Brazil 1-2 Mexico

Brazil 1-2 Mexico
Favourites Ousted By Ruthless Peralta
     
Oli Gamp at Wembley Stadium

THE TALENT showcased by Brazil was insufficient to overcome a resilient and clinical Mexico side, as they slumped to a deserved defeat at Wembley and were forced to settle for a Silver medal. 

Oribe Peralta scored the fastest goal in Olympic history after he seized on Rafael’s lapse in concentration to gleefully slot home with just 29 seconds on the clock.
Marco Fabian rattled the crossbar after Thiago Silva gave the ball away in his own penalty area; summing up an afternoon of sloppiness for the Brazilians. 

Mexico got their second goal when Fabian’s free-kick was headed in by Peralta, but substitute Hulk gave his side some short-lived hoped when he swept home from Marcelo’s lofted through ball in stoppage time
Chelsea new boy Oscar should have taken the match to extra time but only he will know how he managed to head over from Hulk’s cross. 

Regardless, it would have been harsh on Mexico: who were tight at the back and played as a team. You could say that despite having the likes of Hulk, Lucas Moura, Oscar,Alexandre Pato and Neymar at their disposal, the Samba stars were very much a collection of individuals who, with the exception of Hulk, failed to impress against a considerably weaker Mexico side. 

The worst possible way Brazil could have started the match became a reality; when Manchester United’s Rafael’s woeful pass was picked up by Peralta and made it crucial by smashing the ball passed Gabriel to cap off an unbelievable start to the final. Brazil were shell-shocked, and this translated through to their sloppy passing and inability to get into the game. The Mexican fans started their traditional Mexican waves early – but not due to boredom, more down to delirium.
Brazil at last looked to carve out some openings when ThiagoSilva headed over Neymar’s free kick and Leandro Damiao cut into the box and squared for Oscar: whose effort was straight at Mexico’s Corona.
Coach Mano Menezes made an early change: bringing on Hulk for Alex Sandro with half an hour played as he looked to increase his goal threat.
Mexico had a few more chances to go further ahead before half time; Fabian was off-target from 20 yards out, while Salcido’sshot from Herrera’s lay-off went just wide.
The last chance of the half was with Neymar, with an audacious, dipping 30-yard effort, which Corona did well to palm away.
As expected, Brazil came out in the second half firing on all cylinders, but Mexico again stood firm to frustrate them.Neymar saw another effort swerve wide of Corona’s right hand post, while the keeper also had to punch away Oscar’s cross from the lurking Damiao.
There was another chance for Neymar to level affairs when the ball fell to him in the box after a goalmouth scramble, but he blazed over.

The time finally came for Mexico to push forward, and Fabiansomehow got ahead of the retreating Thiago Silva in the box to see his bicycle kick crash against the crossbar, after Gabriel had pushed the ball away.
Menezes brought on Alexandre Pato to add more firepower to his forward line, but three minutes later his side found themselves with a mountain to climb.
Fabian whipped in a free kick and the impressive Peralta escaped his marker to power home a header, with the jubilation of the Mexican following in full voice. The Mexican forward was superb and undoubtably the man of the match after giving amasterclass in centre-forward play.
Brazil threw the kitchen sink at the Mexican defence, along with the fridge and the oven but they were unfazed. The lack of creative spark in the Brazilian team was remarkable for the amount of players on the pitch renowned for their attacking presence and skill, and the dim light in the team that was Hulk scored what was only a consolation; when he half-volleyed past Corona after Marcelo’s long range pass.
He turned provider when his dipping cross was met by the head of Oscar, but the former Internacional player somehow glanced it over when it was probably easier to score. Take nothing away from Mexico. It was their day.


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