Thursday's Tokyo Olympics schedule: Men's soccer kicks off with Brazil-Germany gold rematch, Mexico vs. France


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The Opening Ceremony may be Friday, but the action is already underway in Tokyo. Group play for men's soccer begins Thursday.

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The Tokyo Olympics men's soccer tournament kicks off Thursday with a rematch of the 2016 gold-medal game between Brazil and Germany, and another big game between Mexico and France in the group stage.

The U.S. men failed to qualify for the Olympics, capped by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Honduras in March. It's the third straight Olympics to not feature the U.S. men, who last appeared in Beijing in 2008.

Men's Olympic soccer differs from the women's tournament as the men's teams are only players under the age of 23 – with three overage allowed. The women's tournament features full national teams.

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NBC Sports Network: 24-hour coverage 

USA: 4 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Olympic Channel: 3:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

Live streams are also available – with a cable subscription – on and the NBC Sports app.  

8 p.m.: Softball – U.S. vs. Canada (NBCSN) 

11 p.m.: Softball – Japan vs. Mexico (NBCSN)

2 a.m.: Softball – Italy vs. Australia (NBCSN) 

4 a.m.: Men's soccer group stage: Mexico vs. France (USA)

7:30 a.m.: Men's soccer group stage: Brazil vs. Germany (Olympic Channel) 

11 a.m.: Men's soccer group stage: Mexico vs. France (USA)

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Mexico U23 4-1 France U23 summary: score, goals, highlights, 2020 Tokyo Olympics

AS English 22 July, 2021 - 05:41am

Having won the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, Mexico justified their dark horse status with a convincing win over France in Group A, courtesy of second-half goals from Alexis Vega, Sebastian Cordova, Uriel Antuna and Erick Aguirre.

Scroll down to see how the game unfolded and what the reaction to it was like.

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Tigres’ all-time top scorer, Andre-Pierre Gignac, was very apologetic after knocking home a penalty for France to make it 2-1. After playing in Liga MX for six years there is a lot of feeling there.

Maybe he was therefore happy when El Tri ran out clear winners.

They said it would be worth it and after their four goals they now feel rather smug about that claim.

France face South Africa & Japan next.

Mexico had seven shots on target and converted four. Clinical.

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The forward marked an impressive day with a fine header past Bernardoni in the France goal. 

Mexico get off to a flyer at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a resounding 4-1 win over Les Bleus in their Group A opener.

We're into the final 60 seconds...

Substitute Eduardo Aguirre buries a shot past Bernardoni to make it 4-1. Aguirre gives the France netminder no chance from a tight angle on the right-hand side of the box.

Muani heads straight at Ochoa. It's only a half chance and an easy one for the 36-year-old between the posts.

OFF Vega

ON Alvarado

Michelin shoots well over from distance. Definitely not a 3-star shot.

Mexico get ready to make another change.

It's a super run and goal from the sub. Antuna drives across the box and lets fly off his left foot from the edge of the box. The ball smashes off the post and goes it to all but seal it for Mexico with just under 10 minutes remaining.   

It's nearly 3 for Mexico! Antuna finds himself down the right, shoots across the France goal and it rolls just wide. Still 2-1 to Mexico.

Vasquez heads away a France cross from the right. Les Bleus have their tails up now after Gignac's penalty. 

OFF Lainez & Cordova

ON Esquivel & Antuna

Game on! There are 20 minutes left in Tokyo, plus added time. 

Ochoa dives to his left. Gignac sends his penalty just under the keeper's arm. Ochoa will be disappointed with that one.

Gignac has the ball in his hands. 

Muani is taken down by Montes in the box...

Romo finds himself free 30 yards from goal, takes one look at the France goal and unleashes a long range strike that sails over. A third goal for Mexico would surely put this one to bed. 

France continue to push. This time Le Fée drives a cross into the danger zone from the left wing. Ochoa springs off his line to collect.

The France full-back opens up his body on the right-hand side of the box, before curling an shot just wide of Ochoa's post. A good effort. 2-0

OFF Nordin 

ON  Kolo Muani

OFF Tousart

ON Beka Beka

Gignac finds himself offside.

Mexico's forward finds himself in acres of space on the edge of the box and fires beyond Bernardoni to make it 2-0. A fine strike after a nice through ball over the top of the France defence by Rodriguez. France are all over the place. 2-0

Nordin shoots well wide for France. A poor effort by all accounts. 

