2021 Olympics: overtaken by Mexico, the French Olympic team begins with a heavy defeat


André-Pierre Gignac’s teammates lost 4-1 for their first match of the Olympic tournament in Tokyo.

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Back at the Olympics for the first time since 1996, the French Olympic team lost, Thursday, July 22, for its entry into the competition against Mexico (4-1). Sylvain Ripoll’s men, less polished than their opponents with only a preparation match in their legs (a 2-1 victory against South Korea), were overwhelmed by the teammates of the former Ajaccian goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

If a penalty converted by André-Pierre Gignac shortly after the hour mark allowed the Blues to believe it a little by coming back to 2-1, the collective difference in strength between the two teams was far too great. It will be necessary to recover from Sunday against South Africa (Sunday, July 25, 10 am) to preserve a hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals.



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