🥇 Germany, Spain, France and Argentina all win at Tokyo 2020

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Dan Burke

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We had a healthy serving of football from Tokyo 2020 on Sunday.

Here’s what went down …


10-man Germany hold off Saudi Arabia to get first points on the board

Saudi Arabia U23 2
Germany U23 3
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Scorers: Al-Najei 30′, 50′; Amiri 12′, Ache 43′, Uduokhai 75′

Stefan Kuntz’s Germany bounced back from defeat to Brazil in their first match with a win over Saudi Arabia.

Die Mannschaft took an early lead when Nadiem Amiri swept home Cedric Teuchert’s cross at the back post.

Saudi Arabia then equalised through Sami Al-Najei, only for Ragnar Ache to put Germany back in front two minutes before half time.

Into the second half and Saudi Arabia equalised again, with Al-Najei bagging his second goal of the game.

Germany were then reduced to 10 men when Amos Pieper was sent off for a last man foul in the 67th minute.

But they went back in front 15 minutes from time when Felix Uduokhai headed in from Max Kruse’s corner, and 3-2 was how it finished.


Japan leapfrog Mexico at top of Group A

Japan U23 2
Mexico U23 1
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Scorers: Kubo 6′, Doan (P) 12′; Alvarado 85′

After hammering France in their first match, Mexico were brought crashing back to earth by hosts Japan.

Mexico fell behind early when Takefusa Kubo arrived late into the box to score his second goal of the tournament.

And it was soon 2-0 courtesy of a Ritsu Doan penalty.

Johan Vásquez was then sent off in the 68th minute before Roberto Alvarado pulled one back for 10-man El Tri five minutes from time.

But 2-1 was how it finished.


Oyarzabal header gives Spain victory over Australia

Australia U23 0
Spain U23 1
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Scorers: Oyarzabal 81′

Spain moved top of Group C with a narrow victory over Australia.

It took until the 81st minute for La Roja to finally break the deadlock, when Mikel Oyarzabal headed low into the bottom corner.

Spain face Argentina in the group decider on Wednesday.


Medina goal enough for Argentina to overcome Egypt

Egypt U23 0
Argentina U23 1
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Scorers: Medina 52′

Elsewhere in Group C, Argentina bounced back from a 2-0 defeat to Australia in their first match with a narrow victory over Egypt.

It took until seven minutes into the second half for the deadlock to be broken, with Facundo Medina slotting in for Argentina after his own header had hit the post.


Gignac nets hat-trick as France win dramatic seven-goal thriller

France U23 4
South Africa U23 3
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Scorers: Gignac 57′, 78′, 86′ (P), Savanier 90+2′; Kodisang 53′, Makgopa 73′, Mokoena 82′

France got their first win at Tokyo 2020 after coming back three times and scoring a late winner against South Africa in Group A.

After a goalless first half, Kobamelo Kodisang gave South Africa the lead early in the second period.

But their lead lasted just a few minutes before Andre Pierre Gignac bagged his second goal of the Games to equalise.

However, South Africa then re-took the lead when Evidence Makgopa finished after a super Kodisang assist.

Only for Gignac to equalise again for France five minutes later.

The sides were level again for just four minutes, before Teboho Mokoena put South Africa 3-2 up with a stunning strike.

The drama wasn’t done there though, as France were awarded a late penalty. Gignac stepped up and completed his hat-trick from the spot to make it 3-3.

And then in stoppage time, Téji Savanier popped up to net an incredible late winner for Les Bleus and break South African hearts.


Bad tempered Brazil and Ivory Coast clash ends in stalemate

Brazil U23 0
Côte d'Ivoire U23 0
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Neither Brazil nor Ivory Coast were able to take control of Group D as they could only manage a goalless draw.

Brazil were reduced to 10 men after just 14 minutes, when Douglas Luiz was sent off for tripping Youssouf Dao.

Later in the game, Ivory Coast also went a man down when Eboue Kouassi was shown a second yellow card.


Other results …

New Zealand U23 2
Honduras U23 3
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Romania U23 0
Korea Republic U23 4
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Join us again on Tuesday when the women’s football returns at the Games.