The Aussies, led by Deng, took the lead with Lachlan Wells’s goal in the 14th minute. Marco Tillio scored the second goal for the team in the 80th minute, a minute after landing as a substitute. In the 84th minute of the match, Adolfo Gaic hit the ball over Payero’s pass but his attempt was foiled by Australian goalkeeper Glover. The Australian team later won by the same margin. Australia topped Group C above Egypt and Spain.
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Spain played a goalless draw in another match. The Argentine football team has won gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Australia’s best performance was reaching fourth place in 1992.
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