Japan vs. South Africa | Tokyo Olympics 2020: Men's Soccer Highlights | NBC Sports

After a score of near-misses in the final third, a late strike from Kubo finally broke the seal for Japan as the Olympic hosts began their men’s soccer campaign with a tough 1-0 win over South Africa. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Soccer
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The men’s and women’s soccer competitions at the Olympics consist of two stages, a group stage and a knockout stage. The men’s group stage, with 16 total teams, features four groups of four teams each. The women’s group stage, with 12 teams, includes three groups of four. The group drawing accounts for seeding and geography. In this way, teams avoid playing neighboring countries in early matches. Each team plays the others in its group once, with three points for a victory, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. Teams are ranked by most total points accumulated in the group, and ties are broken by goal difference.

For the men, the top two teams in each group advance to the knockout stage. For the women, the top two teams in each group and the two best third-place teams advance. In both tournaments, the knockout stage begins with the quarterfinal round. All knockout stage matchups are contested over one 90-minute game. In the event of a tie after the 90 minutes, a 30-minute extra time period is played, followed by a penalty shootout if necessary.

The winners of the quarterfinal matches face off in the semifinals. The semifinal winners advance to the Gold Medal Match, the semifinal losers play in the Bronze Medal Match.

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Japan vs. South Africa | Tokyo Olympics 2020: Men’s Soccer Highlights | NBC Sports


  1. I just love how soccer players can make a slight contact appear like a Mortal Kombat fatality. I would love to see them participate in a football match 🤣

  2. South Africa faked a foul 2 times.
    No foul should have been called and no yellow cards should have been given.
    Bad referee.

  3. Can anyone tell me why the first Japan goal was not allowed? I only watched on this YT clip but watched several times and in slo-mo, but still could not see any infraction. And of course, the American commentators are not only lifeless, they are also clueless regarding the Laws of the Game, even though they were players.

  4. This lady announcer I can tell she does not have much experience narrating soccer games and knows very little about it.

  5. Vieron como se hace el CORAZON con las manos. Pero en tapones?

    Algo asi 😁

  6. American commentators suck! They need British commentators to do the analysis, I just tune them out because it's all gibberish!

  7. South Africa is horrible. How did they qualify for the Olympics? This team would struggle against an elementary school team.

  8. Shame that the Japan players can’t play in front of their own fans. I think they made the wrong decision to not allow fans

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