Egypt advance to Tokyo Olympics quarter-finals after vital win over Australia

Goals from Ahmed Yasser Rayan and Amar Hamdy end Olyroos' campaign on Wednesday

Egypt booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics men's football tournament on Wednesday after claiming a 2-0 win over Australia.

Goals from Ahmed Yasser Rayan and Amar Hamdy ensured victory in a must-win game for Egypt. Australia needed only a point to advance from Group C, while their opponents had no choice but to go for victory.

Egypt owed much of their win to a superb second-half performance from goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, who made a number of fine saves to secure a last eight berth.

Meanwhile, defending champions Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals after a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia. They topped Group D while Ivory Coast advanced after a 1-1 draw with Germany.

Brazil striker Richarlison, who netted a hat-trick against Germany, headed in to make it 2-1 before scoring away his fifth goal at the Games to seal three points at the Saitama Stadium.

The South Americans took an early lead after forward Matheus Cunha slotted the ball past goalkeeper Amin Albukhari from Claudinho's corner but Saudi Arabia made it 1-1 through defender Abdulelah Alamri's header from a free kick.

Brazil had scored four against Germany but struggled to fire in a goalless draw against Ivory Coast and their lack of consistency was evident.

Guilherme Arana, Diego Carlos and Antony failed to put away first-half chances and Cunha hit the post after the break.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, went through to the last eight at the expense of Germany, securing a 1-1 draw at the Miyagi Stadium.

The African side took the lead in the 67th minute when Benjamin Henrichs ended up putting the ball into his own net. But substitute Eduard Loewen scored with a free kick six minutes later.

Germany piled on the pressure in the dying stages but Ivory Coast held on.

Updated: July 28th 2021, 2:18 PM
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