypt through with win over Australia

Egypt U23 0
Spain U23 0
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Scorers: Yasser Rayan 44′, Hamdi 85′

Joining Spain in the quarter-finals are Egypt, who finished second in Group C with a victory over Australia.

Goals from Ahmed Yasser Rayan and Ammar Hamdi sealed the deal.

Group D

Richarlison bags brace as Brazil beat Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia U23 1
Brazil U23 3
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Scorers: Cunha 14′, Richarlison 76′, 90+3′; Al Amri 27′

Brazil finished top of Group D with a victory over Saudi Arabia.

Matheus Cunha gave Brazil an early lead only for Abdulelah Al Amri to cancel it out with an equaliser in the first half.

But two goals from Richarlison late in the game saw Brazil into the quarter-finals.

Germany go home after draw with Ivory Coast

Germany U23 1
Côte d'Ivoire U23 1
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Scorers: Löwen 73′; Henrichs OG 67′

Germany are out of the Olympics after they could only manage a draw with Ivory Coast.

An own goal from Benjamin Henrichs broke the deadlock deep into the second half, before Eduard Löwen equalised.

But Die Mannschaft finished third in the group, while Ivory Coast are into the quarter-finals.