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Japan opens Olympic males’s soccer with 1-0 private shut over SAfrica

TOKYO (AP) — An empty stadium is no longer how Jap athletes imagined competing for the first time in Tokyo at their dwelling Olympics.

As a minimal the males’s soccer team obtained on Thursday — a day earlier than the outlet ceremony of the pandemic-impacted games.

Takefusa Kubo scored the finest fair with a curling strike off the publish within the 71st minute that clinched a 1-0 victory over South Africa at the Tokyo Stadium.

Kubo is a 20-year-old forward signed as much as Valid Madrid who has yet to play for the Spanish giants whereas gaining first-team ride in various places in La Liga.

In the other Neighborhood A game, Mexico beat France 4-1.

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