Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Mexico beat France 4-1 on matchday one | Olympic Games

The Mexican soccer team began its journey at the Tokyo Olympics with a resounding 4-1 victory over
France, in a match in which Diego Lainez, despite not scoring, grabbed all the spotlights with his outstanding performance.

In a match in which both teams seemed more comfortable in recovering the ball than in building the game, the attacker Diego Lainez was in charge of putting the differential touch. In fact, the two best chances for the Mexican team in the first half came thanks to the talent that the Betis player treasures.

At 17 minutes, Lainez, after stealing a ball in three quarters of the field, perfectly assisted Alexis Vega who saw defender Mobido Sagnan take the ball under the posts with French goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni already beaten.

But Diego Lainez not only has clairvoyance in his game, but also has, as he showed two minutes later, the verticality to star in the electric intern with final assistance to a Henry Martín, who could not solve for very little. Occasions to which France was unable to respond, which was barely unable to disturb the goal defended by “Memo” Ochoa during the first forty-five minutes. And when he tried, as in a weak header by the veteran Andre-Pierre Gignac or with a shot by Arnaud Nordin, the goalkeeper, one of the four members of more than 24 years that the Olympic regulations allow, he resolved with ease.

Mexico found two minutes into the second period the just reward for its greatest ambition with Alexis Vega’s header, which established the 1-0 in the 47th minute. Somewhat incomprehensible without the talent of Diego Lainez, who after cutting a rival stopped in the front of the area before gaining enough space with an electric accelerator to assist Vega masterfully.

Goal that started Mexico’s best minutes that two minutes later was able to double its advantage in a new shot by Vega that the French goalkeeper cleared with great difficulty. A Bernadoni who would do nothing to avoid the 2-0, the work of Sebastián Vega, who resolved with quality at 55 minutes a long pass from midfielder Carlos Rodríguez.

Advantage that France never seemed in a position to play, despite cutting the differences (2-1) in the 69th minute with a penalty goal from Gignac, which the Mexican goalkeeper “Memo” Ochoa was about to stop. And, despite the efforts of the French team, the best chances continued to be for the Mexican team, which definitively sentenced the contest with a goal (3-1) in the 80th from Uriel Antuna, who had replaced Lainez a few minutes before.

A clear marker that did not appease the voracity of Mexico that rounded off the win with a goal from Eduardo Aguirre, who established the final 4-1 in the extension time.

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