Mexico needed at least a draw against Switzerland to move on to the quarterfinals of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament but with a goal from Oribe Peralta they won the match and took the lead of Group B.
The Swiss were the first to start with a dangerous attack. In the 6th minute Emeghara managed to escape down the right flank, and he took a shot. Corona was able to control the first warning.
Giovani Dos Santos had an opportunity in the 21st minute, but he couldn’t control a pass from Javier Aquino in front of goal.
Mehmedi attempted a shot in the 30th minute from, but Corona was able to control without much difficulty.
Dos Santos had another opportunity at the end of the first half to put the Mexican team ahead, but his shot was eventually stopped by Benaglio.
In the 47th minute Mexico were awarded a free kick. Dos Santos stepped up to take it, but his shot flew just past the post.
Mexico launched attacks at the start of the second half.
Peralta made an attempt in the 53rd minute, but with a narrow angle his shot only hit the side netting.
It was Peralta who finally put the ball at the back of the net. The Mexican player picked up a loose ball inside the box and shot it through the legs of Benaglio for the 1-0 lead.
Aquino tried to double the lead with a shot in the 78th minute, but the ball flew wide of the goal.
Israel Jimenez made the next attempt in the 83rd minute. His shot looked like it would laser to the top corner, but Benaglio managed to save.
At the end, Mexico finished with a 1-0 win and the top spot of Group B.
Mexico: JOSÉ DE JESÚS CORONA, CARLOS SALCIDO, HIRAM MIER, DARVIN CHÁVEZ, MARCO FABÍAN(PONCE 79′), ORIBE PERALTA, GIOVANI DOS SANTOS(R.JIMENEZ 84′), JAVIER AQUINO, DIEGO REYES, JORGE ENRÍQUEZ, NÉSTOR VIDRIO(I.JIMENEZ 46′)
Switzerland: DIEGO BENAGLIO, FABIO DAPRELA, FRANCOIS AFFOLTER, INNOCENT EMEGHARA, AMIR ABRASHI, FABIAN FREI, PAJTIM KASAMI(HOCHSTRASSER 85′), ADMIR MEHMEDI, RICARDO RODRIGUEZ, STEVEN ZUBER(DRMIC 61′) , TIMM KLOSE
Mexico will play on Saturday, August 4 against Great Britain, Senegal, or Uruguay. Group A standings have yet to play out, but Mexico will know their rival by the end of the day.