London 2012 Olympic Football: Men's Gold Medal Match - Brazil 1 Mexico 2

 

Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 at Wembley to win the Men's Olympic Football tournament. Mexico got off to the perfect start after only 30 seconds when Oribe Peralta's low strike nestled in the bottom corner. Manchester United defender Rafael was partly at fault for the goal, his sloppy pass allowing Javier Aquino to nip in and dispossess Sandro, with the ball running invitingly into the path of Peralta.

Brazil could not find their stride in the first half and their disappointing start was put into perspective when manager Menezes made a change just after the half-hour mark, bringing on Hulk for Alex Sandro.

Early in the second half it was obvious that Mexico had opted to try to defend their lead. This seemed to play into the hands of their opponents, particularly Neymar, who had disappointed in the opening half but briefly relished the chance to repeatedly run at the Mexico defence. He twice shot wide and saw another effort blocked, but his influence soon faded and Mexico almost struck with a swift break.

There was more shoddy Brazilian defending involved too, as Fabian dispossessed an opponent far too easily and eventually saw his overhead effort rebound off the crossbar. An unmarked Peralta later slotted home from six yards but Brazil were saved by the offside flag.

There was to be no reprieve with 15 minutes remaining. A free-kick was delivered from the right and the Mexico striker was left completely alone to head home from eight yards.

Hulk's injury-time strike into the bottom corner briefly ignited hope of a spectacular comeback and Oscar then headed wastefully wide at the near post as Mexico held on.

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