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(CNN) Mexico beat France 4-1 on Wednesday as the men's football tournament kicked off at Tokyo 2020. After a stalemate in the first half, goals from Alexis Vega, Sebastian Cordova, Uriel Antuna, and Eduardo Aguirre gave the Mexicans the perfect start to their Olympic journey. CNNMexico thrashes France and Spain held as men's football competition kicks off at Tokyo 2020

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Richarlison makes Premier League history at Olympics 2020 as Everton star hits hat-trick for Brazil

Goal.com 22 July, 2021 - 08:00pm

Everton winger Richarlison has made history at Tokyo 2020, with the Brazil international becoming the first Premier League player to hit a hat-trick at the Olympic Games.

The Toffees forward has burst out of the blocks with an impressive treble against Germany.

Richarlison has etched his name into the record books as a result, with the 24-year-old achieving what no other English top-flight star has managed before him.

It took just 30 minutes for Richarlison to achieve his record-setting feat.

He broke the deadlock for Brazil against Germany inside seven minutes, before doubling that lead 22 minutes in. On the half-hour mark, his hat-trick was completed as the South American nation ran riot against European opposition.

1 - Richarlison's hat-trick for Brazil against Germany is the first treble scored by a Premier League player at the Olympic games. Golden. #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/nTD4h8Gjg4

The Everton attacker is a senior international with Brazil, having made his debut for the Selecao back in September 2018.

He boasts an impressive strike rate for his country, with the target found on 10 occasions in 32 appearances.

Richarlison formed part of Brazil's squad at this summer's Copa America, where the defending champions finished as runners-up to Lionel Messi and Argentina.

It was during that tournament that his selection in an Olympic squad was confirmed.  He is now chasing down gold medal glory, with a star-studded side that is fancied to go well getting off to the perfect start.

Quick observations from Germany’s 4-2 Olympic loss vs Brazil

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It was a mixed performance for Germany.

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Richarlison scored a first-half hat trick as defending Olympic champions Brazil kicked off their Tokyo 2020 campaign with a 4-2 win over 10-man Germany at the International Stadium in Yokohama on Thursday.

The Everton striker, who was one of several notable names in the Selecao's squad alongside Dani Alves, Douglas Luiz and Malcom, opened the scoring on seven minutes, scoring from a rebound after his initial shot was saved by Florian Muller.

On 22 minutes, Richarlison doubled Brazil's advantage with a header following Bruno's cross from the left before completing his treble on 30 minutes, again after good work from Bruno, with a curling effort into the far corner of the goal.

Brazil could have made it four just before half-time when Benjamin Henrichs handled in the penalty area, but Matheus Cunha saw his spot-kick saved.

Germany threatened to fight back when Nadiem Amiri's strike from the edge of the box fortuitously beat Santos in the Brazil goal on 57 minutes.

Maximilian Arnold's dismissal six minutes later looked to have effectively ended Germany's hopes of recovering a point but Ragnar Ache's unlikely header in the 84th minute moved them within touching distance until Paulinho added a fourth goal for Brazil in stoppage time, firing into the top corner following a counter-attack as Germany chased an equaliser.

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It was a good day for African nations in the men's Olympic football tournament, as Ivory Coast won, and Egypt earned a shock draw with mighty Spain.

After his match-winning contribution in Japan's 1-0 win over South Africa, Takefusa Kubo looks ready to shine on the Olympic stage.

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Richarlison scored a first-half hat trick as Brazil kicked off their Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign with a 4-2 win over Germany.

Olympics 2021 top men's soccer goal scorers: Updated rankings from the Tokyo Games

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Along with Spain's Marco Asensio  and French veteran Andre-Pierre Gignac, the Brazilian was among  the oddsmakers' pre-tournament favorites to finish as the leading scorer in the competition, but younger talents are sure to emerge as well. Argentine forward Adolfo Gaich and Brazilian Matheus Cunha (both 22) are also pre-tournament candidates to top the charts. But Cunha didn't do himself any favors by watching the goalkeeper save his penalty-kick attempt.

The table below will be updated with the latest goal-scorer rankings after every matchday in the men's football tournament (Note: there have already been two own goals scored on the opening matchday):

The list of top scorers from recent men's Olympic tournaments features some of the most lethal strikers in international soccer history, from Chilean legend Ivan Zamorano to Argentina attacking stars Carlos Tevez and Hernan Crespo. U.S.-born Giuseppe Rossi, who represented Italy, led with four goals in the 2008 edition.