A super start to the second half for Mexico. France will have to lift their game now. 

It's that man Lainez down the right again. He turns France inside out before crossing for Vega, who makes no mistake with a thumping header into the net, giving Bernardoni no chance. 

Cordova hits the post after a spectacular bit of play, taking it on his chest before volleying past Bernardoni. It's offside!

The players make their way back onto the pitch for the second half!

The coach of the French Olympic team, Sylvain Ripoll, decided to include André-Pierre Gignac in the 19-player roster that traveled to Tokyo. The Tigres UANL striker is one of the three players above the age of 23 that are allowed to play in the Olympic tournament and he's desperate to win a trophy with the national team after failing to win UEFA Euro 2016.

And the first half comes to a close. A very interesting opening 45 minutes. France have failed to handle Mexico down the right, but it remains goalless at the break. 

There will be two minutes added on at the end of the 45'.

Mexico's defence defend well as France look to break them down. Mexico regain possession and build out from the back. 

France have had great success at international level (two World Cups, two Euros and a couple of Confederations Cups), but they have only been able to win the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. Since then they have been absent without leave and they last qualified in 1996. 

Nordin is fouled by Montes. It's a France free and a warning for Montes.

The ball falls to Cordova on the edge of the box. He sends his effort just wide of Bernardoni's right-hand post. 

France are having their spell of the half now after an impressive opening half an hour from Mexico. Vega had the best chance of the game, but Sagnan cleared off the line. Les Bleus have yet to conjure up any real chances but are beginning to get into it more. 

Nordin hits it well from just inside the box. It's going high into the top right-hand corner. The former Granada keeper gets a big left hand to the strike. The resulting corner is cleared by Mexico. 

Gignac is fed, finally. Savanier picks the 35-year-old out with a fine ball. Gignac has his back to goal, spins on the spot and directs his header low to Ochoa's left. France are now looking to play narrow. 0-0

Mexico have been the better team in the opening 25 minutes. France's game plan hasn't worked thus far, with Gignac looking quite isolated up top. 

Sagnan clears another Diego Lainez cross from the right. Sanchez and the Betis winger have caused France problems down the right since the get-go.

It's the best chance of the game so far. Vega rounds two French defenders before sliding under Bernardoni. Sagnan is on the line to clear and it remains 0-0.

Michelin picks up the first yellow of the game for a late challenge. He can have no complaints about that one.

Sanchez flies forward from right-back to cross for Martin but his effort is blocked by Kalulu. 0-0

It's a poor effort from around 25 yards. Ochoa watches it as it goes wide and out for a goalkick.

Today's venue is the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, where Sweden defeated the USWNT 3-0 yesterday. 

Thauvin picks out Gignac with a cross from the right but the experienced striker is unable to direct his header into the corner. More positive play for France.

It has been a lively start for both sides. Gignac is leading the line for France. Lainez of Real Betis will be looking to showcase his talents for Mexico, who are captained by the experienced goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa. 

France, in all white, are playing from left to right as we watch it.

Mexico are wearing green socks, red shorts, and their famous green shirt.

22 July: Mexico vs France, Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, 5pm local time/4am EDT

22 July: Japan vs South Africa, Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, 8pm local time/7am EDT

25 July: France vs South Africa, Saitama Stadium, Saitama, 5pm local time/4am EDT

25 July: Japan vs Mexico, Saitama Stadium, Saitama, 8pm local time/7am EDT

28 July: France vs Japan, International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, 8:30pm local time/7:30am EDT

28 July: South Africa vs Mexico, Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, 8:30pm local time/7:30am EDT

There are 16 men's teams battling it out for gold at this year's Olympics.

The 16 participating nations have been split into four groups of four, with the top two in each section qualifying for the eight-team knockout stages.

André-Pierre Gignac leads the line and captains France in their Olympics opener.

France have played at the Olympic Games on 12 occasions.

This is because early last year, following the announcement that the Tokyo Olympics had been postponed until 2021, FIFA confirmed that the eligibility cut-off point originally established for the 2020 event would not be changed.

To compete in Japan, non-overage players must have been born on or after 1 January 1997.

