Brazil vs Germany LIVE: Final score, result and reaction from 2020 Olympics
Brazil's Men soccer squad prepare for Olympic debut against Germany
After the Women’s tournament kicked off football at the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday - Team GB picking up an impressive victory - the Men’s event has followed suit on Thursday with Mexico and New Zealand among the early winners.
Brazil served notice of their intent - and more importantly their ability - to retain the Olympic Gold medal in men’s football with an impressive 4-2 victory over Germany on Thursday.
Five years ago in Rio, these two sides met in the final and it took a penalty shootout to separate them; here in Yokohama there was an absolute gulf between them in terms of quality, despite the scoreline somehow looking as though it was a reasonably close affair. And while it is only the first match of six if Brazil plan to go all the way once more and emulate Neymar, Marquinhos and Co, there were few flaws on show - outside of errant finishing - to give an indication of how rivals could upset them, even factoring in conceding twice.
Follow all the reaction to Brazil against Germany and the latest Olympics news from Tokyo 2020 below:
The host country’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, spoke to the Games’ US host network NBC to discuss the different styles of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
The crux; Trump is an individualist while Biden focuses on the group. A rather standard observation of right vs left wing politics.
"is a president who tries to build a consensus among allies and like-minded countries in order to advance policies," he told NBC News.
"It’s a different kind of political method.”
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 22:20
The First Lady will meet the Prime Minister in Japan, representing the US at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Ms Biden arrived on Thursday and will be in the city for 48 hours before returning after the Opening Ceremony.
One of her first events is dinner with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and wife Mariko Suga at Akasaka Palace. She returns to the Palace on Friday to be hosted by the prime minister’s wife.
The tour will include a video conference with Team USA, which makes it a long flight for a Zoom call. Also on the agenda is a meeting with the Japanese Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace.
She’ll close out Friday night at the opening ceremony for the Games.
On Saturday, she’ll “dedicate” a room in the US chief of mission’s residence to a deceased Senator and his wife, while also hosting a watch party for the US vs Mexico softball game at the US Embassy.
While she had a layover in Alaska on the way to Japan she is expected to stop into Hawaii on the way home, according to the AP.
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 22:11
The number of countries at this year’s games just increased by one after Guinea walked back its plan to stay on the side-lines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The country’s Minister of Sports, Sanoussy Bantama Sow, announced the decision on Thursday after international outcry at their absence.
Guinea had only just announced its cancellation on Wednesday, so Thursday’s flip-flop gets them back in before the Opening Ceremony (but after official competition began earlier this week).
“After obtaining guarantees from the health authorities, agrees to the participation of our athletes in the 32nd Olympics in Tokyo,” Bantama Sow said in a statement, according to the AP.
That allows the country’s five athletes return to the games in wrestling, swimming, judo, and the 100-metre sprint.
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 21:55
Those first Tokyo Olympics were seen by many as the moment Japan attained critical mass, making of itself something both quintessentially Japanese and quintessentially modern – a version it could offer the world without shame, writes Peter Popham.
“Tomorrow, Emperor Hirohito’s grandson Naruhito, himself said to be dubious about the Games, will declare them open while replacing the word “celebrating” with “commemorating”. And while there is plenty for Japan to look back on with pride, there will be little to celebrate.”
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 21:30
One of Great Britain’s legitimate medal hopes at the Tokyo Olympics takes to the stage over the weekend, with Jade Jones competing in the women’s taekwondo event.
Jones has enormous pedigree in the world of her sport, it’s fair to say - she won gold at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010, before doing the same on the senior stage at London 2012.
She is part of what Team GB performance director Gary Hall called “an incredibly strong and experienced squad”, which sees five fighters taking part representing Great Britain.
Karl Matchett has everything you need to know about when to watch Jade Jones in action at the 2020 Olympics.
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 20:50
For the better part of three months during the pandemic, testing for performance-enhancing drugs came to a virtual standstill worldwide. Only in recent months has it begun to ramp back to normal.
It’s one of the uncomfortable realities of the Tokyo Olympics. Not a single one of the approximately 11,000 athletes competing over the next 17 days has been held to the highest standards of the world anti-doping code over the critical 16-month period leading into the Games.
Statistics provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency pointed to a steadily improving situation as the Olympics approached, but they do not mask the reality that over the entirety of 2020, there was a 45% reduction in testing around the world compared with 2019 — a non-Olympic year in which the numbers wouldn’t normally be as high anyway. In the first quarter of 2021, there was roughly a 20% reduction in overall testing compared with the same three months of 2019.
“Unless you’re a fool, you’d have to be concerned,” said Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. - ap
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 20:20
Events began before the official Opening Ceremony of the games but the first medals won’t be awarded until the next day, 24 July.
The women’s 10m air rifle final in shooting will be the first sport to award a medal on Saturday, followed by Archery, Fencing, and Taekwondo.
A total of 11 medals will be awarded.
The day with the most medals awarded will be 7 August. The second last day of the games has 34 golds up for grabs in Baseball, Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Diving, Equestrian, Football, Handball, Karate, Gymnastics, Cycling Track, Vollyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 19:55
More than 160 LGBTQ athletes are competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games, according to Reuters.
Activists told the news outlet they would use the games to push their agenda forward in Japan, where they say the country is behind compared to other western countries.
Gon Matsunaka, founder of Japan’s first LGBTQ centre, Pride House, told Reuters said there aren’t legal protections outside of Tokyo, which passed an anti-discrimination law three years ago.
"I think lots of people in the world think that Japan is the human rights defender, but it’s opposite, because we don’t have any marriage equality, we don’t have any law to ban discrimination on sexual orientation or gender identity," Matsunaka said.
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 19:30
After images of Olympic soccer players taking a knee were excluded from official highlight reels and social media channels, the IOC said Thursday that kneeling protests will be shown in the future.
Players from five women’s soccer teams kneeled in support of racial justice Wednesday, the first day it was allowed at the Olympic Games after a ban lasting decades.
The concession under Olympic Charter Rule 50, which has long prohibited any athlete protest inside event venues, was finally allowed this month by the International Olympic Committee.
The IOC has tried to reconcile enforcing the rule while recognizing, and sometimes celebrating, the iconic image of American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos each raising a black-gloved fist on the medal podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
On Wednesday, the British and Chilean teams kneeled before the opening games and were followed by the United States, Sweden and New Zealand players in later kickoffs. The Australian team posed with a flag of Australia’s indigenous people.
Those images were excluded from the official Tokyo Olympic highlights package provided by the IOC to media including The Associated Press that could not broadcast the games live.
Official Olympic social media channels also did not include pictures of the athlete activism.
“The IOC is covering the Games on its owned and operated platforms and such moments will be included as well,” the Olympic body said Thursday in an apparent change of policy.
The IOC said hundreds of millions of viewers could have seen the footage watching networks that have official broadcast rights and “can use it as they deem fit.” - ap
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 19:05
Press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed at her daily briefing that the president’s wife would continue to attend the Tokyo Olympics’ kick off event following the axing of it’s director over Holocaust jokes more than two decades ago.
Read her full response:
“Certainly we support that decision and disagree with his comments, offensive comments. The First Lady will still plan to attend the Opening Ceremony to support US athletes and represent the US government at the highest level.”
Justin Vallejo22 July 2021 18:50