A goal in the first half of Lachlan Wales and a second in the 80th minute from substitute Marco Tilio stunned 10 players Argentina while Australia occupied the first1st place in Group C at the Tokyo Olympics.
Australia's head coach Graham Arnold, Olympian in Seoul in 1988, had promised that his team would "shock the world" and his charges would be delivered in the night heat of the Sapporo Dome.
The 20-year-old King intervened after low curling center Joel King surprised the Argentina defense in the 14th minute to put the Olyroos ahead on their return to Olympic football for the first time since 2008.
Australia 's best performance at the Olympics came in Barcelona 1992 where she finished fourth. Argentina are the current South American Under-23 champion and are two-time Olympic champions after winning in Athens in 2004 and Beijing four years later.
Melbourne City right-back Nathaniel Atkinson runningFrancisco Ortega in tatters.
Two yellow cards for Ortega in two minutes in added time at the end of the first half gave Australia a human advantage. First, Ortega was penalized for a foul on Atkinson, then he and Riley Magree of Birmingham City - who was nominated for the Puskas Award in 2018 for a scorpion goal while on loan with the Jets Newcastle - entered the book for pushing into the box as midfielder Denis Genreau fielded a free kick near the signing.
Magree nearly doubling the lead in style but his header was saved in an acrobatic manner by Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma.
In the second half, l 'Australia picked up where t hey left off, with Mitch Duke - one of two over-aged players on the squad with Central Coast Mariners defender Ruon Tonyik - cutting the bArre with an artistic chip 20 seconds after the restart.
Argentina did not miss any chances, the defender of Atletico Madrid Nehuen Perez forcing a low save from goalkeeper Tom Glover with a scathing shot from far. But despite having more ball (56% possession), they struggled to impose their characteristic physical and passing game, with players such as Famalicão midfielder Carlos Valenzuela and CKSA's Adolfo Gaich Moscow unable to make its way through a very organized backline.
Magree, looking for a second goal to kill the match, has de again spotted Ledesma out of line but his mid-race effort was narrowly stolen. Then Magree, played on the right, tried to square in Wales when perhaps he should have shot and his pass was intercepted.
Before long, Australia was awarded for its pressing and energetic play.than. With his first touchdown Tilio, the 19-year-old Melbourne City forward who was the star of their A-League Grand Final victory, freed Duke before launching a meteoric run into the box to meet the comeback. and hammer low in the corner. Tilio and Wales were reservists but were promoted to the squad with their expansion last week due to pressure from the pandemic on players.
Earlier in the group Spain and Egypt had drawn 0-0 . Three points will undoubtedly fill the Olyroos with conviction, but perhaps most impressive was how the dominant and rhythm-laden performance avenged Argentina's defeats at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.