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Mexico pulls upset, Brazil's nightmare continues
by Paul Kennedy, August 11th, 2012 12:15PM

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[OLYMPIC GOLD-MEDAL GAME] Mexico pulled one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Olympics when it beat Brazil, 2-1, in the men's gold-medal game at Wembley Stadium. Oribe Peralta was the hero for Mexico with two goals, the first after 30 seconds. The loss kept alive Brazil's record of never having won Olympic gold and will surely lead to the firing of its coach, Mano Menezes.

Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena said his team would need an "almost perfect" game to beat Brazil, and he got it from his team that was missing star Giovani dos Santos.

Brazil had scored scored three goals in each of its first five games but was shut out by the Tri until the first minute of stoppage time when Hulk scored. It had never looked capable of scoring on the sturdy Mexican defense anchored by goalie Jose Corona until Hulk's goal but then almost equalized when Chelsea-bound Oscar had an open header with 30 seconds to play that he was unable to put on target.

It was that kind of game for the Brazilian attack, which failed to live up to its reputation.

Brazil cracked under the pressure, conceding the quickest goal in the history of the Olympics when Manchester City right back Rafael turned the ball over, allowing Peralta to score.

A foul by Real Madrid's Marcelo set up a free kick for Perelman to make it 2-0 in the 75th minute with a open header.

Shortly thereafter, Rafael and teammate Juan started arguing with each other and had to be separated by English referee Mark Clattenburg.

"We all know that we need to win the gold," Menezes said the day before the final.

But like Romario, Ronaldo and many other Brazilian greats before them, Neymar and Co., came up short.



25 comments
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 11, 2012 at 6:20 p.m.
    I would have tl say the heroism was as great on the deensive side starting with Reyes and Corona. This was not as much o a huge upset. Mexico played as the one of 3-4 favorites to win gold. Mexico only gave up 3 goals in 6 games. Brazil gave up 5-6 with an easier road to gold with their defense not looking sharp and goaie nervous throughout. Mexico looks composed, mentally and physically strong in all age groups as of late. They have a physical trainer and t seems the psychological aspect is being addressed as well. Its abot time!! Usa, what are we waiting for?

  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: August 11, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.
    Mexico congrats! Everytime I see Mexico play Brazil, Mexico winw or give them a battle. Mexico definitely has Brazil's number!

  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: August 12, 2012 at 10 a.m.
    Congrats to Mexico. They are proving themselves at all levels of the game.Go back 15 years, where was Mexico on the world scene,for that matter, Japan,and S.Korea as well.Where was USA.Now,tell me that we(USA)are on the right track.

  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: August 12, 2012 at 2:23 p.m.
    This is a marker thrown down to the USA and the National Coaching Staff. Mexico are the real deal and one of the top teams in the world. I have no doubt that the US will respond, but it will take thinking outside of the current pay for play club model that has retarded our growth over the last decade.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 12, 2012 at 4:20 p.m.
    That wont happen soon. We are rewarding the Academy system where its all about pay to play, except for very few. Academy games are mostly the only place we see scouts for national teams or Usa.

  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.
    I agree with Luis. If you look at the US-23 that didn't even qualify, most of the defensive lapses were from physical denfenders with little tactical awareness. Once again, coaches choosing defender for physical strength over tactical and technical capabilities.

  1. Mario Araujo
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.
    @BillAnderson Pay for play is only one problem, the club system in So. California requires you to have 6 teams to play club and a field for an entire day. With field space at a premium in the inner city that puts club soccer out of the reach of 90% of the inner city players. I want to coach club but I prefer to work with the kids that cannot afford to play in club. My team can compete with any club team but we are not in the club system.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 12:46 p.m.
    Mario, therefore no chance for these kids in USMNT. We have to come up with a better system. Everybody knows this and it isnt hard but money rules. The best paying customers for Youth Soccer are in USA. Why mess with that money flow?? It is not good for any coach. I can easily see a scout giving Academies or big clubs preference when picking a player because that will ensure a great future possible opportunity for employment once he gets fired or chooses a change. Why? Because Big clubs/Academies want their name next to National Team Pool Players to market to new high end customers that want the same for their kids. You're kids would have to get noticed first by a Mexican Scout to get pursued by Usa scouts or go to an Academy.

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.
    Please don't bite on Luis', who never played the game, continued efforts to divide nationalities and races and his cries of victimhood. Go USA men and women regardless of race or ethnic background!!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.
    Oh Lordy Be! To Senor Hayes, can't you be just a tad bit positive???? Yes GO USA & BUENA SUERTE this Wednesday!!! P.S. Do you personally know Mr. Luis Arreola?

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.
    I was positive and complimented Mexico profoundly - I just don't think it is about race and player selection.

  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 3:34 p.m.
    I just want to say the US were big time underachievers, and most of that had to to do with their coach. I saw all the talent they have, and they already proved they can beat Mexico and Brazil. So although it's a big disappointment that they didn't qualify for the Olympics, it's promising they have some talent for the near future.

