It is the first time that Mexico has reached thus far in Olympic soccer. Its arrival on top at such a high level seems to have come on hard work and lots of luck indeed. Beating a team like Japan looked almost impossible, also given the fact that Japan looked in excellent form after beating several top teams in the tournament.
Several teams that were expected to be on top simply disappointed their fans during Olympic Games in London. The worst performer among the top teams in this tournament was none other than Spain that became a whipping boy for all. Even Honduras was able to beat the top world soccer team coming fresh from its excellent run in Euro 2012 that it had won just over a month ago.
For the Mexican Olympic team this was a dream come true. Never ever in the past, they were able to reach thus far. Their 3-1 victory against Japan was nothing short of miracle even for them.
After beating teams like Spain, Japan was more than sure that it had a chance to not just reach the final but also win the Olympic soccer gold. Spain is among the toughest team and any soccer side will have the same impression after overcoming such a huge obstacle.
Had Japanese team qualified for the final, they would have celebrated the occasion with their women soccer team that has already qualified for the finals.
When the match started Japanese team looked set to sneak into the final. The first goal came from one of their best performers during the tournament Yuki Otsu blasted the first goal past Mexican defences.
But unfortunately, the game changed altogether after Yuki Otsu goal and Mexico shed their inhibitions and started making one effort after the other to first equal the score and then beat the opponents comfortably.
Three players played a pivotal role in the turnaround of Mexican fortune in the game. Javier Cortes who was a replacement and Marco Fabian besides of course Oribe Peralta brought the Japanese team to its knees.
Despite some nervy defending early on, the Japanese were on course to emulate that result after 12 minutes today thanks to a stunning strike from Otsu.
After equalling the score in the 31st minutes, Mexicans had to wait well after the half time to once again score and the second goal came in 65th minutes.
Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England
When: Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. EDT
Live Stream: NBC Olympics