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  • 4 August 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 81855

Mexico - Senegal Preview: Diouf's side look to reach last four tournament for first time

Mexico - Senegal Preview: Diouf's side look to reach last four tournament for first time

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Luis Tena's side look to maintain unbeaten record in the competition without conceding a goal so far but will have work cut out against current top-scorer Moussa Konate


Mexico U-23
Reyes, Mier, Chavez, Salcido
Vidrio, Aquino, Enriquez, Peralta
Fabian, Dos Santos

  Senegal U-23
P Gueye, Toure, Mbodji, Souare
S Mane, Diame, Kouyate, Badji
Konate, M Gueye

Mexico may stick with the same team that beat Switzerland 1-0 in their last group game as manager Luis Tena has no injury worries going into the game. However midfielder Hector Herrera and defender Miguel Ponce could push for a place in the starting XI.

Likewise Senegal have no new injury worries following their draw against the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. Everton striker Magaye Gueye are expected to start for boss Abdoukarime Diouf for the second consecutive game and West Ham midfielder Mohamad Diame is set to continue in to play in the heart of midfield.


  • Mexico are yet to concede a goal at the tournament, a streak that has spanned three matches and 270 minutes.  They along with Japan are the only team to have this record.

  • Tottenham’s Giovani Dos Santos has netted two goals for the Mexicans in the competition so far and both came in their 2-0 win over Gabon.

  • Mexico’s best finish in the Olympics was when they finished fourth in the 1968 games.

  • The two sides have met only once, with Mexico winning the encounter 1-0 in a friendly game in May 2010.

  • Senegal have never reached the quarter-finals of the Olympic games before.

  • Moussa Konate (pictured right) is the top-scorer in the tournament so far with four goals in his three games.

  • Only keeper Ousmane Mane from Senegal squad ply’s his trade in his home country, the rest play in teams from 10 different nations across Europe.  

  • The winner of this game will play either Japan or Egypt in the last four of the competition at Old Trafford next Tuesday.

Players to watch

G. dos Santos

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Tottenham man has undoubted quality but hasn’t been able to show that for Spurs in the Premier League. He’ll be desperate to show his talent to English crowds at Wembley and with two goals already to his name he will definitely cause problems for Senegal with his pace and skill.

M. Konaté

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 19-year-old has been in red hot form so far in the tournament with four goals. He’s been the star of the competition and real surprise package. The striker’s shown predatory instincts in and around the box so the Mexicans must be alert to his threat if they want to advance to the semi-finals.

Editor's Prediction

Senegal have looked good in the tournament so far and have shown they can score goals. Mexico, however, are yet to concede so we could be in for a very interesting game. Expect Senegal just to knick this one with the firepower they have at their disposal.

Mexico 0-1 Senegal

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Mexico Under 23 MEX
Mexico Under 23 Mexico U23
Senegal Under 23 SEN
Senegal Under 23 Senegal U23

Top 3 Predictions

Mexico Under 23 MEX
2 - 0
Senegal Under 23 SEN
Mexico Under 23 MEX
2 - 1
Senegal Under 23 SEN
Mexico Under 23 MEX
1 - 2
Senegal Under 23 SEN