Mexico dominated Japan in the men’s soccer bronze-medal game on Friday night, ending the host nation’s hope of a first Olympic medal in 53 years with a 3-1 win at Saitama Stadium.
In the end it was Real Madrid star Marco Asensio’s game-winning goal that stood out the most when contrasted with Japan’s failure to capitalize on any of its chances in the penalty area.
The furor surrounding Hashimoto’s first-place finish in the men’s all-around competition last week stood out for the response it provoked from gymnastics officials.
A late goal by Real Madrid star Marco Asensio set up a Friday meeting between Hajime Moriyasu's side and Mexico with the bronze medal at stake.
The Airweave beds at Tokyo 2020 have taken a pounding on social media, but CEO Motokuni Takaoka says they can handle it all.
Two-time gold medalist Sebastian Coe believes Japan’s reputation will emerge stronger as the troubled Olympics begin their second full week of competition.
Friday's Olympic quarterfinal loss to Sweden highlighted the gap in physicalities and playing styles between head coach Asako Takakura's side and the rest of the world.
Sweden's physicality and attacking grit overwhelmed the host nation, which fought back from an early deficit but failed to build on promising attacks in the second half.
Poor performances by some of the sport’s powerhouses, including France — who were beaten by Japan 4-0 on Wednesday — are a reminder that the Olympic tourney is a different beast.
Sunday’s encounter at Saitama Stadium, where attacking midfielders Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan lit up the Mexican defense, has Japan eyeing the podium.