On Friday 6 August, the bronze medal match of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020) men's football tournament took place at Saitama Stadium 2002, where the U-24 Japan National Team squared off against the U-24 Mexico National Team.
With both teams entering the match with two days rest following the semi-finals, the match presented a tough challenge for the players, both physically and mentally, but the Mexican players showcased great aggression from the early minutes to take the initiative of the match.
The two sides showed stark contrast in the way they entered the match, as coach MORIYASU Hajime later reflected, “Mexico entered the match with great momentum,” while KUBO Takefusa (Real Madrid) mentioned, “We entered the match poorly.” Despite the efforts made by Japan to find their rhythm, a PK was given to Mexico in the 11th minute, when ENDO Wataru (VfB Stuttgart) fouled Alexis VEGA inside the box. .....
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