Olympic Games in Tokyo: Brazil’s Richarlison scores hat trick in the first half against Germany
Everton striker Richarlison scored a hat trick in the first half as Brazil’s men started their Olympic season with a 4-2 win over Germany.
In a repetition of the 2016 Olympic gold medal match, the defending champion raced into a sovereign lead despite a penalty from Matheus Cunha.
Richarlison scored a goal on rebound within seven minutes before driving home a second and rolling in his third within 30 minutes.
After the break, Germany fought back with goals from Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache to make it 3-2 and thus ensured a nervous conclusion for Brazil.
But Bayer Leverkusen’s striker Paulinho ended the 4-2 in stoppage time and put the game beyond the Germans.
Also in Group D, midfielder Franck Kessie from AC Milan scored in Ivory Coast 2-1 win against Saudi Arabia.
Pedri can’t inspire Spain against Egypt
Previously, Spain had suffered a goalless draw against Egypt in the opening game of the men’s competition, despite the inclusion of the Euro 2020 junior player of the tournament Pedri.
A frustrating result for Spain was compounded by an ankle injury from Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos as they tried to break Egypt.
Ceballos had Spain’s best performance and hit the post in the first half.
Former West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi played a key role in Spain’s defense.
In addition to Pedri, several members of the Spanish European Championship squad could be seen, including Mikel Oyarzabal, Dani Olmo, Pau Torres and Eric Garcia in the starting line-up.
Spain was kicked out of the EM in the semi-finals by champions Italy on penalties.
France beats up and Chris Wood makes history
Olympic Games in Tokyo: Mexico stunned France with 4-1 victory
France’s Olympic tournament got off to a disastrous start when Mexico were beaten 4-1.
Diego Lainez had the best chance of a close first half, but his shot was cleared from the line.
Lainez was the creator of the Mexican opener in the second half that headed home for Alexis Vega. Sebastian Cordova then doubled the lead with a clean finish at the near post.
Pierre-Andre Gignac moved France down from a penalty spot but two late goals for Mexico from Uriel Antuna and Eduardo Aguirre sealed the win.
Elsewhere, New Zealand made history with their first ever win in men’s football at the Olympics – a 1-0 win over South Korea.
The goal came from Burnley striker Chris Wood, who tugged from close range. Former West Ham defender Winston Reid played a key role in defending the goal.
Romania New Zealand topped Group B thanks to an Elvin Oliva own goal that gave them a 1-0 win over Honduras.
Host Japan starts well
Also in France’s group, Japan The Olympic home tournament got off to a good start with a 1-0 win over South Africa.
Real Madrid striker Takefusa Kubo scored the only goal of the game in the second half.
It was a tough opening game of the Olympic season for Argentina in Group C when they lost 2-0 to Australia.
Lachlan Wales opened the gate for Australia with Marco Tillo ending the win in the 80th minute. The Argentine Francisco Ortega was sent off in three minutes in the first half for two yellow cards.