Mexico vs France 4 - 1 (Olympic 2021 Goals & Highlights)

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Five second-half goals ensured an entertaining start to the men's Olympic football tournament as Mexico beat France 4-1 in Group A at the Tokyo Stadium.

Mexico are looking to repeat their success from London 2012, when they won the gold medal, and their intensity and movement in attack proved too much for France to handle.

Diego Lainez was a real threat throughout, and he almost set Alexis Vega up for the opener on 17 minutes. After pouncing on a stray pass from Madibo Sagnan, he fed the striker, who beat Paul Bernardoni but saw his shot cleared off the line. Sagnan had reacted well to get back into position after his mistake.

Moments later, Lainez darted into the area but could only win a corner after reaching the byline.

France were missing key eligible players like Kylian Mbappe and Eduardo Camavinga after their clubs refused to release them, but still had plenty of quality on the pitch.

Two of their designated overage players, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin, were quiet throughout, but the former did get a header on target. It didn't test Guilhermo Ochoa in the Mexican goal.

Ochoa was forced into action just shy of the half-hour mark, when Arnaud Nordin's snap shot looked like creeping into the top corner. He did well to parry it away.

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