  1. Daniel Guzman
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 6:25 p.m.
    Anyone that thinks this was an upset should start paying attention to Mexican futbol more. This isn't a Golden Generation; it's a Golden moment for Mexico. The start of a turnaround that will no longer make it acceptable to seen as a middle if a road team or dark horse. Mexico won the U-17 World Cup last year as well....this is beyond a generation. This result was predicted and expected.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 13, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.
    Daniel, Mexico also won U23 Panamerican Olympics in beating Argentina in Final. They took 3rd in U20 World Cup. They won Toulon Tourney at U23 just before these last Olympics. Seniors beat Brazil just a month ago and look like they are getting better.

  1. Karl Ortmertl
    commented on: August 14, 2012 at 5:43 a.m.
    I don't find it as an upset. Mexico's youth teams have been dominant on the world stage recently, Mexico always plays Brazil tough and Mexico has been an underachiever on the world stage for quite some time. This is the beginning of what will be a nice run of tournaments for Mexico. They really are very good and it's good to see that it's now manifesting itself in medals in big tournaments. And, by the way, thanks Manchester United for not releasing Chicharito. I'm sure Man U. would not have held back young English players if England had had a chance in this tournament. It showed Mexico's depth of talent that they could win without him

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 14, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
    Karl, agreed. Good point about Chicharito and pets not forget they played without Dos Santos also vs Brazil.

  1. 0 M
    commented on: August 14, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.
    Carlos Vela did Brasil a favor not showing up either.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 14, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.
    The eye opener and biggest statement to take from this game is the fact that every Mexican player on this team plays on a Mexican League Team and beat mostly European based team players along with a top 5 player in the world and Brazil's best player as promoted in Neymar even though I think Hulk is a much more dangerous all around player. That speaks very well of the Mexican League and should put them a level up. Maybe there is no need to go to Europe to improve. The same could be said of Brazil and Argentina. What if somebody started a real Champions League in the Americas with Conmebol and Concacaf combined so we can keep all our players here and then promote a America's vs UEFA Champion's League Grand Final. That would boost our economy, push MLS to improve it's teams, help Brazil and Argentina keep all of it's best players eventually, bring up local ratings in all markets, considerably weaken UEFA Teams and even out the talent pool. Just an idea.

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: August 14, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.
    The biggest thing to take is not a separation of races and nationalities - the Europeans and Mexican leagues are good - congrats to both - I do wish race-baiters would stop criticizing everything that is in Europe and America - pity we can't end this race-separation ideology and this brazen racist attitude of 'weakening' European leagues.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 21, 2012 at 10:52 p.m.
    Gordon is racist.

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: August 22, 2012 at 9:18 p.m.
    Please don't bite on Luis', who never played the game, continued efforts to divide nationalities and races..............."Coach Luis believes and teaches his young players something that has been overlooked in American Soccer : Loyalty, Comradery, Honor." He feels nobody in the US teaches the virtues of loyalty, comradery, or honor and that apparently he is the only one.............And he feels "Very few in USA know much about soccer.".............Luis never played the game, hates white people, thinks only hispanics can play soccer well, is a daddy coach, cries racism and makes excuses when not enough hispanics are chosen for a US team - he is a victim and a race-baiter and a divisive element in the US - - a blind racist that will ALWAYS cheer for Mexico v the USA and who thinks his 'vast superior' knowledge of the game is earned simply by his ethnicity.....................Go USA women and men of all races!!!!

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 23, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.
    Go Mexico and Usa and down with racial execution , perescution and profiling.

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: August 23, 2012 at 11:28 p.m.
    Race-baiting and victimhood - Luis continues his racial divide and his superiority based on ethnicity.............In the end, always remember Luis never played the game, is just a daddy coach, and thinks "Very few in USA know much about soccer."........Pity he has the ability to influence young soccer players.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 24, 2012 at 9:16 a.m.
    Gordon, I am a daddy coach that didnt play pro or college but I did play. Thats called honesty but you will attack that anyway. Keep reading my website and lets see if you will also post my layers achievement s. Te best coaches in the world many times were not the best players. Not even close. The ability to teach and influence in no way goes hand in hand with your ability to play. A college grad should know this.

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: August 24, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.
    Please don't bite on Luis', who never played the game, continued efforts to divide nationalities and races..............."Coach Luis believes and teaches his young players something that has been overlooked in American Soccer : Loyalty, Comradery, Honor." He feels nobody in the US teaches the virtues of loyalty, comradery, or honor and that apparently he is the only one.............And he feels "Very few in USA know much about soccer.".............Luis never played the game, hates white people, thinks only hispanics can play soccer well, is a daddy coach, cries racism and makes excuses when not enough hispanics are chosen for a US team - he is a victim and a race-baiter and a divisive element in the US - - a blind racist that will ALWAYS cheer for Mexico v the USA and who thinks his 'vast superior' knowledge of the game is earned simply by his ethnicity.....................And his quote about the difference between truth and deceit - "not a big deal"...........................Go USA women and men of all races!!!!


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