Mexico are the new champions of the Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon(Toulon Tournament).
They defeated Turkey in the final, 3-0, with goals from Candido Ramirez, Hiram Mier, and Alan Pulido.
Mexico: Jose Rodríguez; Nestor Vidrio, Hiram Mier, Diego Reyes, Darvin Chávez, Jorge Enriquez, Marco Fabian, Hector Herrera (Jorge Hernandez 74′), Javier Aquino (Cesar Ibañez 78′), Candido Ramirez (Javier Cortes 60′), Raul Jimenez (Alan Pulido 65′). Manager: Luis Fernando Tena.
Turkey: Mahmut Taskiran; Furkan Seker, Kemal Tokak, Berat Cetinkaya, Bulent Cevahir, Haktan Odabasi, Necip Uysal, Salih Dursun, Emre Gural(Ferhat Kiraz 48′), Tevfik Kose, Erkan Kas. Manager: Keskin.
Mexico had a large command of the game. They quickly started the attack with a close shot from Marco Fabian in the 7th minute.
Candido Ramirez scored the first goal with an assist from Javier Aquino. Aquino sent in the ball from the right, and Ramirez sent it to the back of the net in the 26th minute.
Mexico’s captain, Hiram Mier, added the second goal in the 70th minute. Marco Fabian passed from the left for Mier to push into the goal.
Alan Pulido closed the performance with a shot in the 77th minute for the 3-0.
Several of the Mexican players walked away with individual awards as well.
Candido Ramirez won ‘Best Goal of the Tournament’ for his goal against the Netherlands.
He was also recognized as the youngest player of the tournament with 18 years and 11 months.
Hector Herrera was named the ‘Best Player of the Tournament.’
And although he did not score in this game, Marco Fabian tied Alan Shearer for the the tournament goalscoring record with 7 goals.
The Mexican U-23’s have a few more exhibition matches before the Olympics begin with yet to be confirmed opponents.
They’ll have to utilize those games to fine tune the defense. The team received 9 goals against to their 14 goals scored.