Mexico vs France Highlights & Review – Olympic Games 22 July 2021
Mexico vs France Review
Mexico Hit France for Four in Olympic Opener
Mexico made the perfect start to their Olympic Games campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over a disappointing France side at the Tokyo Stadium. Second-half goals from Alexis Vega, Sebastián Córdova, Uriel Antuna, and Eduardo Aguirre ultimately proved to be the difference in this Group A opener.
Real Betis winger Diego Lainez was identified as one of the Mexico’s key players pre-tournament, and he lived up to his billing after playing a superb ball through to Vega, but Modibo Sagnan was on hand to clear Vega’s effort off the line. Moments later, Lainez went on a mazy run through the French defence but his cut-back just missed the waiting Henry Martín inside the box, before Luis Romo headed over from the resulting corner.
Mexico almost broke the deadlock in emphatic fashion within a minute of the restart when Córdova’s acrobatic effort hit the post, but they did find a breakthrough moments later. Lainez brilliantly weaved his way down the right and played a perfectly-weighted cross to Vega, whose downward header flew past Paul Bernardoni.
Jaime Lozano’s team were playing with confidence and added a second goal in the 55th minute through Cordova, who rifled in a superb left-footed strike to compound French misery. However, France were given an unexpected lifeline when César Montes brought down Kolo Muani. André-Pierre Gignac’s resulting penalty squirmed beneath Guillermo Ochoa, much to the annoyance of ‘El Tri’s’ shot-stopper.
Sylvain Ripoll’s side were buoyed by the goal and progressed forward with added urgency, but Antuna effectively killed the game as a contest after he was allowed to cut in from the right and clip a left-footed strike in off the post. A fourth was added in stoppage time courtesy of Aguirre, who blasted home a close-range effort to cap off a thoroughly impressive display from the Central American team.