After an eventful second matchday in the women’s tournament, the men are back in action on Sunday with its second round of group-stage matches.
The highlights of the eight-match slate include Brazil vs. Ivory Coast and host Japan facing Mexico, the most impressive team from the opening day.
Big names like Germany, Spain, France and Argentina, which all failed to win their first match, will feel the pressure to get all three points in their second outing.
Sun., July 25 (Men – Group Matchday 2)
MORE: Men’s soccer schedule | Updated standings | Top scorers
|Match||Time (ET)||TV channels||Stream|
|Group C: Egypt 0, Argentina 1|
|Group A: France 4, South Africa 3|
|Group B: New Zealand 2, Honduras 3|
|Group D: Brazil 0, Ivory Coast 0|
|Group C: Australia vs. Spain||6:30 am||NBCSN, Universo||fuboTV|
|Group B: Romania vs. South Korea||7 am||N/A|
|Group A: Japan vs. Mexico||7 am||Telemundo, NBCSN (at 8:30 am)||fuboTV|
|Group D: Saudi Arabia vs. Germany||7:30 am||N/A|
There were some wild comebacks in the second matchday of the men’s group stage, as some of the favorites got back to winning ways:
France wins a thriller: South Africa led on three separate occasions, including with nine minutes left, but an Andre-Pierre Gignac hat trick and a stoppage time goal from Teji Savanier gave the French a dramatic win. South Africa also missed a first-half penalty.
Two reds in Brazil-Ivory Coast: Red cards to Douglas Luiz (Brazil) and Eboue Kouassi (Ivory Coast) did not give rise to many scoring chances in a tight, hard-fought scoreless draw that will suit both nations heading into the final day.
Honduras comeback: New Zealand gifted Honduras two goals in the final 12 minutes and saw its promising 2-1 lead turn into a 3-2 loss. Kiwi goalkeeper Michael Woud will wish he could have that game back given his role in both goals.
Argentina’s scrappy win: Egypt deserved to come away with something from this game, but a Facundo Medina goal early in the second half was enough to give Argentina all three points.
Sat., July 24 (Women – Group Matchday 2)
MORE: Women’s soccer schedule and updated standings
|Group E: Chile 1, Canada 2||Highilghts|
|Group F: China 4, Zambia 4||Highlights|
|Group G: Sweden 4, Australia 2||Highlights|
|Group E: Japan 0, Great Britain 1||Highlights|
|Group F: Netherlands 3, Brazil 3||Highlights|
|Group G: New Zealand 1, USA 6||Highlights|
There were plenty of storylines to emerge from the second matchday in the women’s group stage. Sweden and Great Britain remain perfect so far, while Brazil and the Netherlands continue to look like the medal favorites they are. The Canadians and Americans tasted their first victory, while Zambia is proving to be one of the most entertaining sides at the event.
USWNT respond: After the 3-0 loss to Sweden, the Americans took it out on New Zealand, winning 6-1 and moving to 2nd place in Group G.
Canada eek out a win: The Canadians held on to beat Chile 2-1 with Janine Beckie getting both goals. Chile hit the crossbar on a potential equalizer.
Heavyweights put on a show: There were some exquisite goals in the 3-3 tie between Brazil and the Netherlands, as the Dutch needed to come from behind to equalize late.
Another shutout victory for Team GB: Ellen White has scored all three of Great Britain’s goals, including the latest winner against Japan. The host team now needs a win against Chile in the group finale to stay alive.
Thriller between Zambia-China: Shuang Wang scored all four goals for China, including an 83rd-minute penalty-kick equalizer in a 4-4 draw that didn’t help either team’s cause. Babra Banda struck for another hat trick to lead the tournament in goals with six.
Can anyone stop Sweden?: After beating the USWNT 3-0 in convincing fashion, the Swedes knocked off Australia 4-2, although the match was tighter than the final score indicates. The Matildas at one point were up 2-1.
How to watch Olympic soccer in USA & Canada
- TV channels (USA): NBCSN, USA Network, Olympic Channel
- Spanish-language TV (USA): Telemundo, Universo
- Streams (USA): fuboTV, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports app, Telemundo Deportes app, TelemundoDeportes.com
- TV channels (Canada): CBC, TSN, Sportsnet
- Spanish-language TV (Canada): Telelatino
- Streams (Canada): CBC Gem, CBC.ca, CBC Olympics app
USA: TV coverage of select matches from both the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments will be carried by five channels from the NBC family of networks, in English and Spanish. Every soccer match from both events will be streamed on NBCOlympics.com (English), TelemundoDeportes.com (Spanish), the NBC Sports app and Telemundo Deportes app with user authentication (verification of cable/satellite subscription).
The NBC and Telemundo families of TV networks are also available on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) : NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC, Olympic Channel, Golf Channel, Telemundo and Universo.
Canada: Coverage of the Olympics in Canada will be offered by CBC and its partners TSN and Sportsnet via a multitude of platforms. Olympic events will be streamed for free via the CBC Gem streaming service, CBC’s dedicated Tokyo 2020 website , and the CBC Olympics app. Specifically for soccer, Telelatino (TLN) will carry men’s and women’s football coverage and daily recaps.
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