From Copa America to Olympics, Richarlison nets 3 for Brazil
Just 11 days after losing the Copa America final to Argentina in Rio de Janeiro and now 10 time zones away with Brazil’s under-23s team, Richarlison scored a hat trick inside the opening half hour against Germany on Thursday.
It helped Brazil open the men's soccer tournament with a 4-2 victory.
It needed the players to create as much atmosphere as possible with only artificial crowd noise in Yokohama as the pandemic shut spectators out of this 70,000-plus capacity stadium.
Richarlison didn't wait long to celebrate again — heading past Müller in the 22nd and curling in a third in the 30th.
It was a cushion that ensured Brazil withstood Germany's attempt at a comeback in the second half when Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache reduced the deficit to 3-2. There would be no equalizer with Paulinho's goal deep inside stoppage time completing Brazil's victory.
GROUP C Two-time Olympic champion Argentina was stunned 2-0 by Australia. In its first Olympic game since 2008, Australia took the lead through Lachlan Wales’ tap-in the 14th minute at the Sapporo Dome.
At least the men’s soccer team opened with a win — a day before the opening ceremony of the pandemic-impacted games.
In the other Group A game, Mexico beat France 4-1 with four second-half goals. Alexis Vega headed in Mexico’s opener in the 46th minute and Sebastian Cordova doubled the lead with a volley in the 55th.
France striker André-Pierre Gignac, who plays in Mexico’s top division with Tigres, pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 69th. Uriel Antuna and Eduardo Aguirre extended Mexico’s definitive lead in the final 10 minutes.
GROUP B Chris Wood’s goal gave New Zealand a 1-0 victory over South Korea at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium where a few hundred fans were permitted because it is just outside Tokyo and not in the same state of emergency as the capital.
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