Saitama, Japan. – Takefusa Kubo and Retsu Duan scored two goals before the end of the first quarter and Japan cut the smoke to Mexico with a 2-1 win in men’s soccer at the Olympic Games on Sunday.
The Trey waned with a landslide 4-1 victory over France on the first date of the tournament. But the process in Saitama quickly became complicated.
Kubo took advantage of the Mexican defense’s hesitation to overtake the hosts in the sixth minute. Duane converted a penalty in the 12th minute.
Roberto Alvarado reduced Mexico in the 86th minute by converting a free kick from the right wing.
Mexico ended the match with 10 men because Johan Vazquez was sent off in 67.
Japan was top of Group A by six points. Mexico is second with three points, the same harvest as France, but with a worse goal difference. South Africa is at the bottom without units.
To qualify for the next round, Mexico will have to beat South Africa in their last match of the first stage and hope France will either draw or lose with the hosts.
The team led by Jaime Lozano was immediately unclear and got into a hole from which he could no longer get out, although he tried in the first half with shots from Henry Martin and Sebastian Cordova that veered.
The Japanese took the lead almost immediately when Eric Aguirre lost a ball and Kubo received a late pass into the penalty area to turn it into a powerful shot.
Soon after, defender Cesar Montes converted his second penalty of the tournament and Duane beat Guillermo Ochoa’s shot to make it 2-0 in the first half.
When the match ended, “Biogo” Alvarado made a right wing foul that hit the area and took the Japanese goalkeeper by surprise.
Mexico came close to a tie in the rivalries with a header from Vladimir Lauronia that goalkeeper Kosi Tani was denied.
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