Goal and Highlights of Japan 1-0 South Africa on Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
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8:57 AMa year ago

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8:56 AMa year ago

Even match between Japan and South Africa

We share with you the replay of the only goal that gave the victory to the local team.


8:53 AMa year ago


The match ended with a victory for Japan by the minimum.
South Africa tried but could not score.
8:48 AMa year ago


Japan's high cross is easily caught by Williams.
8:36 AMa year ago


Singh received a ball in the box after a good South African move and shot but just wide of Tani's hands.
8:32 AMa year ago


Kubo cut back from the right side of the area to the center of the box to score with his left foot, unleashed a powerful shot at the far post and scored a stunning goal to open the scoring.
8:25 AMa year ago


Kubo got into the box but Malepe eventually bounced the ball back to him to get the goal kick.
8:15 AMa year ago


The ball was left in the box to Hayashi in front of the goal, he shot with first intention and the goalkeeper Williams made a great save.
8:12 AMa year ago


Good play by Hayashi in the box, but it all ended in offside flagged by the assistant.
7:50 AMa year ago

45' + 2'

The first half ended goalless at the Tokyo Stadium, in a match dominated by Japan but which they could not reflect on the scoreboard.
7:46 AMa year ago


Kubo's free kick goes just wide of the South African goal.
7:41 AMa year ago


Yellow card for Endo for a hard foul in midfield.
7:35 AMa year ago


Hayashi's goal was disallowed by the assistant referee who considered the player to be offside.
7:35 AMa year ago


After a rebound Miyoshi was left alone inside the box and shot but goalkeeper Williams came out well to make a great save.
7:27 AMa year ago


South Africa is starting to have a little more precision in its passes, and wants to get out of the defensive zone.
7:17 AMa year ago


Hayashi's shot from the right side of the box goes just wide of the goal. 
And Japan continue to insist!
7:15 AMa year ago


Doan's hurried shot ends up in the hands of goalkeeper Williams after a rebound.
7:08 AMa year ago


Kubo takes a free kick with his left foot, but the ball crashes into the African wall, which has very tall players.
7:02 AMa year ago


The match begins with ball movement by the home team.
6:57 AMa year ago

All set at Tokyo Stadium

The players are ready for tonight's match, which will be the second of Group A, the winner of which could compete with Mexico for the top spot in the group.

6:41 AMa year ago

Japan's lineup

This is Hajime Moriyasu's starting lineup for the hosts' opener in Tokyo this afternoon:
12. K. TANI; 3. Y. NAKAYAMA, 4. K. ITAKURA, 5. M. YOSHIDA, 2. H. SAKAI, 17. A. TANAKA, 6. W. ENDO, 7. T. KUBO, 8. K. MIYOSHI, 10, R. DOAN and 19. D. HAYASHI.
6:30 AMa year ago

South Africa's lineup

We have a confirmed lineup for the African team, which will seek to achieve the feat and beat the host tonight at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, under the orders of David Notoane:

1. R. WILLIAMS, 15. R. MALEPE, 5. L. FLEURS, 17. T. MUKUMELA,14. S. MABILISO, 4. T. MOKOENA, 12. G. MOSELE,13. R. FROSLER, 10. L. SINGH, 8. T. CELE and 9. E. MAKGOPA.

6:17 AMa year ago

Mexico defeated France

A great match was played this morning, in which the Mexican national team defeated France with a truly convincing score of four goals to one.

The scorers for Mexico were Vega, Córdova, Antuna and Aguirre, while the Tigres player, Gignac, scored the second goal. 

Mexico now leads Group A, pending the outcome of the match between Japan and South Africa, which we will present below. 

6:11 AMa year ago

Live broadcast begins

In a few moments we will bring you everything related to the match, confirmed lineups, goals and more information of this group A. 
Let's get started!
12:59 AMa year ago

Stay with us

Great match that we will be broadcasting minute by minute for you, between Japan and South Africa, which will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, for the second match of Group A.
12:54 AMa year ago

How and where to watch Japan vs South Africa

The match will be broadcasted in USa through NBCSN.

If you prefer to follow it live online, VAVEL USA is your best option. 

12:49 AMa year ago

Japan's last lineup

This was the last starting eleven that came out in the Japanese national team's draw against Spain, where the score was tied at 1 goal in a friendly match prior to the Olympic Games: 

T. Kosei; T. Tomiyasu, M. Yoshida, R. Hatate, H. Sakai, W. Endo, K. Itakura, T. Kubo, Y. Soma, R. Doan and D. Hayas.

12:44 AMa year ago

Responsible for refereeing

Referee: VALENZUELA Jesús

Assistant Referee 1: MORENO Tulio

Assistant Referee 2: TORREALBA Lubin

4th Official: ORTEGA Kevin

Match Commissioner: SHAHRIYARI Paria

General Coordinator: SHIN Man Gil

Video Assistant Referee (VAR): VIGLIANO Mauro

Assistant VAR (AVAR): JURISEVIC Edvin

12:39 AMa year ago

South Africa Key Player

For their part, the South Africans only have the reinforcement of Ronwen Williams, who has been one of the most outstanding players in the local league.

He is an experienced player who also provides security to his team with his saves, so on this occasion he will be decisive to lead the defense and his team's offensive outings from the goal.

12:34 AMa year ago

Japan key player

Wataru Endo, the Stuttgard player, is in one of his best moments as a professional footballer, and at 28 years of age he was selected as one of the three reinforcements over age. 

He is a leader in the midfield and the pace at which he arrives will be crucial in order to lead the home team's attacks. 

12:29 AMa year ago

South Africa will have to do its best

The African team will seek to make a new history in this Olympic competition, bearing in mind the version that participated the previous time and was eliminated in the group stage. 

Now, with other players, and Ronwen Williams who was their only reinforcement, they will have to demonstrate their ability to do well in one of the most difficult groups. 

12:24 AMa year ago

Japan arrives with a good pace

The Japanese U-23 team will arrive after tying a match by a final score of 1-1, where striker Ritsu Doan stood out for handling the team's attacks well until the goal was scored in the 46th minute.

Prior to this result, the host team defeated Honduras and Jamaica by scores of 3-1 and 4-0 respectively, which is why and the support of their fans, they will be favorites for this tournament. 

12:19 AMa year ago

The match will be played at the Tokyo Stadium

The Japan vs South Africa match will be played at the stadium Olymic Stadium of Tokyo, on Japan with a capacity of 80,016 people. 

The stadium will serve as the main stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the venue for athletics events at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games.

Demolition of the old National Stadium was completed in May 2015, allowing construction of the new stadium to begin on December 11th, 2016.

12:14 AMa year ago

Welcome to VAVEL.com’s coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 match: Japan vs South Africa Live Updates!

My name is Salvador Espino and I’ll be your host for this game.

We will provide you with pre-game analysis, score updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL. 

The host team makes its appearance in this Olympic Games tournament tonight, where they will have to take advantage of their home advantage as the host country. 

In addition, in Group A, every point scored will be fundamental for the teams, since the African team will also face Mexico and France, teams with a very good level in the Under 23 category.