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August 1, 2012 12:00 PM EDT
Millennium Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ R. Irmatov‎
Attendance:‬ 50000‎
69′ O. Peralta

Olympic Preview: Mexico - Switzerland

Luis Tena's men require a solitary point to ensure their progression into the quarterfinals while the Swiss must go for all three points if they are to qualify.

By Tom Rhodes

Giovani dos Santos, Mexico, Gabon
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Salcido, Mier, Chavez, Reyes
Vidrio, Ponce, Herrera, Aquino
Peralta, Dos Santos

Klose, Rodriguez, Schar, Affolter

Frei, Zubar, Buff, Abrashi
Mehmedi, Emeghera

Mexico appears to have no injury concerns ahead of its 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 Twitter, with Francois Affolter likely to come in to deputize. Oliver Buff could also return to midfield after serving his one-match suspension.

  • Despite this being its 10th Olympic games Mexico is yet to claim a medal for soccer.
  • 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, which has Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami currently on its books.
  • Switzerland’s only Olympic soccer medal came in 1924, a silver, following a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay in the final.
  • This is only the third time Switzerland has qualified for the Olympic soccer competition.
  • Switzerland coach Pierluigi Tami is assistant manager to Otmar Hitzfeld for the nation’s senior side.

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Olympic Games ‎(OLY)‎ Aug 1, 2012 Mexico U23 1 - Switzerland U-23 0
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12J. CoronaGoalkeeper
4H. MierDefender
5D. ChavezDefender
4D. ReyesDefender
15N. VidrioDefender
-C. SalcidoDefender
11J. AquinoMidfielder
14Jorge EnríquezMidfielder
-M. FabiánMidfielder
-O. PeraltaStriker
10Giovani dos SantosStriker
12A. RodriguezGoalkeeper
2I. JiménezDefender
17N. AraujoDefender
6H. HerreraMidfielder
16M. PonceDefender
7J. CortésStriker
-R. JiménezStriker
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
-Fabio DaprelàDefender
-Francois AffolterDefender
13Ricardo RodriguezDefender
15Timm KloseDefender
8Amir AbrashiMidfielder
9Fabian FreiMidfielder
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
14Steven ZuberMidfielder
7Innocent EmegharaStriker
11Admir MehmediStriker
1Benjamin SiegristGoalkeeper
-Fabian SchärDefender
17Michel MorganellaDefender
2Xavier HochstrasserMidfielder
-Oliver BuffMidfielder
-Alain WissMidfielder
-Josip DrmicStriker
Matchday 3
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Player   Goals Penalties
Leandro Damião Leandro Damião
6 0
Moussa Konaté Moussa Konaté
5 0
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Santos Laguna
4 0
Giovani dos Santos Giovani dos Santos
3 1
Neymar Neymar
3 1