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South Africa finished bottom of the group after three losses at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The U-23’s lost 1-0 to hosts Japan in the opening match, 4-3 to France before losing 3-0 to on fire Mexico in their last game on Wednesday.

Goals from Alexis Vega and Luis Romo in the 18th and 43rd minute respectively and a third by Martin on the 60th minute, saw Mexico qualify for the knockout stages, second on the log standings as hosts Japan who beat France 4-0 qualified as group winners after winning all three matches.

The second half offered South Africa no room to return as captain Tercious Malepe was handed a red card in the 55th minute for a very dangerous foul, just before Mexico got their third goal from Henry Martin.

Mexico were also reduced to 10 men in the 66th minute when Rodriguez fouled Singh who was in a goal scoring position.

Source: SAFA

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