The Australian men’s Olympic football team was lucky to even be able to play with 10 men, but they managed a 2-0 win over Argentina that puts them at the top of Group C.
The Olyroos scored a goal in each half with Lachie Wales scoring in the 14th minute and Marco Tilio in the 80th.
It was surely a help that Argentina midfielder, Francisco Ortega, was sent off after receiving a second yellow card after a clash with Riley McGree just before half-time. This decision has been deemed as incredibly harsh as replays show that it was a very light clash that normally wouldn’t have earned a yellow card, but referee Srdjan Jovanovic had been warning both sides of getting too physical earlier and so made an example of Ortega.
This may have been a somewhat pyrrhic victory as seven yellow cards were handed out to Aussie players which may hamper them going forward.
Coach Graham Arnold said that he and the team would “shock the world” and they certainly have done that. Arnold continued that they are in this to win it,
“We are here to compete for a gold medal, we’re not here to compete with the numbers. I know in the past that it’s seen just as a success to make the Olympics. I don’t see that. We’re here to compete for a medal like all the other teams.”
Here’s hoping for more wins for the Aussie side going forward.