2020 Olympic Men's Football, Group Stage
  • Takefusa Kubo (6')
  • Ritsu Doan (12' PEN)
  • Roberto Alvarado (85')
  • Johan Vásquez (68')

Olympics 2020: Mexico beaten by hosts Japan; qualification now in balance

Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan scored in the opening 11 minutes to lead Japan to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the men's Olympic football tournament on Sunday.

Kubo took advantage of a hesitation from the Mexican defence to net a powerful shot in the sixth minute. Doan then converted from the penalty spot.

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Although Mexico had Yohan Vazquez sent off in the 67th, Roberto Alvarado still gave Mexico brief hope of a comeback by scoring in the 86th from a free kick. Vladimir Lorona had a late header saved.

Japan have a perfect record in Group A after winning both matches at its home Olympics. Mexico are second with three points, ahead of France on goal difference.

South Africa are without a point after losing to France 4-3 in the other group game.