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VIDEO: Matthias Ginter equalizes against Mexico

Germany ties Mexico, 2-2, in group stage opener

Mexico v Germany: Men's Football - Olympics: Day -1 Photo by Felipe Oliveira/Getty Images

The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics are Friday night, but soccer at the Olympics is already in full swing.

The German Under-23 squad took on Mexico in their group stage opener, playing to a 2-2 draw. Germany was forced to climb back from a one-goal deficit on two separate occasions.

Borussia Dortmund has two players in the squad - Sven Bender and Matthias Ginter - both of whom started yesterday’s match. But it was the latter who provided the heroics for Germany with a 78th minute equalizer, tying the game a 2-2.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt sent in an out-swinging corner that found the head of Ginter. The Dortmund defender thumped the ball past the diving Mexican keeper Alfredo Talavera put Germany back on level terms.

Ginter and Germany sit in second place in Group C with a match against group-leaders South Korea coming up on Sunday. The Koreans decimated Fiji, taking their opener with a decisive, 8-0 victory. South Korea scored three times in the span of two minutes to blow the match wide open.