Tokyo Olympics 2020: Football

Tokyo Olympics 2020Football Games

Men:

16 national teams were divided into 4 groups and played the group stage. Then 2 teams from each group advanced to the knockout stage. 

In the knockout stage by 8 teams, Japan beat out New Zealand, Spain beat Ivory Coast, Mexico beat South Korea, Brazil beat Egypt respectively, and got through to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals

03/08/2021.
Ibaraki, Japan
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
Attendance: 0
Mexico 0–0 Brazil
Mexico 1–4 Brazil (Penalty Shoot-Out)
Goal:

In the 28th minute, Brazil’s Douglas Luiz collapsed in a contact play and thought that he would get a penalty kick, but the it’s judged no foul after VAR.

In the 45+1st minute, Mexico’s Uriel Antuna had a shot close from the goal, but blocked and went for a corner kick.

In the 45+2nd minute, Mexico’s Henry Martin fired a heading shot from the corner kick, but was slightly off to the far side.

In the 82nd minute, Richarlison had a heading shot from Brazil’s right cross, but bounced off to the goal post.

Scoreless after 90 minutes, and entered extra-time.

Match wasn’t decided even after extra-time, so it went to a penalty shoot-out. Brazil’s first player scored while Mexico’s first was stopped. Mexico’s second player had a shot bounced off the goal post. Brazil scored up to the fourth and won 1–4.

03/08/2021.
Saitama, Japan
Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 0
Japan 0–1 Spain
Goal:
115′ (Spain) Marco Asensio

Spain held the ball and Japan launched counter-attacks.

In the 39th minute Spain struck behind Japan’s defence and made a big chance, Rafa Mir shot with his toe, and the goalkeeper saved.

In the 56th minute, Japan’s captain Yoshida tackled in front of the goal and Mikel Merino collapsed. The referee indicated a penalty kick and presented the yellow card, however, because it was confirmed that he was touching the ball first by VAR, the decisions were canceled.

In the 78th minute, Takefusa Kubo passed the opponent and shot with his left foot, but the goalkeeper saved.

In the 87th minute, Spain had several shots from CK, but Japan blocked. Immediately after that, in the 88th minute, Spain’s Rafa Mir took a shot unmarked, but the goalkeeper escaped to CK.

Spain made a chance in the 90th minute, but the goalkeeper saved because of lack of power to shoot.

No goal was scored in the 4-minute stoppage time, and the match went into extra-time.

In the 102nd minute, Japan’s Nakayama crossed from left, and Maeda headed but it was slightly out of the target.

From the FK of the 111th minute, Japan made a series of attacks and shots, but Spain managed to escape the danger.

In the 115th minute, Marco Asensio, who became free in the penalty area, put it into the far side with his left foot. Spain finally scored the opening goal.

Spain managed to get away as it was and to face Brazil in the final.

It’s confirmed that Japan to play against Mexico for bronze medals.

Bronze medal match

06/08/2021.
Saitama, Japan
Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 0
Japan 1–3 Mexico
Goal:
13′ (Mexico) Francisco Cordova
22′ (Mexico) Johan Vasquez
58′ (Mexico) Ernesto Vega
78′ (Japan) Kaoru Mitoma

Final

07/08/2021.
Kanagawa, Japan
International Stadium Yokohama
Attendance: 0
Brazil 2–1 Spain
Goal:
45+2′ (Brazil) Matheus Cunha
61′ (Spain) Mikel Oyarzabal 
108′ (Brazil) Malcolm

In the 16th minute,  Spain’s Marco Asensio crossed from the right side and Mikel Oyarzabal returned back to Dani Olmo, but Brazil’s Diego Carlos narrowly cleared it.

By the VAR, it was judged that Spain’s goalkeeper Unai Simon fouled, and Brazil’s Richarlison kicked the penalty in the 38th minute, but it went far off the crossbar.

In the 45+2 minute, Brazil’s cross from the left was turned by Dani Alves. Matheus Cunha in front of the goal removed an opponent by trapping the ball, and poked it into the goal. Brazil took the lead just before the end of the first half.

In the 52nd minute, Brazil’s Richarlison, who received the ball behind the Spain’s DF had a shot, but Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon touched the ball, which bounced off the crossbar, and it didn’t go into the goal.

In the 61st minute, Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal jumped into Carlos Soler’s cross from the right side, and volleyed with his left foot. Spain equalised.

In the 85th minute, Spain’s Oscar Gil crossed from the right side and the ball headed for the goal. The Brazil’s goalkeeper didn’t make it back in time, but was saved by the goalpost.

In the 88th minute, Spain’s Bryan Gil hit the crossbar with a middle shot.

Match wasn’t decided in 90 minutes, and it went into extra-time.

In the 108th minute, Brazil took the ball from Spain’s CK and made a counter-attack. Malcolm on the left side received a diagonal ball from Antony Mateus on the right side, and took on 1 player person before scored in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Brazil took the lead.

The match ended as it was. Brazil won the Tokyo Olympics 2020’s Football Men. Spain became runners-up.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Football Women:

16 national teams were divided into 4 groups and played the group stage. Then 2 teams from each group advanced to the knockout stage. 

In the knockout stage by 8 teams, Australia beat out Great Britain, Sweden beat Japan, USA beat Netherlands, Canada beat Brazil respectively, and got through to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals

02/08/2021.
Kanagawa, Japan
International Stadium Yokohama
Attendance: 0
Australia 0–1 Sweden
Goal:
46′ (Sweden) Fridolina Rolfö

02/08/2021.
Ibaraki, Japan
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
Attendance: 0
USA 0–1 Canada
Goal:
74′ (Canada) Jessie Fleming

Bronze medal match

05/08/2021.
Ibaraki, Japan
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
Attendance: 0
Australia 3–4 USA
Goal:
8′ (USA) Megan Rapinoe
17′ (Australia) Sam Kerr
21′ (USA) Megan Rapinoe
45+1′ (USA) Carli Lloyd
51′ (USA) Carli Lloyd
54′ (Australia) Caitlin Foord
90′ (Australia) Emily Gielnik

Final

06/08/2021.
Saitama, Japan
Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 0
Sweden 1–1 Canada
Sweden 2–3 Canada (Penalty Shoot-Out)
Goal:
34′ (Sweden) Stina Blackstenius
67′ (Canada) Jessie Fleming

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