France’s bid for males’s Olympic soccer glory bought off to a nightmare begin with a 4-1 defeat by Mexico on Thursday, whereas a powerful Spain aspect stuttered to a goalless stalemate with Egypt.
Sylvain Ripoll’s France are searching for a primary Olympic medal since successful gold in 1984, however collapsed within the second half on the Tokyo Stadium.
Mexico took the lead lower than two minutes after the break on the Tokyo Stadium by way of Alexis Vega, earlier than Sebastian Cordova doubled the benefit within the fifty fifth minute.
The 35-year-old captain Andre-Pierre Gignac, whose final sport for the French senior crew was the Euro 2016 closing loss to Portugal, pulled one again from the penalty spot with 21 minutes remaining.
However any ideas of a comeback had been quashed as Uriel Antuna and Eduardo Aguirre netted late on for 2012 champions Mexico.
France now face a tricky job to get out of Group A with a top-two end, forward of video games in opposition to Covid-hit South Africa on Sunday and hosts Japan on July 28.
Spain additionally struggled in Sapporo, as a crew that includes six gamers who reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals dominated possession however created few possibilities in opposition to Egypt.
The closest they got here to a purpose was when Actual Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, who just lately spent two seasons on mortgage at Arsenal, crashed a first-half shot in opposition to the submit.
Spain, winners on residence soil in 1992, subsequent tackle Australia in three days’ time earlier than their closing Group C match with Argentina.
New Zealand made a profitable begin in Group B as Burnley striker Chris Wooden, one of many three over-age gamers within the squad, secured a 1-0 victory over South Korea in Kashima together with his 72nd-minute winner.
Reigning champions Brazil get their marketing campaign underway afterward Thursday in opposition to Germany.