FOOTBALL: Mexico thrash France 4-1 in Tokyo Olympics opener

South American giants Mexico beat a relatively depleted France side to win their first Olympic group game 4-1 on Thursday. French Ligue 1 stars like Mbappe, Camavinga, Aouar, and Gouri were not given permission to attend the tournament by their club sides.

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Alexis Vega and Francisco Cordova gave Mexico a 2-0 lead in the second half before Andre-Pierre Gignac converted a penalty to give France some hope.

Unfortunately for the Europeans, Uriel Antuna got the third goal in the final 10 minutes before Eduardo Aguirre scored in added time to wrap up the game for Jaime Lozano’s side.

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Mexico took advantage of their opponent’s lack of star power and took the lead on 47 minutes when Diego Lainez floated a ball into the box and Vega headed it into the net. The lead was doubled on 54 minutes by Cordova who hit a low shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

A clumsy foul by César Montes on Randal Kolo Muani in the box drew a penalty for France which Gignac confidently dispatched past Guillermo Ochoa. Vega assisted Lozano on 80 minutes as he struck a shot into the bottom left of the goal.

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Aguirre’s goal on 91 minutes was the most impressive of the day. He dinked around the France defence to power a shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net.

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