Current Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry led the goal-scoring chart at the last men's Olympic tournament with six tallies in Germany's run to a silver medal. 

Below is the list of leading marksmen at each of the men's Olympic tournaments since 1992, the first edition that featured under-23 players.

Pele hails 'much more than footballer' Marta after Olympics landmark

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian legend Pele hailed Marta as "much more than a footballer" and an "inspiration" after she scored in a fifth Olympic Games on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old scored twice as Brazil opened their Tokyo Olympics campaign with a 5-0 rout of China.

"I hope you're dreaming about what you did a few hours ago. Speaking of which, how many dreams do you think you inspired today?" wrote Pele on Instagram.

"Your achievement means much more than a personal record. This moment inspires millions of athletes from so many other sports, from all over the world, who fight for recognition.

"Congratulations on your trajectory. Congratulations, you are much more than a football player. You help build a better world with your talent, in which women gain more space."

Pele won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Like Pele, Marta wears her country's iconic number 10 shirt.

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The Finance Ministry's Student Loans Fund has offered a relief measure to borrowers, extending the debt repayment period to up to 30 years from the current 15 years to ease their burden during the prolonged pandemic, says fund manager Chainarong Kajchapanan.

The Department of Medical Services has rescheduled vaccinations for two at-risk groups at Bang Sue Grand Station after they turned up in droves on Thursday and failed to observe proper social distancing.

Arsenal fans discuss Cunha after Olympics display for Brazil

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Brazil sparkled in their opening Olympics outing on Thursday with a 4-2 win over Germany. A star-studded side that included Dani Alves, Richarlison and Douglas Luiz cruised to a 4-2 win despite a late scare. But Arsenal fans were impressed by another – in the form of Matheus Cunha.

Brazil got off to a flying start. A hat-trick from Everton attacker Richarlison inside 45 minutes got the Brazilians on their way – in what was a re-match of the gold medal final of 2016. It could have been four before half-time, only for Hertha Berlin star Cunha to miss from the penalty spot.

Nadiem Amiri and then Ragnar Ache got goals back from Germany to score the likes of Alves, Richarlison and Diego Carlos. But after Cunha missed another golden chance to put Brazil 4-2 up, substitute striker Paulinho – who plays for Bayer Leverkusen – wrapped things up with a gorgeous goal.

Cunha was guilty of missing numerous chances. But his combination play alongside Richarlison and Antony was stunning. The Brazil number nine created Richarlison’s opener with a gorgeous pass – and then laid on a second assist for Richarlison’s hat-trick. A brilliant display.

Arsenal need additions in the final third. The Gunners have Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette in the final year of their contracts. Both are expected to go this summer. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli are better from out wide and Folarin Balogun is still a rookie.

Cunha is naturally a striker, but can play as a 10 or on either flank as well. Bringing in a player with that attacking versatility is a massive benefit to Arsenal, who have already lost Martin Odegaard – and need to replace Willian. He offers huge quality in a number of different positions.

Not only that, but Cunha is still very young and will have a solid relationship with Gabriel Martinelli – who is also a part of the Olympics side. His form last season was excellent, producing 16 goal involvements during 28 games – despite playing out wide, up front and as a 10.

Arsenal fans have reacted on Twitter to Cunha’s performance – who is being linked with a move to Leeds United at the moment. According to Berliner Kurier, clubs would have to spend £34.5million to get him. Arsenal fans gave their verdicts on his display, and it is clear Cunha has left a lasting impression.

We'd be better of going for Matheus Cunha rather than Abraham.

I'd be pretty up for us getting in on the Cunha convo this summer. Not too pricey, can play basically anywhere from wide to CAM to CF, right age range and joins our Portugese speaking contingent.#afc

What a player Cunha is. I'd take him over the likes of Lacazette/Aubameyang in a heartbeat

Cunha doing Cunha things, Amiri doning Amiri things #BRAGER

Cunha had no right to reach to that ball, yes he missed the penalty but that was really great forward play by the brazilian. Great physical strength #Tokyo2020 #BRAGER

Olympic Football: Five exciting young talents to look out for this summer

The Football Faithful 22 July, 2021 - 08:11am

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Brazil enter the tournament as gold medal holders after securing victory on home soil in 2016, though the South Americans are expected to be pushed hard by the likes of Argentina, France, Germany and Spain – the latter counting six members of their Euro 2020 squad amongst their travelling party to Japan.

