Amad assists for Ivory Coast in Olympic opener
Amad provided a fantastic assist for Franck Kessie as the Ivory Coast opened their Olympic Games with a 2-1 victory against Saudi Arabia.
Defender Eric Bailly also played the full game for the Elephants, who had taken the lead through an own goal before being pegged back by a strike from Salem Aldawsari.
With the scores level, Amad drove down the right wing, cut inside and beat three men before passing to Franck Kessie, waiting on the edge of the box. The AC Milan midfielder turned away from his marker before powering a beautiful strike into the bottom right corner.
It's a fantastic start to the tournament for Amad, who celebrated his 19th birthday earlier this month. The only sour note for his country was the 97th-minute red card given to Aboubacar Doumbia which leaves the side a player short for their next game against Brazil on Sunday.
✨ Magical assist— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) July 22, 2021
🔄 Perfect turn
🚀 Unstoppable finish
🤝 Franck Kessie and Amad Diallo link up to secure all three points for Ivory Coast in their Olympics opener 🇨🇮#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/21B9bErN82
Upcoming Olympic fixtures for Reds
Japan vs Great Britain (Ella Toone) - 11:30 BST, BBC One/BBC iPlayer
Netherlands vs Brazil (Jackie Groenen) - 12:00 BST, Eurosport 5/Eurosport Player
Brazil v Ivory Coast (Amad, Eric Bailly) - 09:30 BST, Eurosport Player/Discovery+
Canada v Great Britain (Ella Toone) - 12:00 BST, BBC
Netherlands v China (Jackie Groenen) - 12:30, Eurosport Player/Discovery+
Germany v Ivory Coast (Amad, Eric Bailly) - 09:00 BST, Eurosport Player/Discovery+