The men’s soccer tournament at the Summer Olympics is restricted to under-23s as part of a drive to preserve the FIFA World Cup’s status as the men’s game’s premier international event.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games soccer match between Mexico and France will kick off at the Ajinomoto Stadium, on Thursday 22 July 2021 at 4:00 am EDT and 1:00 am PDT.

France have had great success at international level (two World Cups, two Euros and a couple of Confederations Cups), but they have only been able to win the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. Since then they have been absent without leave and they last qualified in 1996.

France's rising stars haven’t travelled to Japan, as some of them already played at the European Championship and others have been withdrawn by their club sides, meaning that most of Sylvain Ripoll’s squad is full of Ligue 1 players.

All the information you need on how and where to watch Mexico U23 take on France U23 in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games soccer tournament on July 22.

Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of this 2020 Tokyo Olympics Group A  encounter between Mexico U23s and France U23s. Kick-off is at 10:00 CEST / 04:00 ET.

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Mexico thrashes France as men’s soccer tournament opens with surprises.

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Alexis Vega scored on a first-half header and Sebastian Cordova, Uriel Antuna and Erick Aguirre added goals after halftime as Mexico outclassed a French team featuring two stars from Mexico’s Liga MX.

One of them, André-Pierre Gignac, scored on a penalty kick in the 69th minute after Randal Kolo Muani was scythed down in the Mexican box.

Gignac, a 35-year-old striker who has played more than 200 matches since 2015 for the Mexican club Tigres, is playing in the Olympics as one of France’s three overage players. On Thursday, he was a brooding, vocal but poorly supplied presence, chatting with the Mexico players in Spanish, challenging his teammates in French and, at one point, excoriating the Australian referee for a perceived injustice in English.

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

Mexico’s thumping of France, a country known for its strong youth teams, was not Thursday’s only surprise: Spain, which had called in a handful of players from the senior team that advanced to the European Championship semifinals only two few weeks ago, was held to a scoreless tie by a defensive-minded Egypt in Sapporo.

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Aguirre powerfully rifles a shot inside the box to make it 4-1.

Gignac takes the penalty with power and the score is tightened.

"It's not about fear. Of course, we respect all the teams and, undoubtedly, in the history of soccer there are always favorites, some more than others, but it is motivating to face France and hopefully later it can be Brazil, Germany, Spain, who are always favorites," he said.

"I would like to say that the first time I played against Memo was at Marseille and I scored the best goal of my career, we meet again in Mexico and now in Tokyo. It's a special match because of the time I've been in Mexico."

"The reinforcements have helped us a lot to seek to do a great role, and more so because we have teammates who have already shown us how to do it," he sentenced.

preparation, a pandemic in between and a Pre-Olympic, it is time to debut in Tokyo: "We are very happy, grateful, it is a feeling that all of us in the delegation have. We know that we went through complicated times worldwide and that it was a possibility not to be in Japan. Being able to be in the Olympic village is something that doesn't happen very often to Mexican soccer; this has given us extra motivation, we are happy, excited and grateful," he commented.

With regard to being able to take part in the Olympic Games, Thauvin was grateful for the opportunity and mentioned that he will give his all for the national jersey:

"Immense pride to be in the national team after a few years. I can't wait to start this magnificent competition and give my all for our colors. Let's go Le Bleus", he said.

One of them is the player from champion Cruz Azul, Luis Romo, capable of playing both in defense and in midfield; the roster is completed by elements from América such as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and striker Henry Martin.

Mexico U23 vs France U23: times, TV and how to watch online

AS English 21 July, 2021 - 03:02pm

The two favorites to progress from Group A, France and Mexico, will look for their first win in the soccer Olympic tournament on Thursday in Chofu.

Follow Mexico U23 vs France U23 live online: scores, stats and updates, 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

El Tri will look to repeat their success in London 2012, where they won the gold medal after defeating Brazil at Wembley. All but two members of the Central American 22-man roster play in the Mexican league and most of them have previously featured in the senior squad.

During the run-up to this Games, Gerardo Martino’s men have gone unbeaten through three friendly games, beating both Australia and Romania and drawing 1-1 with Saudia Arabia.

Meanwhile, France have had great success at international level (two World Cups, two Euros and a couple of Confederations Cups), but they have only been able to win the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. Since then they have been absent without leave and they last qualified in 1996.

