South Korea's men's soccer team lost to a team that had never won an Olympic match, and one player refused to shake hands after

South Korean's men's soccer team lost its Olympics opening round match to New Zealand.

24/7/2021 4:00:00 PM

South Korean's men's soccer team lost its Olympics opening round match to New Zealand.

The South Korean men's soccer team lost its first match of the Tokyo Olympics to New Zealand, which had never won an Olympic match before.

22 July 2021, 11:21 pm·2-min readLiberato Cacace of New Zealand is challenged by Dongjun Lee of South Korea during a first-round Olympic match on Thursday.Atsushi Tomura/Getty ImagesThe South Korean's men's soccer team lost its Olympics opening-round match to New Zealand.

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South Korea was a heavy favorite while New Zealand had never won an Olympics men's soccer match.After the match, a South Korean player rejected a handshake from a New Zealand player.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.South Korea's men's soccer team dropped its opening match of the Tokyo Olympics to New Zealand on Thursday by a score of 1-0, and one South Korean player turned down a handshake with a New Zealand opponent after the game.

South Korea came into the game as a minus-155 favorite, according toFanduel. Meanwhile, New Zealand had never won a men's soccer match in the Olympics.New Zealand's historic win came at the expense of the South Korean team's gold-medal aspirations and even the pride of one player.

Lee Dong-gyeong was seen on avideorejecting a handshake from the New Zealand player Chris Wood.The 29-year-old Wood, who scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute of the match, is one of New Zealand's three players over the age of 23 but still allowed to play in a squad of players under the age of 23.

South Korea and New Zealand are in Group B of the Olympic tournament, sharing the group with Romania and Honduras. Romania beat Honduras 1-0 on Thursday.South Korea will now move on to play Romania on Sunday and will look to finish in the top two spots of Group B in order to qualify for the tournament quarterfinals, but it will have little room for error after the stunning loss to New Zealand.

New Zealand meanwhile has a chance to clinch a spot in the tournament quarterfinals if it can beat Honduras on Sunday. Read more: Yahoo Singapore »

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