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August 11, 2012
• 10:00 AM
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 86162
O. Peralta 1', 75'
I'm Eric Gomez, you can follow me on @goaleric. Don't forget to follow @GoalUSA on Twitter and on Facebook. Thank you, and have a great Saturday!
There is lots more here on Goal.com after this historic result. Stay tuned for the recap, match ratings, tons of reactions and more. Mexico is golden following a historic Olympic run.
Mano Menezes walks onto the pitch and shakes Tena's hand. It's a mob in the middle of the field for El Tri, which hangs its first gold medal around its neck. Brazil is stifled once more in its pursuit for gold.
IT'S ALL OVER. CELEBRATION EVERYWHERE FOR EL TRI!
MEXICO IS THE GOLD MEDAL WINNER.
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BRAZIL HAD IT! OSCAR WAS WIDE OPEN AND HEADS IT OVER THE BAR. NO ONE AROUND!
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One minute to go here.
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Mexico fans whistling for the end of the match. Hulk is dispossessed on the right side by Ponce.
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MARCO FABIAN! He had to bury that and put Mexico at ease. Steals it away on the right side, cuts into the box and fires in wide.
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Well into injury time now. Mexico is trying to clear the ball as far away as possible from its goal.
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Yellow CardLeandro Damião
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FInally, a counterattack breaks through for Brazil and Hulk gets it on the run of play, fools Corona with a deft right footed strike and makes it 2-1.
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IT'S NOT OVER YET! HULK SCORES AND CLOSES THE GAP FOR BRAZIL! 2-1
Leandro Damiao! So close to scoring Brazil's first goal. Hulk crosses in but Damiao whiffs on the header and no one else can close in and strike.
Oribe Peralta is urging fans to keep the noise levels up as he sits on the bench.
Yellow CardN. Vidrio
Yellow card for Nestor Vidrio, who mimes that Neymar slapped him on his way down.
Marco Fabian searching for a cross in the box, the ball is blocked by Thiago and almost finds its way back into Gabriel's net.
Marcelo spearing a counterattack now for Brazil. Neymar has it and gives it away. Mexico recovers and mounts its own attack.
Rafael looking very disappointed on the Brazilian bench. The Manchester United player was responsible for giving away the first goal of the match.
Mexico handling more of the ball now, Brazil has completely lost structure with so many attackers on the pitch.
Cross comes into Gabriel who takes it and moves the ball up front trying to set up an attack. Eventually, Corona has possession.
Raul Jimenez will replace Oribe Peralta, who gets a huge standing ovation.
Lucas will come on for the last stretch. Brazil is out of substitutions.
Short corner kick intended for someone to direct the ball into the net, but it's cleared.
Corner kick for Brazil.
Pato fires in a pass off a counterattack trying to find Neymar, but Corona is there to clear the ball away and end the threat. Mexico's captain showing the needed leadership to help his team during tough moments today.
No one player has scored a hat-trick in an Olympic final. Oribe Peralta is on the verge.
Counterattack from Mexico. Fabian, Enriquez and Peralta again. He tries to cut in and Silva clears for a corner kick.
Israel Jimenez gives it away but not before he is called by the Mexican bench to vacate his spot on the pitch for Vidrio.
Throw-in for Brazil as Mexico gets ready for its next substitution. It will be Nestor Vidrio coming on.
What a tournament from Jose de Jesus Corona. He comes out once again and plucks that ball out of the air.
Another corner kick for Brazil after Diego Reyes gets into it with Hulk after the Club América defender clears.
Corner kick for Brazil but Silva is late and is only able to get a shot off wide.
Mexico is definitely not out of the woods yet, but as we mentioned before, Brazil has opted to stack their deck with attackers. Tough going now if they suffer another counterattack.
Brazil is on the ropes now. Expect to see a glut of crosses and attempts from everywhere on the pitch these next 15 minutes.
Marco Fabian crossed in and Peralta strikes a STUNNING header past Gabriel. 2-0 to Mexico and Brazil is absolutely crushed.
ORIBE PERALTA HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! MEXICO SCORES! 2-0!
Foul on Marcelo, as Herrera struggled to get the ball from the Real Madrid defender.
