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  • 1 August 2012
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Mexico - Switzerland Preview: El Tricolor need just a draw to secure qualification

Mexico - Switzerland Preview: El Tricolor need just a draw to secure qualification

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LuisTena's men require a solitary point to ensure their progression into the quarter-finals while the Swiss must go for all three points if they are to qualify

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MEXICO

Corona
Salcido, Mier, Chavez, Reyes
Vidrio, Ponce, Herrera, Aquino
Peralta, Dos Santos
SWITZERLAND

Benaglio
Klose, Rodriguez, Schar, Affolter

Frei, Zubar, Buff, Abrashi
Mehmedi, Emeghera

Mexico appear to have no injury concerns ahead of their final group game, but Giovani dos Santos’ two goals against Gabon should see him start ahead of the ineffectual Marco Fabian.

Switzerland will be without Michel Morganella following his expulsion from the squad for using racist language targeted at Group B opponents South Korea on social networking site Twitter, with Francois Affolter likely to come in to deputise. Oliver Buff could also return to midfield after serving his one-match suspension.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Despite this being their 10th Olympic games Mexico are yet to claim a medal for football.
  • A medal at London 2012 would see El Tricolor become the first Concacaf representative to win one.
  • Giovanni dos Santos is the only player in Mexico’s 18-man squad based outside of the country, in contrast only eight of the Swiss squad are based in their native league.
  • Mexico’s most-capped player at the tournament, Carlos Salcido, had a spell with Premier League side Fulham, who have Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami currently on their books.
  • Switzerland’s only Olympic football medal came in 1924, a silver, following a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay in the final.
  • This is only the third time Switzerland have qualified for the Olympic football competition.
  • Switzerland coach Pierluigi Tami is assistant manager to Otmar Hitzfeld for the nation’s senior side.
  • Second-choice goalkeeper Benjamin Siegist is currently contracted to Premier League side Aston Villa.

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Available Squads
-J. CoronaGoalkeeper
3C. SalcidoDefender
4H. MierDefender
5D. ChavezDefender
13D. ReyesDefender
15N. VidrioDefender
8M. FabiánStriker
11J. AquinoMidfielder
14Jorge EnríquezMidfielder
-O. PeraltaStriker
10Giovani dos SantosStriker
12A. RodriguezGoalkeeper
2I. JiménezDefender
16M. PonceDefender
17N. AraujoDefender
-H. HerreraMidfielder
7J. CortésStriker
18R. JiménezStriker
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
3Fabio DaprelàDefender
5Francois AffolterDefender
-Ricardo RodriguezDefender
15Timm KloseDefender
-Amir AbrashiMidfielder
9Fabian FreiMidfielder
-Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
14Steven ZuberMidfielder
7Innocent EmegharaStriker
-Admir MehmediStriker
-Benjamin SiegristGoalkeeper
-Fabian SchaerDefender
17Michel MorganellaDefender
2Xavier HochstrasserMidfielder
-Oliver BuffMidfielder
6Alain WissMidfielder
-Josip DrmicStriker
Players to Watch
Giovani dos Santos
Giovani dos Santos
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
5 3 0 0
Dos Santos’ lack of opportunities at Tottenham is surprising considering the young forward possesses an abundance of pace, technique and skill. A product of the much revered Barcelona academy La Masia, Dos Santos made his Barca debut aged just 18. Seven days later his debut for Mexico followed and the 23-year-old has since gone on to gain 59 caps scoring 14 goals.

Dos Santos has yet to start a game at London 2012 but will be full of confidence following his two goals from the bench in El Tricolor’s previous game against Gabon.
Fabian Frei
Fabian Frei
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0

The product of Basel’s youth set-up, Frei was a hugely influential in his side’s Champions League progression, scoring three goals in the group stages - most notably in an exhilarating 3-3 draw at Old Trafford, which contributed to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side’s early exit from the competition.

The forward-thinking right midfielder can always cause a threat, and will be keen to impress in a possibly last outing at the Olympics.
Prediction
Switzerland have no choice but to come out and attack their opponents knowing that only a win will see them progress to the quarter-finals.

Mexico will need to avoid resting on their laurels by settling for a draw and instead may look to play on the counterattack looking to take advantage of spaces left in behind the Swiss defence. A pacy forward line fronted by an in-form Giovani dos Santos should be the difference between the two sides.
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