Brazil 1-2 Mexico – Match Recap – Olympics – 11 August 2012
Mexico won their first ever Gold Medal the Olympics (soccer tournament) by defeating favorites Brazil 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. Brazil were the favorites with a talented squad worth millions in transfer fees but could never recover from a slow start.
Mexico’s Oribe Peralta gave his side a 1-0 lead with a goal in the first minute. The goal was an opportunistic one for Peralta as the ball fell to him after a pass in Brazil’s end was intercepted. Brazil were on their heels after conceding the early goal and never seem sharp during the 90 minutes. The match continued to stay at 0-1 until the 75th minute when Peralta was unmarked in the box and headed home a corner kick.
Brazil did have a response with late and nearly forced extra time. Hulk cut the lead to 2-1 in the 90th minute with a shot between the goalkeeper’s legs. The momentum continued with Brazil getting one last great chances before the final whistle. Oscar had an open header but somehow failed to put it on goal.
The whistle sounded moments later as Mexico were crowned champions and Brazil received a disappointing silver medal.
The good news for Brazil was that they did not play a great match and still had chances to equalize. Mexico will now turn their focus to 2014 World Cup qualifying where many are viewing them as a legitimate threat to make a deep run.
|Hulk (90′)||Oribe Peralta (1′)|
|Oribe Peralta (75′)|
|4||Shots on Goal||4|
|0||2nd Yellow Card = Red||0|
Brazil – Gabriel, Rafael (Lucas 85′), Thiago Silva, Juan Jesus, Sandro (Pato 71′), Marcelo, Romulo, Leandro Demaio, Oscar, Neymar, Alex Sandro (Hulk 32′)
Mexico – Corona, Jimenez (Vidrio 81′), Salcio, Mier, Chavez, Herrera, Fabian, Peralta (Jimenez R 86′), Aquino (Ponce 57′), Reyes, Enriquez