Mexico kicked off its Olympic dream of medaling in London against South Korea. The game was fairly balanced throughout the first 45 minutes. Mexico was able to get a few good looks at a goal, but nothing materialized. South Korea was no pushover as they were able to maintain a lot of possession against El Tri.
One notable name that continues to stand out is Oribe Peralta. Peralta seems to have a magic touch when he puts on the Santos Laguna kit, yet so far with this Olympic side, he has produced nothing. He isn’t making mistakes…but in no shape is he causing problems to the defenses Mexico is facing. Giovani came in for Peralta somewhat late in the second half, and was able to help the offense push forward. Giovani had a few good looks at goal, only to miss by inches. The game stayed tied up to the 90th minute. Mexico seemed to have a great chance at making some magic, as Enriquez received the ball in the middle of the pitch. He saw Ponce making a run down the left flank, with no one to defend in sight. As Enriquez passed it off to Ponce, the referee stepped in front of the ball killing all of Mexico’s momentum. Just about a minute later Mexico had one last attempt. Raul Jimenez broke free from South Korea defenders, made a cut, and curved the ball toward goal…just missing off the post. The game was called just seconds later.
Mexico has a crucial group stage match against Gabon, who tied Switzerland 1-1. The game will be played Sunday (7/29) at 9:30 a.m. EST. The game can be seen on Telemundo. So what are your thoughts on Mexico’s performance? Who looks solid, and who looks off? Tell us what you think…
*Update: Mexico added another trophy to the case. The U-20 squad won the Milk cup!