Mexico Surprises Brazil with Victory in 2012 Olympic Football Final
Gaining momentum within the first moments of play, Mexico shocked the world with a goal against the favored Brazil within the first minute of the Olympic final.
The game ended in a 2-1 defeat with Mexico taking gold, and despite the upset Mexico coach and players remained in high spirits with their sights poised on World Cup competition in 2014.
The first goal came after only 32 seconds from Oribe Peralta when Brazil full-back Rafael Cabral make an error in the back field and let Mexico slip one by. The second goal for Mexico also came from Peralta after being left unmanned in the box during the second half.
A late goal from Brazil was not enough to get things rolling their favor and many saw their play as sloppy throughout the match. Despite the defeat Brazil did leave their mark on the event in a positive light. Leandro Damiao ended up with 6 points in match play, the highest goal scorer in the Olympic event.
This occasion marked the third time Brazil failed to reach the highest level of the podium, with defeat also coming in ’84 and ’88. The defeat won’t deter the Brazilian football team, as they set their sights for the World Cup in two years’ time. Several of the athletes who competed in the London Olympics are expected to represent the team in Brazil in the FIFA tournament.
Mexico will return home triumphant after the Games and no doubt be partying in the streets in celebration and looking forward to the World Cup in two years.