Eric Bailly challenges Antony during Ivory Coast v Brazil at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Olympics: Bailly and Amad draw with Brazil

Monday 26 July 2021 09:00

Eric Bailly and Amad helped put Ivory Coast into a promising position in Group D of the men's football section of the Olympic Games.

Manchester United's two male representatives at the Games both started on Sunday in Yokohama as the Elephants drew 0-0 with Brazil.

Amad had enjoyed a good start to the tournament as he assisted a strike by Franck Kessie in a 2-1 victory against Saudi Arabia but couldn't find another goal contribution this time around, although he managed three shots.

The Elephants line up pre-match in Japan.

Despite a controversial VAR decision leading to Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz sending off in the first half, it was Brazil who came closer late on a tight game but Ivory Coast, led by 28-year-old Bailly, held on.

The stalemate leaves both sides on four points, with Brazil ahead in the group on goal difference. Ivory Coast now play Germany on Wednesday. If they can avoid defeat, they'll progress into the knockout round.

United's female representatives will be in action sooner than that, with Ella Toone's Great Britain and Jackie Groenen's Netherlands playing on Tuesday.

27 July
Canada v Great Britain (Ella Toone) - 12:00 BST, BBC
Netherlands v China (Jackie Groenen) - 12:30 BST, Eurosport Player/Discovery+

28 July
Germany v Ivory Coast (Amad, Eric Bailly) - 09:00 BST, Eurosport Player/Discovery+