It will be the fiercest game played in the tournament. Brazil vs Mexico London Olympics 2012 soccer final is set to begin within hours. LIVE update
Olympic football gold has been a huge missing in history of the world football giants – Brazil and Mexico. The Latin American football strongholds get into the field today at the 2012 London Olympics’ men soccer final for their first Olympic gold medal ever. The much-frenzied Olympic football final between Brazil and Mexico is to kick off at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday at the world-famous Wembley Stadium, London. Both the teams are highly optimistic of breaking their long-time Olympic gold medal draught today.
In spite of winning many key international contests like World Cup, Copa America and Confederation Cup, Brazil and Mexico are yet to take home their first Olympic gold medal in soccer. In case of Brazil, the country has won five World Cups, but it has entered into the final of the Olympic men football after a period of long 24 years. Well, the country has won two silver medals in 1984 and 1988 plus two bronze medals in 1996 and 2008. Indeed, this time, the team can take home a medal that is better than the Beijing Olympics’ bronze.
Yet, under a fresh team that is backed by upcoming stars like Neymer and Leandro Damiao, Brazil looks at nothing, but the gold. As per reports, the legendary Brazilian footballer Pele will be in the gallery to encourage his national team. The yellow side is quite hopeful of the final against Mexico as they could score three goals each against all their 2012 Olympics football opponents. In the semifinal clash against South Korea, Brazil showcased a great performance for a 3-0 win. It was a reply for all doubters in Brazil’s ability to win Olympic gold.
Mexico is not an underdog, anyway. The team has recorded some good performance at the 2012 London Olympics to reach the final. In a quite impressive game, Mexico could hammer Japan for 3-1 in the semifinal. Japan’s Yuki Otsu started scoring in the 12th minute, but Mexicans could then take control of the field until the end of the game. Marco Fabian leveled the scoreboard with a superb heading. Later, Oribe Peralta and Javier Cortes delivered two goals, offering a superb victory for the team.
Brazil’s coach Mano Menezes realizes the challenge his team has to face in the London Olympics’ soccer final against Mexico. After the victory against South Korea in semi, he said that his team could achieve more maturity and stability. But, fight for the gold would be a great task for the squad. “It has been 24 years since Brazil have been in the final, which shows how difficult it is to get there. It took us a while to get going against South Korea. But you saw this maturity in the players. In previous games, Brazil may have lost,” he added.
The Brazilian coach is little bit concerned of the strength of the opposite side. Mexico’s under-23 team has an advantage of playing in Copa America and Pan-American Games. He is also cautious of Mexico’s inclusion of three over-aged players like Oribe Peralta, Jose Corona and Carlos Salcido in the team. Anyway, only a more few hours are remaining for the excited Brazil Vs Mexico matchup at the London Olympics.