Tokyo 2020: Teji Samvanier leads France to remarkable last-minute victory - Men's Olympic football round-up

Men's Olympic football round-up

France was saved from Teji Savanier's death by a hat-trick by Andre Pierre Gignac at 35.

Brazil held to a draw with Ivory Coast after Douglas Luiz received an early red card. Argentina managed to edge past Egypt. Japan beat Mexico and Germany won. Teji Savier was the match-winner, and France made a remarkable comeback beating South Africa 4-3 at the Olympic football group stage. After a goalless half, South Africa went ahead in the 53rd with Kobamelo Kodisang’s goal. Andre Pierre Gignac (35) scored the equalizer with his fourth goal of this match, just four minutes after the break. South Africa went back in front after Evidence Makgopa's goal, but Gignac made it even with 12 minutes to go. Teboho Mokoena scored South Africa's third goal of the 81st. Gignac then converted from the penalty spot at the 86th. This set the scene for Montpellier's midfielder Savanier’s late strike. South Africa lost to Japan, hosts of the tournament, 1-0 on Thursday to open Group A. France was defeated 4-1 by Mexico in their opener. Takefusakubo, RitsuDoan scored in 11 minutes to lead japan a 2-1 victory over Mexico. Mexico had Yohan Valdez sent off in Mexico in the 65th, but Roberto Alvarado still gave Mexico hope with his goal in the 86th minute. Japan held firm to its perfect record and advanced to the knockout stages. Playing with 10 guys for the majority of this gameBrazilTheIvory CoastTo a 0-0 draw within Group D. Olympic champions were in an early disadvantage when Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) was sent off in the 13th minutes. In the other game of Group D, Felix Uduokhai was centreback and scored a late header as Germany defeated Saudi Arabia 3-2. It took place in a Group-D thriller in Yokohama. Each team combined for 32 attempts on goal. Germany twice lost the lead. A player was sent off by Germany before Uduokhai won late to secure his side's first win in Japan. Victory means that the Germans have now three points from Group D. That's one less than Brazil and Ivory Coast. Saudi Arabia is the worst group member, having lost one point. Also, HondurasTheir first win of this tournament was Rigoberto Rigas’ 87th-minute winner. This earned them victory. New ZealandLee Kangin, who came off the bench to lead in the second quarter of the game, scored twice in Group A. South Korea a 4-0 victory against 10-manRomaniain the other game. South Korea's victory has left all four groups with three points going into the final round of games.

Facundo Medina, the Lens defender, won the match. Argentina's only goal they scored in their 1-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs was Egyptian Group A.

Steven Gerrard, the manager, said to Rangers TV: "First and foremost we deserved the victory and we have been outstanding over the entire weekend." "Of course, there were two different teams, but it was an excellent game and I have a lot to reflect on in the next week when picking the teams. "We've gained valuable time into players and have shown a level of possession I really like – our speed across the grass and our aggression, moving together as one in our shape. Yesterday we did a lot but missed some magic in the last third of our outcomes. But today we found that magic. "It was two great finishes by the boys, and they will get lots of plaudits. However, for me, the two performances by everyone over the weekend are more satisfying."

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Fernando Batista (Argentine coach) said, "This victory is very important for us, especially in spirit." We knew it was going to be a tough match. Egypt hadn't lost for a long while. Now, we must rest and prepare for Spain's best possible way to delimit the group." FinallySpainMikel Ozabal, the winger for Russia, finally won an Olympic goal after 21 years. It was a hard-fought win of 1-0.

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