Mexico defeat France in their opening match at Tokyo 2020

Alexis Vega #11 of Mexico celebrates with teammates Carlos Rodriguez (R) #8 and Diego Lainez #10 after scoring their side's first goal during the Men's First Round Group A match against France during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Alexis Vega #11 of Mexico celebrates with teammates Carlos Rodriguez (R) #8 and Diego Lainez #10 after scoring their side's first goal during the Men's First Round Group A match against France during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Despite the stalemate leading into the break, Mexico came out flying in the second half to open their Olympic campaign with a 4-1 win over France.

Alexis Vega scored the first of four second-half goals for Mexico in a 4-1 victory over France on Thursday in the men's Olympic Football tournament.

Mexico, which won gold at the 2012 Olympics, had the better chances in the first half but the game was scoreless at the break. Vega scored first in the 47th minute and Sebastian Cordova added a second in the 55th.

Andre-Pierre Gignac, who plays for Mexican club Tigres, scored from the penalty spot in the 70th minute to narrow the gap for France, which won the Olympic title in 1984. But Uriel Atuna put Mexico ahead 3-1 in the 80th and Eduardo Aguirre added a goal in stoppage time for El Tri.

While the Olympics is for under-23 squads, coaches are able to name three players born after 1997. So teams in Tokyo are dotted with stars, including Florian Thauvin, who won the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France and also plays for Tigres.

Mexico’s team featured goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, a 36-year-old veteran of four World Cups, and Club America teammate Henry Martin at forward.

The Associated Press contributed to this report