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France's rising stars haven’t travelled to Japan, as some of them already played at the European Championship and others have been withdrawn by their club sides, meaning that most of Sylvain Ripoll’s squad is full of Ligue 1 players.

Ripoll, who led Les Bleus to the semi-finals of the 2019 European Under-21 Championships, which earned Olympic qualification, will try to beat the odds and make it to the final round in his quest for the gold medal.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games soccer match between Mexico and France will kick off at the Ajinomoto Stadium, on Thursday 22 July 2021 at 4:00 am EDT and 1:00 am PDT.

That’s 10:00 am CEST and 9:00 am UK time.

Find out what time Mexico vs France starts if you’re elsewhere in the world.

In the US and UK, the following television channels and online services will be broadcasting Mexico vs France:

US: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo,, USA Network, NBC Sports App, Telemundo.

UK: EuroSport Player UK, BBC Red Button, EuroSport 1 UK, discovery+.

Find out who is showing Mexico vs France elsewhere in the world.

You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage of Mexico vs France right here at AS English. We'll be building up to the game from about an hour ahead of kick-off, before taking you through the action as it unfolds.

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Mexico vs France: TV channel, live stream, team news & preview | 21 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

Mexico and France clash on Thursday as they begin their men's Olympic campaigns in Tokyo.

While France have included veterans such as Andre-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin (who in a fun twist play club football in Liga MX) in a strong squad, Mexico have been required to split their talents between the ongoing Gold Cup and Olympics.

Still, the likes of Diego Lainez and Guillermo Ochoa make El Tri a formidable opponent.

Ahead of the game, Goal has the details of how to watch on TV, stream online, team news and more.

In the United States (US), this year's Olympics soccer games can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (watch with a 7-day free trial).

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

The French were disappointed to learn that the clubs of several top prospects including midfielder Eduardo Camavinga would not allow their players to go to Tokyo.

But they remain among the favourites to make a deep run in the tournament, with Gignac and Thauvin top candidates to lead the way in scoring.

Predicted France starting XI: Bernardoni, Michelin, Sagnan, Kalulu, Caci, Toussart, Savanier, Le Fee, Mbuku, Gignac, Thauvin.

Mexico will be led in the attack by Lainez, who stood out in the Nations League earlier this summer. Henry Martin also participated in that tournament as part of El Tri's front line.

The Olympic roster will have seen their compatriots advance to the knockout round of the Gold Cup and will look to replicate that feat.

Predicted starting XI: Ochoa, Erick Aguirre, Vasquez, Angulo, Sanchez, Antuna, Esquivel, Rodriguez, Romo, Lainez, Martin.

France won gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, while Mexico took home top honours in 2012.

This is France's first appearance at the Olympics since 1996.

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While women’s Olympic soccer is open to all players, the rosters on the men’s side use an unusual hybrid format not seen anywhere else in football. Teams usually have just 18 players per side, but because of the pandemic that number is increased to 22 for this tournament. That’s closer to the usual 23 you’d see in a World Cup or confederation championship.

Also it’s an Under-23 tournament, but each country has three exemptions where they can place any player no matter their age. So 19 of your 22 athletes have to be born after January 1, 1997.

It makes for some unusual rosters as major countries look to find top professional players willing to give up their summer to be a part of the Olympic movement. You’ll also see clubs trying to prevent players from participating, as William Saliba of Arsenal was to join France, but the Gunners pulled him back. Liverpool did the same to Mo Salah. Remember: This isn’t a fully-sanctioned FIFA international event, so club teams can do this.

But you will see 35-year-old goalkeeper Memo Ochoa for Mexico, who was also an Olympian in 2004, and Dani Alves of Barcelona for Brazil. And Manchester United cleared both Amad Diallo and Eric Bailly for the Ivory Coast.

Right now at DraftKings Sportsbook, Spain is the favorite to win the 16-team tournament at +250. Brazil is right behind at +300, with reigning World Cup holders France at +450.

Men’s Group C, No. 5: Egypt vs. Spain

Men’s Group A, No. 2: Mexico vs. France

Men’s Group B, No. 3: New Zealand vs. Republic of Korea

Men’s Group D, No. 8: Côte d’Ivoire vs. Saudi Arabia

Men’s Group C, No. 6: Argentina vs. Australia

Men’s Group A, No. 1: Japan vs. South Africa

Men’s Group B, No. 4: Honduras vs. Romania

Men’s Group D, No. 7: Brazil vs. Germany

Preview: Mexico U23s vs. France U23s - prediction, team

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The two favourites to progress from Group A - which also features Japan and South Africa - the pair have left some big names behind and brought largely home-based squads to Japan.

