Brazil will take on Mexico in the final of the Under-23 football tournament in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Wembley on Saturday after winning their semi-final clashes on Tuesday.
Brazil held off a determined performance from South Korea to emerge 3-0 winners at Old Trafford. South Korea looked the better side at the start of both halves, but Brazil edged in front seven minutes before the break with a low Romulo drive after a quick break.
Leandro Damiao then put Brazil in complete control as he completed a brace with goals in the 57th and 64th minutes.
Mexico had earlier come from behind to defeat Japan 3-1 in the day’s other semi-final at Wembley. With Japan having taken an early lead through a fine strike from Yuki Otsu, Mexico responded in fine style, equalizing before the break as lively forward Marco Fabian headed home a Giovani dos Santos corner after a Jorge Enriquez flick-on.
Mexico further imposed themselves on the game in the second-half and were rewarded with two more fine goals. With 25 minutes remaining, Oribe Peralta capitalised on a Japanese defensive error to win possession and curl a fine effort into the top-corner.
Mexico looked to be playing out the win comfortably, but added extra gloss to the victory in the final-minute when Javier Cortes fired home after a powerful run down the right.
Mexico headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London looking to vindicate their side after what turned out to be a disappointingly lukewarm campaign in the last Olympic football competition in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Heck, it was so disappointing that they didn’t even made it to Beijing for crying out loud, crashing out of the qualifying stages after failing to progress beyond the first phase.
Now they have a chance to change that with a win over Brazil.Comments