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On Sunday, the Egyptian national football team suffered its first loss in the Olympic Games in Tokyo against Argentina, 0-1, in the second round of Group C, while Saudi Arabia bid farewell to the competition with a 3-2 loss against Germany in the fourth.
At the Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido, about 1,200 km north of the capital, Tokyo, the Argentine team managed to win the match in the 52nd minute, with a goal through Facundo Medina.
The Egyptian team was counting on its opening result, which is considered good to some extent when it tied with Spain in the first round, with a goalless score.
But the Argentine’s attempt to compensate for his first disappointment by falling to Australia with two clean goals, had the strongest momentum.
The Pharaohs gave a lackluster performance in both halves of the match without any offensive success, and paid the price for a defensive lapse that gave the Argentines the winning goal.
For its part, Spain won an important victory over Australia with a clean goal scored by Mikel Oyarsabal (81), to lead the group with four points, in front of Australia (3), Argentina (3), and Egypt (1).
– Saudi Arabia bid farewell to Germany –
In the fourth group, the Saudi national team exited the competition by losing to the German team 2-3 at the “Nissan” stadium in Yokohama, after losing the opening 1-2 to Ivory Coast.
He scored for Al-Akhdar Sami Al-Naji (30 and 50), and for the German national team, Nadim Amiri (11), Ragnar Ache (43) and Felix Odokhai (75).
With this result, the Saudi national team was eliminated from the competition to be bottom of the standings without points in two matches, while the “Manschaft” scored the first three points and advanced to third place behind Brazil and Ivory Coast.
The German team started the first half attacking. From a coordinated attack, he managed to open the scoring when Nadim Amiri received a cross that the defense failed to remove to put it strong in the goal (11).
The Saudis equalized when Salem Al-Dosari hit a powerful ball, which was blocked by the goalkeeper and returned to find Al-Najei, who tackled it powerfully inside the goal (30).
As a result of poor defensive coverage, the German team returned to progress when Ragnar hit his brother with a strong ball that was saved by Muhammad Al-Rubaie and returned to him again to put it quietly in the goal (43).
After the start of the second half, only 5 minutes passed, until Al-Akhdar equalized when Saud Abdul Hamid played a cross that Al-Najei turned into a strong net (50).
The German team completed the match with ten players, after the South African referee issued a red card to defender Amos Bieber (67).
Despite the numerical shortage, Germany scored a third goal when the unmarked Felix Odokhai received a corner ball with a header to the left of Al-Rubaie (75).
– Two red cards in Brazil match –
In the same group, the defending champion Brazil was satisfied with a draw with Ivory Coast after its inaugural victory over Germany 4-2.
Seleção was close to sealing the qualification ticket in Yokohama, but Ivory Coast, who beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in an opener, looked stubborn.
Worse yet, for Brazil, Aston Villa’s English midfielder Douglas Luiz was sent off in the 13th minute after he fouled Youssef Dau heading towards the goal. The two teams were tied with red cards, after Ivory Coast was sent off Eboue Kouassi in the 79th minute.
The Ivory Coast relied on former Barcelona winger Malcolm to miss a dangerous opportunity in front of their goal at the end of the match.
– French compensation –
For its part, France compensated for its 4-1 loss to Mexico, and narrowly beat South Africa 4-3 in the second round of Group A.
France owes its victory to André-Pierre Gignac’s hat-trick (57, 78, and 86 from a penalty kick), and the killer time goal from Tigi Savagnier (90 + 2), while the hat-trick of South Africa’s Kobamelo Kudisang (53), Evidence McGuba (72) and Tiboho Mokoena ( 81).
“Every goal for South Africa, I felt like we were back on the plane (to the country). We can do well if we play with our heart. We don’t want to go back to France,” said Gignac, who played his last game for the national team in 2016 and is currently playing with Mexico’s Tigres.
With this victory, the “Rooster” team became third with three points, while the South African team came to the bottom of the standings empty-handed, knowing that two players from its ranks were infected with the Corona virus before the start of the tournament. He later plays for Japan and Mexico.
The Japanese national team advanced in the quarter-finals by defeating Mexico 2-1.
Japan’s goals were scored by Takefusa Kubo (6) and Ritsu Duan (12 from a penalty kick), while Roberto Alvardo scored Mexico’s only goal (85).
In the second group, New Zealand missed the opportunity to qualify by losing to Honduras 2-3 in Kashima, after advancing twice, while South Korea beat Romania by four clean.
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