Following possibly the proudest day in Mexico's long football history at London 2012 - where El Tri were crowned Olympic champions after a dramatic final victory over Brazil at Wembley - they came back down to earth with a bump when exiting the 2016 tournament at the group stage.

However, victory in March's CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship ensured the Central American nation would return to the summertime festival of sport for another attempt this year.

All but two members of Jaime Lozano's squad play their club football domestically, in Liga MX, but his final 22-man squad - announced earlier this month - features a number of players who are regular faces in the senior squad.

One of the Europe-based stars to be selected, Real Betis winger Diego Lainez has already established himself in Gerardo Martino's national team, with three goals in 14 games so far - including one against Panama just a fortnight ago.

Lainez had not been involved in the qualifying campaign and was expected to join Martino's squad for the ongoing Gold Cup, so his inclusion in the Olympics could prove a major bonus for former Queretaro manager Lozano.

During the run-up to this Games, his team have gone unbeaten through three friendly encounters - beating both Australia and Romania, plus drawing 1-1 with fellow finalists Saudia Arabia - to build hope that El Tri can emerge from the group and make it into the latter stages once again.

While France have won six international honours in all - two World Cups, two Euros and a couple of Confederations Cups - success has been much more elusive at the Olympics.

The only gold medal in Les Bleus' illustrious history came in Los Angeles, at the 1984 event, during one of the golden ages of French football. Since, though, they have essentially been absent without leave and they last qualified in 1996.

Amid much talk of even their second-string side being credible contenders for major titles, France's next generation has been largely omitted from the long journey east, as some were on duty at the Euro 2020 finals and others have been summarily withdrawn by their club sides.

Sylvain Ripoll's squad, then, is drawn primarily from Ligue 1's deep reservoir of talent, but veteran striker Andre Gignac and his new teammate at Liga MX club Tigres UNAL, Florian Thauvin, have been called in as over-age players.

In five seasons with Marseille before heading to Mexico this summer, former Newcastle United winger Thauvin registered 67 goals in 180 games for the French giants and, on Thursday, is sure to cause headaches for some of the defenders who will shortly be facing him in league action.

His coach, Ripoll, also led France to the semi-finals of the 2019 European Under-21 Championships, which earned Olympic qualification, but for various reasons has only seen three players from that tournament progress to his Under-23 squad.

Perhaps his experienced additions to a relatively untried side offer the greatest hope of causing a splash at these Games, with both Gignac and Thauvin feeling they have a point to prove in the absence of big-name stars.

Mexico's 114-times capped goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who was in the 2004 Olympics squad and has been to four World Cups, has been included by coach Jaime Lozano, and the 36-year-old is set to start as El Tri's last line of defence on Thursday, though Luis Malagon played each of the three warm-up matches last month.

Diego Lainez and former Manchester City winger Uriel Antuna are poised to take their place on the flanks, with over-age striker Henry Martin expected to beat Eduardo Aguirre to the central striker's role.

Meanwhile, Sylvain Ripoll's plans for his France team were torn up in the weeks preceding this game, as much-admired Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was initially included alongside Arsenal defender William Saliba, but both were ultimately omitted after their respective clubs objected.

Not only have two key members of Les Bleus' central spine been left to watch from home, but Malang Sarr, Amine Gouiri and Maxence Caqueret have also been prevented from representing their country in Japan.

The French defence may have a makeshift look too, as Everton full-back Niels Nkounkou received a late call-up after Jeremy Gelin withdrew due to injury. However, Milan's versatile Pierre Kalulu is available and could forge a centre-back partnership with Modibo Sagnan.

Over-age forwards Florian Thauvin and Andre Gignac are favourites to start up front.

An intriguing clash of cultures is set to kick off Group A, as a particularly callow France side - which it would be generous to call even their third-choice selection - meet a more settled Mexican team.

Expect France's crafty Liga MX pair to cause problems though, and their contribution can help a cobbled together unit salvage a valuable point from a testing first game.

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