South Africa players hang out before the men’s first round match of Group A between South Africa and Mexico on the fifth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Sapporo Dome (Gallo Images)
South Africa suffered a 3-0 defeat against Mexico to end hopes of advancing outside the group stage of football at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
David Notoane’s attacks had to win by two goals or more after the first two Group A matches against France and Japan also ended in defeat.
Japan also had to beat France in the second meeting against South Africa to qualify for the quarterfinals.
While the hosts Japan scored an easy 4-0 victory against France, South Africa was overtaken by Mexico.
Despite the first half starting with a lot of poison, South Africa pushed the numbers forward, but was able to find a way past the opponents.
However, this tactic worked in Mexico’s favor after a quarter-time resumption of the match.
A few minutes before the 20th minutes, they took the lead.
Taking advantage of South Africa’s dismantled defense, Alexis Vega scored after Uriel Antuna corrected the ball to the 18th area.
After that, South Africa tried to come together and do it great, but the growing pressure from the Mexicans prevailed.
South Africa’s lack of concentration in the penalty area allowed Mexico to get the ball after a corner kick in two aerial matches.
The ball finally landed in front of Luis Romo’s feet when he added a second goal.
Things got worse, worse, as South Africa fell to 10 men when Captain Tercious Malepe was sent off for Henry Martin’s reckless challenge.
Mexico immediately took advantage of the red card when Martin added a third goal from close range, and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams had no chance to get a glove up the glove.
However, Mexican Carlos Rodriguez received a straight red card for a professional foul on Luther Singh, but the damage had already been done when Mexico and Japan advanced from Group A to the quarter-finals.