Mexico cruises previous France in males’s Olympic soccer tourney opener

Alexis Vega scored the primary of 4 second-half objectives for Mexico in a 4-1 victory over France on Thursday within the males’s Olympic soccer match.

Mexico, which received gold on the 2012 Olympics, had the higher probabilities within the first half however the sport was scoreless on the break. Vega scored first within the forty seventh minute and Sebastian Cordova added a second within the fifty fifth.

Andre-Pierre Gignac, who performs for Mexican membership Tigres, scored from the penalty spot within the seventieth minute to slender the hole for France, which received the Olympic title in 1984. But Uriel Atuna put Mexico forward 3-1 within the eightieth and Eduardo Aguirre added a aim in stoppage time for El Tri.

While the Olympics is for under-23 squads, coaches are capable of title three gamers born after 1997. So groups in Tokyo are dotted with stars, together with Florian Thauvin, who received the 2018 World Cup with France and in addition performs for Tigres.

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Mexico’s group featured goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, a 36-year-old veteran of 4 World Cups, and Club America teammate Henry Martin at ahead.

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Kessie offers Ivory Coast a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia

Franck Kessie scored the go-ahead aim within the 66th minute and Ivory Coast beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in its opening match.

Ivory Coast was making its first Olympic look because the 2008 Beijing Games, when the group superior to the knockout stage. Saudi Arabia hasn’t been to an Olympics in soccer since 1996.

Ivory Coast went forward 1-0 late within the first half after an own-goal from defender Abdulelah Alamri, however Saudi Arabia rebounded when Salem Aldawsari scored within the forty fourth minute.

Kessie, who performs for AC Milan, scored off a move from Manchester United ahead Amad Diallo.

The two groups are in a troublesome group on the Olympics with Brazil, the gold medallists from the 2016 Games, and Germany, the silver medallists who misplaced to the Brazilians on penalties on the Maracana Stadium.

Ivory Coast’s Franck Kessie is challenged by Saudi Arabia’s Ali Alhassan in males’s Group A motion on Thursday. (Kiichiro Sato/The Associated Press)

Spain held to 0-0 by Egypt

Starting with six gamers who rushed from the European Championship to the Olympics, Spain was held to a 0-0 draw by Egypt on Thursday.

Spain’s finest likelihood to attain on the Sapporo Dome got here when Dani Ceballos hit the submit. The 24-year-old Real Madrid midfielder, who bought injured on the finish of the primary half and needed to be taken out, is likely one of the group’s three overage gamers.

The gamers within the beginning lineup who had been additionally a part of Spain’s run to the Euro 2020 semifinals two weeks in the past had been goalkeeper Unai Simon, defenders Eric Garcia and Pau Torres, midfielder Pedro, and forwards Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal.

Egypt picked gamers from home golf equipment besides Saudi-based Ahmed Hegazi, the group’s captain. Liverpool wouldn’t launch striker Mohamed Salah for the Olympics with the Premier League season beginning in three weeks.

Spain’s Carlos Soler, left, and Egypt’s Ramadan Sobhi vie for the ball throughout their opening match on Thursday. (SIlvia Izquierdo/The Associated Press)

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