Mexico beat France, 4-1, at the Olympics – .

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Mexico beat France, 4-1, at the Olympics – .


“It will be a special game for me because my sons are Mexican, so I’m excited about it,” he told reporters this week. In the end, it was something he would probably like to quickly forget; his side can still progress with better performances against South Africa and host Japan in their next two group matches.

Mexico’s crush of France, a country known for its strong youth teams, wasn’t the only surprise on Thursday: Australia beat Argentina, 2-0, in Sapporo, and the Spain, who had called up a handful of players from the senior squad that qualified for the European Championship semi-finals just two weeks ago were held tied by a defensive-minded Egypt.

In Yokohama, Brazil, the reigning men’s Olympic champion outscored an outsized Germany, 4-2, at the same stadium where he beat the same opponent to secure his fifth and most recent World Cup title in 2002. Unlike this sensual. on the night of two decades ago, the match was played in front of empty stands and without any competitive tension.

Richarlison, one of Brazil’s three majors, was the star of the match. The Everton striker scored the team’s first three goals in 30 minutes as Germany, playing with a largely little-known roster of players, collapsed in the face of the early attack. Only a penalty from goalkeeper Florian Mueller kept him from facing a four-goal deficit before half-time.

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