Mexico’s Olympic Soccer Team Advances to Gold Medal Match
Mexico’s Men’s Olympic Soccer team defeated Japan 3-1 to advance to their first ever appearance in an Olympic soccer final. Mexico’s well-rounded side, headed by an intimidating offense, proved to be too much for the Japanese side this afternoon in London.
Yuki Otsu helped Japan get on the scoreboard first with a goal in the 12th minute thanks to a powerful shot from the top of the box. Later in the first half, Marco Fabian evened the score by converting on a header from a Mexico corner in the 31st minute.
In the second half, Oribe Peralta capitalized on a defensive error from Japan to net in Mexico’s second goal in the 65th minute. A back and forth fight ensued between the two sides until substitute Javier Cortes secured his team’s victory with a composed finish in stoppage time.
After earning a spot in the final match, Mexico will face Brazil for the Gold medal. For the first time in Olympic history, Mexico has a guaranteed medal in soccer. The popularity of the sport and love for the team makes El Tri’s successful campaign in London quite special for the people of Mexico.
The gold medal match will take place in Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 11th, at 3:00 pm, where the team will look to make history.