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BLEACHER REPORT: Mexico vs. Switzerland: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview for Olympics

By: Alec Nathan


Source: Rosarito Town Crier


 


The 2012 London Olympic games are finally here. Starting July 26, group play in men's soccer will get underway, and Group B, which is looking quite competitive, will be home to some of the tournament's most intriguing matches.

 

On the final day of group play, Mexico, who are widely considered the favorites to emerge from Group B, will take on Switzerland in what could be a decisive duel.

 

Here's all you need to know about Mexico vs. Switzerland at the 2012 Olympic games.

Where: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

When: Wednesday, August 1, 12 PM EST

Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra

TV: NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

 

History


Neither Mexico nor Switzerland have a storied history in Olympic soccer, but that doesn't mean greatness can't be achieved in 2012. According to NBCOlympics.com, Switzerland has medaled only once in men's soccer, capturing the silver medal in Paris in 1924. Although the Swiss have not had any recent Olympic success, their second-place finish at the 2011 U-21 European Championships bodes well for their prospects in London. As for Mexico, they have never medaled at the Olympics. With that said, they appear to have a very strong chance of doing so at this year's games. Possessing a roster loaded with young talent, expect Mexico to be firmly in the mix for a medal as the knockout rounds get underway during the first week of August.

 

Players to Watch


Giovani dos Santos: With world-renowned striker Javier Hernandez sidelined due to injury, Giovani Dos Santos will assume the role of primary goal scoring threat throughout the Olympic games. Still just 23 years old, Dos Santos is a star in the making, although his statistics with his European club would appear to indicate otherwise. Dos Santos failed to receive consistent minutes under Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp, but could be in line for a bump in playing time with new manager Andre Villas-Boas. Dos Santos has recorded three goals so far this year in international play, and it's safe to say you can expect to see more of the same as the Olympics get underway.

 

Diego Benaglio:


When analyzing Switzerland's U-23 roster, not many names jump off the page. However, one player added as an over-age selection could have a profound impact. 28-year-old staring goalkeeper Diego Benaglio should be key to a Swiss revival at the 2012 Olympics games. The starting keeper for VfL Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga, Benaglio has established himself as a steady presence in net. In 32 starts last season, Benaglio recorded 106 saves, good for ninth in all of the Bundesliga. With a squad that isn't exactly replete with offensive weapons, Benaglio should be key to advancing past the group stage.

 

Prediction: Mexico win, 2-0.


In this meeting of contrasting styles, Mexico's offense figures to be a tall order for a fairly stout Swiss defense. Being the final game of Group B play, Switzerland may be desperate for a win, which could open up the field a bit, allowing Mexico to see some extra opportunities at goal. Mexico may be in position to take a draw and still advance to the knockout stage, but I expect an outright victory from Dos Santos and the Mexicans.

 

 

 

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