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

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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50 Comments

  1. Paul Nguyên on July 31, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Kubo Takebusa scored at 25:21 of 2nd period and that held up as the game’s lone goal as Japan shuts out South Africa 1-nil.

  2. Lowell Hartman on July 31, 2021 at 9:07 pm

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

  3. Alexandra Senna on July 31, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    If Japan played like this Vs Mexico is going to be a sad that for Japan

  4. Eric Zhang on July 31, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    takefusa kuboooooo honestly japanese messi

  5. Mayrisa Megan on July 31, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Kubo vamos

  6. SkyRise Senpai on July 31, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Why don’t they call for minamino and Abe too?

  7. Grant Mills on July 31, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    What are these fucking cards

  8. Ping Sengthong on July 31, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    6 more goals to go kubo!

  9. rd711 on July 31, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    What a goal.

  10. Tyler on July 31, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    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

  11. Cristiano Ronaldo on July 31, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    He hit the Ronaldo 🚀

  12. Andrew Wong on July 31, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    hayashi is the harry kane of japan

  13. ace7467 on July 31, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Perfect example why I can’t watch soccer, a bunch of pansy’s. These prima donna’s need to watch a hockey game and grow a pair. They need to add video review to get rid of all this nonsense

  14. Moises Chelius on July 31, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Si

  15. Pablo Jesús Sánchez Arango OAXACA MÉXICO on July 31, 2021 at 9:26 pm

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

    🤞🤙👈.
    Algo asi 😁

  16. signor pops on July 31, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Did South Africa cross the midfield

  17. Wade Beeler on July 31, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Reffing need to stop supporting fake flopping, it’s sickening.

  18. Horse 17 on July 31, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I’m offended, there are no white people in South Africa

  19. Braveheart 1191 on July 31, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Did South Africa attack at all?

  20. Yaleb Villalobos on July 31, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    So far Mexico and Brazil have shown way superior futbol than all the other teams. Mexico vs Japan will definitely dictate if Mexico can be the team to beat…

  21. mch006 on July 31, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Nice goalB

  22. Jon Las on July 31, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I don’t know much about Japanese football, however, their follow with and around the ball is smooth.

  23. Scyth3 on July 31, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Beats me these refs kinda iffy if you ask me, yikes…

  24. Massambula2 mass on July 31, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    South African defense is joke

  25. Jo Rad on July 31, 2021 at 9:39 pm

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

  26. C M. on July 31, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    They are not wearing a mask

  27. TB_One on July 31, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Another girlie flop by Brazil. Just disgusting!

  28. jose giron on July 31, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    bruh why japan wearing those HS sports looking camo kits, no offense to the team but those kits are not good looking bruh but that’s just my opinion

  29. brycerichert on July 31, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    So many babies on the South African team

  30. owodee on July 31, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    This commentary is painful to listen to

  31. Dipthong thathongthongthong on July 31, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Kubo is the Real Madrid player right? Sounds like he said " Vamos!" after he scored. lol

  32. Evan Kaufman on July 31, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    The refs are trash

  33. jose escalante on July 31, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Fake fouls horrible officiating

  34. ungabungabingabunga blowme on July 31, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    South Africa shouldn’t even be allowed in the Olympics…..their racist govt is a disgrace…….oh well ……this is what the SA people wanted …….reap what you sow.

  35. David Olatunji on July 31, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Kubo said, “Vamos!” 😂

  36. Stevi Roy on July 31, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    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 🤣

  37. Alejandro Olivas on July 31, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Yo pienso q Mexico se los come

  38. David Clark on July 31, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Porby the biggest rigged match of the year and it shows…

  39. Naphtali Obanor on July 31, 2021 at 9:53 pm

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

  40. Armando Problemas on July 31, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    1:42 the reason why I hate football now, too much fake BS, grown men acting like they’ve been hit by a car, the sport is ruined.
    Cyclists crash going 30km/h and they get right back up and keep going, but these idiots are barely touched and act and scream in such manner that you’d think they were run over by a car………F football.

  41. DH Blan on July 31, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    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.

  42. Ntuj Qub Qab on July 31, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    With the COVID, no audiences n no joy n fun.

  43. Virgil White on July 31, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    that screaming tho…. this is men’s soccer right?

  44. king Ayuk on July 31, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    South Africa sucks

  45. Golden Shoe on July 31, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    1:42… man before the clip I thought they had smacked skulls against each other or something. But after…. man the drama, why do they keep bringing this drama to sports. I really don’t like it. So petty and un-honorable

  46. Gerson Cruz on July 31, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    South Africa deserves to loose, since when did they become such divers?

  47. Red Bird on July 31, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Bravo Japon!

  48. Gabriel Enrique on July 31, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Neither yellow card was a fault.

  49. Daddy Oo on July 31, 2021 at 10:03 pm

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

  50. Marcus Garvey on July 31, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    These announcers should do ASMR, they can put anyone to sleep.

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