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  • August 1, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: R. Irmatov
  • • Attendance: 50000

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



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

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.

  • 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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Olympic Games ‎(OLY)‎ Aug 1, 2012 Mexico U-23 1 - Switzerland U-23 0
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12J. CoronaGoalkeeper
-C. SalcidoDefender
21H. MierDefender
5D. ChavezDefender
4D. ReyesDefender
15N. VidrioDefender
8M. FabiánStriker
11J. AquinoMidfielder
14Jorge EnríquezMidfielder
-O. PeraltaStriker
10Giovani dos SantosStriker
12A. RodriguezGoalkeeper
2I. JiménezDefender
16M. PonceDefender
17N. AraujoDefender
6H. HerreraMidfielder
7J. CortésStriker
18R. JiménezStriker
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
-Fabio DaprelàDefender
-Francois AffolterDefender
13Ricardo RodriguezDefender
15Timm KloseDefender
-Amir AbrashiMidfielder
9Fabian FreiMidfielder
-Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
14Steven ZuberMidfielder
7Innocent EmegharaStriker
11Admir MehmediStriker
-Benjamin SiegristGoalkeeper
-Fabian SchaerDefender
17Michel MorganellaDefender
2Xavier HochstrasserMidfielder
-Oliver BuffMidfielder
-Alain 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
Fabian Frei
Fabian Frei
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0

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