SAPPORO, JAPAN - JULY 22: Marco Tilio #19 of Team Australia celebrates after scoring their side's second goal during the Men's First Round Group C match between Argentina and Australia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Sapporo Dome on July 22, 2021 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

The Olyroos have kickstarted their first Olympic campaign in 13-years in as good a fashion as they could have hoped for, defeating two-time Olympic gold medallists and world renowned powerhouse Argentina 2-0 in their first Group C matchup thanks to strikes from youngsters, Lachie Wales and Marco Tilio.

Australia looked the goods from the offset and were the more threatening team going forward. After consistently peppering at the goals, the Olyroos took the lead in the 14th minute with a Lachie Wales strike, after some brilliant forward movement and a sublime low cross by Joel King to set up the goal.

Australia's Riley McGree almost scored the goal of the tournament in the 28th minute following a wonderful piece of control and bicycle kick to force the Argentinian 'keeper into a tough save.

In the dying moments of the first half , Argentina found themselves in even more trouble, with left-back Francisco Ortega controversially receiving two yellow cards in the space of two minutes that would see him sent off, leaving his teammates down to 10-men for the rest of the game.

Despite being down a man, Argentina began the second half brighter as they looked for an equaliser and had some chances to get back on level terms through some brilliant play by their star man, Ezequiel Barco.

But with Argentina on the front foot, and Australia sound in defence, the downfall was always going to be the Argentine's defense being one man down, and it would only be a matter of time before Australia took control and created key chances of their own, with the Olyroos able to find little pockets of space out wide and in and behind the Argentinian defence.

In the 80th minute, the game was all but sealed for Australia thanks to a brilliant piece of skill from substitute Marco Tilio, who ran forward and connected on a long range strike following a lovely run and squared pass by Mitchell Duke.

With eleven of the eighteen players in the squad coming from clubs in the A-League, it was a fantastic showing that may have just put Australia's bright young talent on the international map.

The 2-0 victory for the Olyroos sees them top of group C after one match, which has been labelled as the 'group of death'.

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In the other group C game, Spain and Egypt couldn't be separated on the scoreboard and finished the game with a 0-0 draw.

Australia's next game will see themselves matched up against a highly rated Spain outfit that will be looking for a win.

A side featuring some of the brightest talent in world football, including young stars Pau Torres, Dani Olmo and Pedri, who recently featured for Spain in the Euro 2020 competition, the Spaniards will be looking for a much better result in game two against Australia to get their own Olympic campaign back on track.