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Mixed results for Olympic football

Updated: July 27, 2012, 11:34 AM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics may be taking place Friday evening, but the men's soccer tournament commenced Thursday, with all 16 sides playing on the same day. The eight matches were of varying quality, but the main theme was how even the games were -- none were won by more than one goal.

Here are five conclusions from the opening day:

1. This should be an enjoyable men's competition

Soccer always feels like something of a sideshow at the Olympics. ...

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