In men’s Summer Olympic soccer final on Saturday, we are to set witness a fierce clash between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley. Brazil has rushed to the final beating South Korea for three unreturned goals. Being the favorites of the event, Brazilians will have to come with their best performance to overcome the challenge from the Mexicans. For both Brazil and Mexico an Olympic gold is still away. The teams will do their best in the final at the 2012 London Olympics to take home their first Olympic gold in soccer.
With the entry into the final, Brazil is set to win a medal better than the bronze they had in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, both teams will show up a fiery match for their first gold in an Olympics. Mexico has not ever won a medal in the Games, while Brazil at least had the 2008 bronze as an achievement. Mexico’s best performance in an Olympics was their entry into the bronze medal match of 1968. Then, Japan beat Mexico and took home the bronze.
Semifinal 2: Brazil Vs South Korea
Brazil defeated South Korea with an overwhelming 3-0 to make it to the final. The team reached to the men’s Olympic football final for the first time in 24 years with this comprehensive win. The Brazilian coach Mano Menezes says that the entire team thirsted for a final entry as it couldn’t make it for a long time. “It’s been a long time since we made it to this final and that shows how hard it is to get here,” Menezes said after the match. “This group deserves a lot of credit and they know that we are closer to finally winning the gold.”
Of course, collective effort from the entire squad brought the win on Tuesday. Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao has admitted that it was a team effort. Talking to media after the match he said; “the entire team had a huge effort to reach the final. We are happy to have made it to the final and we are here to win the gold medal. We are Brazil; we are here for the gold.” Defensive midfielder Romulo started scoring with a low shot in the 38th minute. Later, Damiao scored two goals in the 57th and 64th minutes.
Semifinal 1: Mexico Vs Japan
Beating the Great Britain in the quarter finals, Mexico effortlessly overcome the Japanese challenge in the semifinal on Friday. Mexico came from behind to beat the Asian side for 3-1. An early long-range shot from Yuki Otsu gifted a lead for Japan in the game. But, joy of the Japanese ended with a superb head by Marco Fabian to level the game. Later, Oribe Peralta had a strike from 20 yards for the second goal and Javier Cortes wrapped up the game with an injury time goal.
Mexico now looks to earn their first Olympic goal from men’s football. Brazilians are certainly good competitors for Mexico. Brazil has sent a strong and skilled team for Olympics to end their gold medal drought in the Olympic Games. And so, the Saturday’s Mexico Vs Brazil men’s Olympic soccer final may sparkle fire in the field.
Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England
When: Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. EDT
Live Stream: NBC Olympics