Hard foul by Silva on Fabian.
Oscar fires from outside the box, it's blocked, he does it again! Shot is over the bar! Corner kick that's taken by Corona after a bad kick in.
FABIAN! AGAIN SO CLOSE! Gabriel came out with an absolutely awful run out to grab the corner kick, and the ball is headed on to Fabian who hits it over the bar.
Corner kick for Mexico.
Brazil is taking a gamble now. Alexandre Pato will come on, another striker, and we'll see a central midfielder, Sandro, come off.
Great dummy by Peralta yields a center in by Ponce but Marcelo clears.
Twice now Brazil fans have dealt with near-misses. Amazing match so far.
GOAL! CALLED BACK! ORIBE PERALTA HAD A BRACE!! No goal, it's offside and both fans cringe.
Brazil is starting to push on here and they've gotten another corner kick.
Foul by Diego Reyes. Hulk to take it on the right side. The Porto man will swing it in on a cross.
Damiao is stopped by Mier just six yards out of Mexico's goal. Brazil got too close for comfort there. Mier complains about being kicked on Damiao's follow through.
Brazil's pressure has subsided a bit in these past few minutes. The South Americans are a little more tentative after Fabian was able to get that screamer off.
Another defensive error by Brazil in the back, Fabian steals, takes Gabriel out, the goalkeeper is able to parry it slightly away and the Chivas man is forced to lay out and fire a bicycle kick which rattles Brazil's bar. 2-0 was there for Mexico.
OH MY! MARCO FABIAN PUTS IT OFF THE BAR AFTER A SPECTACULAR BICYCLE KICK!
Herrera called for a foul on Neymar. Mano Menezes is livid that his star is getting hacked.
Thiago Silva! The PSG defender saves a potential second goal as Oribe Peralta was getting ready to run onto Gabriel's goal.
Chavez to take a throw-in. Peralta finds Ponce on the left wing but now there are two defenders for each Mexican attacker. Salcido recovers in midfield.
Very dangerous for Mexico to think that they can win without the ball. Possession has been almost exclusively verdeamarelha in the second half.
Marco Fabian on the left side has a very good run but can't hook up with Chivas teammate Miguel Angel Ponce who doesn't follow through on his off-the-ball sprint.
Yellow CardI. Jiménez
Oh, strange combination of flubs in the box! Neymar takes a clearance from Chavez and gets the ball in the box for a clear chance. His shot goes over the bar.
Neymar with a piece of cotton in his nose to stop bleeding.
Oribe Peralta has a pass run on too long after Mexico controlled well in midfield for the first time. And now Neymar goes down after Israel Jimenez slams him down. Yellow card.
Sacramento-born Miguel Angel Ponce is coming in for Aquino now.
Javier Aquino is down now after taking a foul. It certainly seemed like the Cruz Azul man waited a few seconds to show that he had been hit. Brazil is complaining, the crowd is booing.
Neymar is ready to come back after being tended to by the touchline.
Play is restarted now with Mexico handling possession.
Backheel from Oscar to Marcelo, who gives it back and fires in a cross towards Neymar. Corona smashes into him as he punches the ball out, and Neymar has stopped play as the Santos player is flat on his back.
Mexico is trying to reply now. Peralta, Aquino and Fabian holding on to as much of the ball as they can before Brazil steals it again.
Enriquez gives it away in midfield and Neymar is wide open in the Mexican box, but he's called for offside.
Free kick for Mexico, almost at midfield.
Fancy stuff from Neymar who hides the ball from Enriquez and moves forward. Dangerous for Mexico if the South Americans continue to gain in confidence.
Neymar's shot is blocked! Another dangerous run by Neymar who is taking over Brazil's offense. He cuts inside the box guarded by three players, one of which slides in and takes the venom out of Ney's shot to Corona.
Oribe Peralta is unable to turn after receiving a pass from Aquino as Thiago Silva disarms him.
Corona picks off a cross from Oscar that was intended for Leandro Damiao.
Tons of pressure from Brazil to start the half here.
Brazil on the break! Neymar gets a great shot off outside of the Mexican box but his shot goes just over the bar. Great opportunity for the Selecao.
