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Olympics 2012 Men's Football Results: Mexico Defeats Japan, 3-1, to Advance to Gold Medal Match

By: Elliot Olshansky


Source: www.sportsworldreport.com



In a historic Olympic men's football tournament - for the first time, no team from Europe advanced to the semifinals - Japan was on its way to some history of its own at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, hoping to join the reigning Women's World Cup champion Japanese women's team as the first nation to send both of its football teams to the Olympic final in the same year.


Mexico, however, had other ideas, stunning the stingy Japanese defense for three goals en route to a 3-1 win at Wembley, advancing to the gold medal match.


Japan opened the scoring in the 12th minute with the third goal of the tournament for Yuki Otsu. Otsu roofed the ball into the top right corner of the net, leaving Mexican goaltender Jose Corona helpless to stop it.


The Mexicans answered 20 minutes later with a goal by Marco Fabian. Giovani dos Santos delivered excellent service on a corner kick, and a header by Jorge Enriquez put the ball in great position for his Chivas de Guadalajara teammate Fabian, who headed the ball past a helpless Shuichi Gonda for the goal, the first tally scored against the Japanese in these Olympic Games.



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