Everton striker Richarlison scores fifth goal of Tokyo 2020 as Brazil make it to the quarter-finals; Rio 2016 silver medalists Germany knocked out after 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast; France also exit the tournament after 4-0 defeat to hosts Japan; South Korea thrash Honduras 6-0
Defending champions Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic football tournament after a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday helped them top Group D, while 2016 silver medalists Germany were knocked out after a 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast.
Brazil striker Richarlison, who netted a hat-trick against Germany in their opener, headed home to make it 2-1 before tucking away his fifth goal at the Games to seal all three points at the Saitama Stadium.
The South Americans needed only 14 minutes to take the lead as forward Matheus Cunha nodded past goalkeeper Amin Albukhari from Claudinho’s corner, but Saudi Arabia made it 1-1 through defender Abdulelah Alamri’s header from a free-kick.
Brazil, without the firepower of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus from the 2016 Games, scored four against Germany but struggled to fire in a goalless draw against Ivory Coast and their inconsistency was on display again.
Guilherme Arana, Diego Carlos and Antony failed to put away first-half chances and Cunha hit the post after the break, as already-eliminated Saudi Arabia frustrated Brazil before Richarlison’s brace.
Ivory Coast went through to the last eight at the expense of Germany, securing a 1-1 draw at the Miyagi Stadium.
The African side took the lead in the 67th minute when Benjamin Henrichs attempted to make a tackle in the six-yard box and ended up putting the ball into his own net. But substitute Eduard Loewen scored with a free-kick six minutes later.
Germany piled on the pressure in the dying stages, but Ivory Coast held on to finish second in the group.
Japan advanced after delivering the knockout blow to 10-man France with a 4-0 win to stay perfect in Group A. Takefusa Kubo, Hiroki Sakai, Koji Miyoshi and Daizen Maeda all scored for the rampant hosts, while Randal Kolo Muani was sent off for France.
Spain progressed as Group C winners after a 1-1 draw with Argentina, as Mikel Merino’s second-half goal was cancelled out by Tomas Belmonte with three minutes to go.
Egypt joined them after a 2-0 victory over Australia lifted the African side to second in the group above Argentina on goal difference.
South Korea forward Hwang Ui-jo scored a hat-trick as they thrashed Honduras 6-0, while New Zealand went through after their goalless draw with Romania. Mexico also reached the knockout rounds after a 3-0 win against South Africa in Group A.
Polish Olympian auctions medal to pay for a baby’s heart surgery
An Olympic silver medalist from Poland put her medal up for auction to help pay for an 8-month-old baby’s heart surgery, but the winning bidder turned the tables and let her keep it.Javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk won one of her country’s 14 medals in Tokyo, and she was determined to help a stranger in some way, according to her Facebook page.
Andrejczyk, 25, discovered a fundraiser for little Miloszek Malysa, who suffers from a rare heart condition and will need surgery to survive. She decided to auction the medal and donate the money to Miloszek’s family.
Polish convenience store chain Zabka Polska ponied up 125,000 dollars as the winning bid, and then said in a Facebook post that it would let Andrejczyk keep the medal.
The fundraiser for Miloszek on a Polish GoFundMe-type site was more than 90-per-cent complete as of Tuesday night.
Andrejczyk finished fourth in the javelin competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer, but battled back to win silver in Tokyo.
Ghana secure 4x100m relay final spot with National Record
Ghana’s men’s 4x100m relay team booked their spot in the finals of the men’s 4x100m relays with a blistering run in their heat that secured the quartet a new national record in the event.
The quartet of Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Emmanuel Yeboah and Joseph Paul Amoah, finished 5th in a very fast heat with a time of 38.08s.
But despite their 5th place finish, their time was fast enough to secure them a place in Friday’s final.
The Olympic debutants slashed 0.04s off the previous record which stood at 38.12s, set at the 1997 World Championships in Greece by the quartet of Abu Duah, Eric Nkansah, Aziz Zakari and Emmanuel Tuffour.
Safo-Antwi got off the blocks quickly before Azamati’s blistering run on the back straight set up Emmanuel Yeboah for a smooth bend.
When he handed off to Joseph Paul Amoah, Ghana looked in the mix of a very competitive field that included the United States, Canada, China and Italy but the Coppin State University student held on to finish ahead of the Americans who were fast closing in on him.
China won Heat 2; Italy, with the individual 100m champion Marcell Jacobs finished 2nd; and 200m champion Andre De Grasse powered Canada to a 3rd place finish to secure the automatic places.
Germany, who finished 4th, also booked their ticket along with 5th placed Ghana.
The men’s 4x100m final is slated for 13:50GMT on Friday.
Tokyo 2020: Elaine Thompson-Herah completes sprint double after winning 200m final
Elaine Thompson-Herah confirmed her place among the pantheon of sprint greats as she secured an unprecedented women’s 100m-200m double-double with a sensational victory over the longer distance in Tokyo.
The 29-year-old Jamaican surged home in 21.53 seconds, just .19 seconds off Florence Griffith Joyner’s long-standing world record, to back up her individual golds from Rio 2016.
It is the second-fastest time in history.
Trailing in her draft, Namibian teenager Christine Mboma, who was barred from her favoured 400m two weeks before the Games on account of her naturally high testosterone levels, took silver in 21.81.
Gabrielle Thomas, the American champion, took bronze in 21.87.
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