Each of the squads are comprised of players u23 with just three overage players permitted and as the action gets underway we’ve profiled some of the best youngsters taking centre stage.

Here are five of the most exciting young talents to look out for at this summer’s Olympics.

The star attraction for the host nation at this summer’s finals, Takefusa Kubo will be the poster-boy behind Japan’s hopes of sealing a medal in Tokyo.

Kubo spent time in the Barcelona academy system as a youngster before signing for Real Madrid two seasons ago, though has since continued his development away from the club with loan spells at La Liga rivals Real Mallorca, Villarreal and Getafe over the past two campaigns.

The winger showed flashes of his huge potential during the first of those temporary stints, scoring four goals and providing four assists despite Mallorca’s relegation, whilst ranking fifth in La Liga for take-ons.

He struggled to make a meaningful impact at either Villarreal or Getafe and heads into the Olympics with a point to prove, outlining his ambitious intention to win the gold medal for Japan and relaunch his career on home soil.

Kubo’s quick feet and ability to beat players will see him stand-out as the hosts go for gold and the ‘Japanese Messi’ will hope to impress new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti with a strong showing.

Manchester United fans have been treated to just brief glimpses of Amad Diallo since the winger’s arrival from Atalanta, the Ivorian making just eight appearances following his winter window arrival from Italy.

Diallo has wasted little time in making an impact at this summer’s Olympic Games with the Ivory Coast, producing an eye-catching assist as the African nation began their campaign with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia.

The 19-year-old picked up possession on the right flank and left three Saudi defenders struggling to get a foot in, before picking out Franck Kessie with a pass inside as the AC Milan midfielder fired home a winner.

The fleet-footed youngsters possesses an exciting ability to commit defenders and Red Devils supporters will hope to see more of a player with huge potential following his Olympic involvement.

Diego Lainez is another player who will hope to use the Olympics as a springboard following an indifferent spell in Spanish football, though the Mexican winger has the potential to be one of the stars of this summer’s tournament.

Lainez was signed by Real Betis as a teenager and his progress has been far from straightforward, though he showcased what he’s capable of during Mexico’s opening 4-1 thrashing of France.

The 21-year-old was bright and inventive as Mexico secured a comprehensive victory over the French – who saw bright prospect and Manchester United-target Eduardo Camavinga refused permission to join up with the squad in Tokyo by Rennes.

The winger provided the assist for Alexis Vega’s opener, twisting and turning down the Mexican right before delivering a perfect cross into the penalty area.

Lainez has been capped on 14 occasions by the senior Mexico side and forms part of a side with plenty of international experience, as the Central American nation bid to repeat their feat of London 2012 in securing gold this summer.

Brazil boast one of the most talented sides in the tournament and will be bidding for back-to-back gold medals, having beaten Germany on penalties in the final of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The South Americans will be without talisman Neymar at this summer’s games, though have an exciting collection of forwards to choose from including Everton’s Richarlison, Malcom and Matheus Cunha.

Cunha arrives into the tournament following his most productive Bundesliga season to date, starring for Hertha Berlin to finish as the club’s joint-leading league scorer with seven goals.

Comfortable in a variety of roles across the frontline, the 22-year-old has featured predominantly from the left for his club side and fired Brazil’s qualification for the Olympics, netting five times during the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament.

Despite a modest goal record at club level, Cunha has been prolific for Brazil’s u23 side in recent years, netting 18 goals in just 19 appearances – becoming the all-time joint-leading scorer for the u23 side alongside Ronaldinho.

Cunha will hope that record-breaking goal comes during this summer’s finals, despite missing a penalty in Brazil’s opening fixture against Germany.

Argentina have a long and storied history of producing excellent number 10s, with the current incumbent of the shirt at senior level arguably the finest footballer the game has seen.

Thiago Almada will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi by securing Olympic gold for Argentina, with the 20-year-old set to be tasked with providing the creative spark in the South American nation’s side.

Almada is technically gifted and glides past challenges, providing the perfect weight on passes as he looks to cut through defensive lines.

The youngster has been linked with a move to Europe from Vélez Sarsfield for some time and a strong showing at the Olympics could prompt a big club into gambling on his promise.

Almada’s low centre of gravity, balance and vision have marked him out as a potential star and he will hope Argentina can bounce back following a shock defeat to Australia in their opening fixture.

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