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Tokyo 2020 men’s football: Kessie inspires Ivory Coast, Spain held by Egypt, Japan edge South Africa

Tokyo 2020 men’s football: Kessie inspires Ivory Coast, Spain held by Egypt, Japan edge South Africa

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Franck Kessie scored the winner as Ivory Coast beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in their opening match at the men’s Olympic football tournament.

Ivory Coast, who were making their first Olympic appearance since 2008, went ahead in the first half after an own-goal by defender Abdulelah Alamri, but Saudi Arabia rebounded when Salem Aldawsari scored five minutes later.

The AC Milan midfielder scored with his foot shot after a pass from Manchester United winger Amad Diallo

In the other group D game, Everton striker Richarlison scored a first-half hat-trick as Brazil’s men started their Olympic campaign with a 4-2 victory over Germany.

In a repeat of the 2016 Olympic gold-medal match, the defending champions raced into a commanding lead despite Matheus Cunha having a penalty saved.

Richarlison scored on the rebound inside seven minutes, before heading home a second and curling in his third inside 30 minutes.

Germany put up more of a fight after the break as goals from Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache made it 3-2, making it a nervous finish for Brazil.

But Bayer Leverkusen striker Paulinho finished brilliantly in injury time to make it 4-2 and put the game beyond the Germans.

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