It wasn’t pretty, but Mexico got the job done. Mexico has proved that it is a force to be taken seriously. The game between Japan was not only for a trip to the finals of the 2012 Olympic football tournament, but also a bit of revenge from a previous loss to the Japanese. Mexico had already ready gone through some adversity after giving up a two goal lead to Senegal, and needing extra time to claim the victory. Today, Japan let Mexico know it wasn’t going to go down easily.
With possession going back and forth it was Otsu that shot a screamer past Corona in the 11th minute. Japan gained the lead, and put the pressure on Mexico. From that point on Mexico had regained momentum and built some opportunities. In the 31st minute Mexico was given a corner, and Marco Fabian headed in the equalizer. The game gave the fans a few more moments to get excited about, but it was 1-1 at half.
Red lights were going off in Mexico fans minds when they saw Jimenez subbed in at the start of the second half…reason being, it was for Dos Santos. Dos Santos has been a major factor in Mexico’s great Olympic run, and seeing him on the bench is never something to take lightly. Japan seemed to take advantage by dominating possession. However, Mexico was still able to keep Japan to only a few major shot opportunities. In the 65th minute, Aquino pressured the Japanese defense, and they coughed the ball right to Peralta. At this point, Peralta took a step forward and shot a 23 yard curler to where the Japanese keeper couldn’t get close to saving. Mexico from that moment on had to fight to keep the lead.
Mexico saw the finals right in front of them with only 2 minutes to go. El Tri was able to counter Japan’s last major opportunity, and Peralta back heeled a pass to Cortes, who then proceeded to battle two defenders and shot in Mexico’s third goal. Mexico’s victory guarantee’s a medal…but the Azteca’s wants gold. Brazil will be Mexico’s foe for the football gold, as the defeated South korea 3-0. The final will be this Saturday 8/11/2012 at 10:00 a.m. EST.