Tokyo 2020 Football: Asensio, Ceballos, Pedri In Action As Egypt Hold Spain; Australia Shock Argentina 


A star-studded Spain side were held to a 0-0 draw by Egypt in the opening game of the men’s football event in Group C.

On parade for Spain were the likes of former Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos, Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio and Barcelona’s Pedri who was voted Euro 2020 Best Young Player.

Along with Pedri, there were several members of Spain’s Euro 2020 squad on display, with Mikel Oyarzabal, Dani Olmo, Pau Torres and Eric Garcia all in the starting line-up.

A frustrating result for Spain was compounded by an ankle injury to Ceballos as they struggled to break Egypt down.

Ceballos had Spain’s best effort, hitting the post in the first half.
In the group’s other game, Australia shocked Argentina 2-0 who had a player sent off.

A goal in each half from Lachlan Wales in the 14th minute and Marco Tilio on 80 minutes, sealed the win for the Aussies.

The win takes Australia to top of the group with Egypt and Spain in second and third respectively while Argentina are bottom.

In Group D, Everton striker Richarlison scored a first-half hat-trick as Brazil beat Germany 4-2.

In a repeat of the 2016 Olympic gold-medal match, the defending champions raced into a commanding lead despite Matheus Cunha having a penalty saved.

Richarlison scored on the rebound inside seven minutes, before heading home a second and curling in his third inside 30 minutes.

Germany put up more of a fight after the break as goals from Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache made it 3-2, making it a nervous finish for Brazil.

But Bayer Leverkusen striker Paulinho finished brilliantly in injury time to make it 4-2 and put the game beyond the Germans.

And in another shock result, Mexico thrashed France 4-1 in their Group A opener.

In other results, Africa’s other representative Cote d’Ivoire defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 while South Africa lost 1-0 to Japan.

New Zealand pipped South Korea 1-0 and Romania edged Honduras 1-0.

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