Worst possible start
France began their Olympic games campaign with a crushing defeat, losing 4-1 to a free-flowing Mexico side in Tokyo. After a goalless first half, which the central Americans just edged, Mexico netted two goals in quick succession after halftime.
Alexis Vega opened the scoring with a bullet header after some brilliant work from David Lainez, before Sebastian Cordoba pounced on a French mistake in trying to play out from the back.
France pulled one back from the penalty spot when Randal Kolo Muani was unceremoniously brought down in the Mexico area, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation, as goals from Uriel Antona and Eduardo Aguirre ensured that Mexico took all three points from the group A opener.
Meanwhile, France will be looking to bounce back with results against hosts Japan, and South Africa. These two nations will meet later today.
France’s horrible footballing summer
Olympic disappointment would cap a horrible few months for the National side. Les Bleus crashed out of Euro 2020 at the hands of underdogs Switzerland in the round of 16, despite being favourites ahead of the tournament.
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) June 28, 2021
The France under-21 side, also favourites for the U-21 European Championships, went one better, exiting the competition at the quarter-final stage despite possessing a remarkably talented side.
France U21s lineup today would give most senior international teams a tough game.
Unbelievable depth of talent. 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/MOkWnX5UKA
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) May 31, 2021
Should the French Olympic side also exit the competition early, serious questions will have to be asked of the management of Les Bleus, though with the talent across their ranks, they will surely remain a threat for years to come.
Elsewhere, Dani Ceballos hit the post as Spain were held to a 0-0 draw by Egypt, while New Zealand emerged as 1-0 victors over South Korea, and the Ivory Coast defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.