Germany's forward Ragnar Ache goes airborne during a match with Brazil in Yokohama. AFP
Gulf Today Report
Tokyo: France campaign at Olympics got off to a faltering start after a 4-1 defeat against Mexico while Richarlison scored a hat-trick as Brazil beat Germany on Thursday.
France, who are seeking first Olympic gold since 1984, stumbled in the second half and had to face a defeat in the opening game.
Alexis Vega gave Mexico lead and Sebastian Cordova doubled it in the 55th minute. Andre-Pierre Gignac pulled one back from the penalty spot for Germany.
But Uriel Antuna and Eduardo Aguirre were on target as Mexico completed the rout. France face a tough task to get out of Group A with games against South Africa and hosts Japan.
Richarlison scored three times inside the first half an hour to heap more misery on Germany. Franck Kessie helped Ivory Coast beat Saudi Arabia 2-1.
Spain struggled continued as the European giants were held by Egypt to 0-0.Spain had a chance to score a goal when Real Madrid Dani Ceballos crashed a first-half shot against the post. Spain next take on Australia before their final match with Argentina.
Australia stunned Argentina 2-0 after Lachlan Wales and Marco Tilio scored a goal each.
New Zealand were off to a winning start striker Chris Wood secured a 1-0 victory over South Korea. It was their first-ever win in Olympic football, having managed just one draw in each of the 2008 and 2012 tournaments.
Brazil won Olympic men’s football gold for the second consecutive tournament as substitute Malcom struck the winner in a 2-1 victory over Spain after extra time on Saturday.
Football legend Pele was taken to a Paris hospital as a precaution on Wednesday after suffering from an "infection" but is "doing well", according to members of his entourage.
Paris Saint-Germain won the French Ligue 1 title for a sixth time in seven seasons on Sunday after second-placed Lille could only draw 0-0 at Toulouse.
Jos Buttler’s record-equaling fourth century in this Indian Premier League lifted Rajasthan Royals to their first final with a thumping seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.
Pacer Asitha Fernando (6/51) down an incisive and decisive spell after lunch on the final day of the second Test to break a crucial partnership and trigger a collapse as Sri Lanka thrashed hosts Bangladesh by 10 wickets to win the two-match series 1-0.
It is Liverpool's third Champions League final in five seasons, after they followed their 3-1 loss to Real in Kyiv by beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid a year later, and they are widely seen as slight favourites at the Stade de France to become kings of Europe for a seventh time.