A first-half objective from Lachlan Wales and a second in the 80th moment from the substitute Marco Tilio shocked 10-man Argentina as Australia held onto best position in Group C at the Tokyo Olympics.
Australia’s lead trainer, Graham Arnold – an Olympian at Seoul in 1988 – had guaranteed that his group would “shock the world” and his charges conveyed in the evening warmth of the Sapporo Dome.
The 20-year-old Wales opened in after Joel King’s twisting low cross got out the Argentinian protection in the fourteenth moment to give the Olyroos the benefit on their re-visitation of Olympic football interestingly since 2008.
Australia’s best presentation at the Olympics came at Barcelona 1992 where they completed fourth. Argentina are the current South American Under-23 heroes and are two-times Olympic bosses having won in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing four years after the fact.
Australia began brilliantly with the Melbourne City right-back Nathaniel Atkinson tiring Francisco Ortega out.
Two yellow cards for Ortega shortly in added time toward the finish of the primary half gave Australia a man advantage. In the first place, Ortega was punished for a foul on Atkinson, then, at that point he and Birmingham City’s Riley McGree – who was named for the Puskas grant in 2018 for a scorpion kick objective while borrowed with Newcastle Jets – went in the book for pushing in the crate as the midfielder Denis Genreau arranged a free-kick near the byline.
McGree went near multiplying the lead in style yet his overhead kick was gymnastically saved by the Cádiz goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma.
In the second half Australia got back on track, with Mitch Duke – one of the two overage parts in the crew with the Central Coast Mariners safeguard Ruon Tongyik – cutting the bar with a creative chip 20 seconds after the restart.
Argentina were not without possibilities, with the Atlético Madrid protector Nehuén Pérez constraining a low save from Tom Glover with a stinging shot from distance. In any case, notwithstanding having a greater amount of the ball (56% belonging) they attempted to force their trademark physical and passing play, with players, for example, the Famalicão midfielder Carlos Valenzuela and CKSA Moscow’s Adolfo Gaich unfit to cut a way through an extremely coordinated backline.
McGree, searching briefly objective to kill the game, spotted Ledesma off his line again yet his work from midway flew barely finished. Then, at that point McGree, played through on the right, endeavored to square to Wales when he ought to maybe have shot and his pass was caught.