Yellow CardD. Reyes
Hulk fires it in but Jorge Enriquez is there to defend. Goal kick after the rebound is not well managed by the Porto star.
Diego Reyes is carded after a very dangerous foul on the edge of the Mexican box. Hulk the player that went down following the foul.
No subs appear to have taken place for Mexico or Brazil during the break. Remember, Brazil is down to two with Hulk's sub in.
Brazil gets us underway!
Huddles for both teams now before the start of the second half.
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A very British halftime, Queen's "We Will Rock You" is now blaring through the speakers. Who will be able to sing "We Are The Champions" after 90 minutes or even longer?
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Players are making their way back onto the field now after the break.
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We'll be back in a few minutes!
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Corona gets his goal kick off and Clattenburg whistles for the end of the first half. Mexico survives a late onslaught by Brazil and El Tri leads at Wembley. 1-0 to Mexico thanks to a quick Oribe Peralta goal.
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Rafael's cross is blocked by Chavez but Mexico can't exit their side of the pitch. Brazil steals now and Neymar gets his first shot off of the match, a very close effort that forces Corona to dive to his right.
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Foul for Brazil on their own side of the pitch. Thiago Silva takes it quickly and Brazil's attack is once again underway.
We'll have two minutes of injury time.
Backdoor header by Romulo but his attempt is wide after Neymar fires in the free kick.
Peralta fouls Oscar and Brazil has a new free kick.
Neymar on the left wing, fires in a cross that's blocked but Hulk still gets his head on it. Corona is great to position himself on that side and saves without a problem.
Marco Fabian is called for a foul, the Chivas man gestures that Clattenburg that Marcelo dived. Clattenburg mimes to him that he saw Fabian tug on the Brazilian's shirt.
Nevertheless, a yellow card for Real Madrid's Marcelo and now Mexico has a chance to curl in a free kick for a header.
Foul on Brazil and a yellow card for Marcelo, you tend to think that Clattenburg could have let play run though as Enriquez had an advantage following a pass to Herrera.
Damiao and Marcelo combine for a great opportunity! Damiao takes a great pass from Oscar in the box and just taps it back for Marcelo who fires wide of Corona's post. Tense moments here now for both teams.
Ooh, that one gets away from Herrera as he passes the ball out of the pitch for Brazil's throw-in.
Sandro is called for a foul on Oribe Peralta as the Santos Laguna player led a break for El Tri.
Oribe Peralta is sandwiched between two Brazilian defenders, no foul is called as the South Americans recover.
Hulk takes the corner kick himself but Enriquez is there to clear.
Hulk surprises Corona! A monster shot from about 35 yards out and Corona parries out for a corner kick.
Oscar gets into the box now after a deft Marcelo pass, he crossed to find Neymar but the ball is juuuuuust behind the Santos star. Mexico gets away with that one.
Neymar was easily 80 yards and with his back to Mexico's goal.
Neymar has to come back all the way to Brazil's side of the pitch to receive a pass, and can't get a good touch on the ball as Jimenez pressures him before yielding a throw-in for Brazil.
Goal kick for Gabriel after Chavez punts it out.
Aquino on the left side finds a charging Salcido who fires it past the post for a diving Gabriel. Good opportunity for Mexico, the execution was off.
Hulk's first touch in the box is defended very well by Jorge Enriquez, who steals it and moves forward to start Mexico's attack.
Marco Fabian tries his luck! The Chivas attacker shoots from 30 yards out after Fabian had cut in and left two defenders in his wake with a single move.
Corona and Mier are pressured by Hulk and Neymar. The Monterrey defender has to clear any way he can.
On the left wing, Aquino is stopped by Rafael and the Manchester United man hurries to take a throw-in so Brazil can get forward.
Menezes wasting no time in deciding he needs more firepower after falling behind early.
Peralta's pressure forces a Thiago Silva pass to go out and give Mexico a throw-in. Hulk will come in for Alex after 31 minutes.
Hulk is getting ready to come in. Looks like that first sub is forthcoming.
After the game's first half hour, Brazil has now recovered possession and is now slowly pressuring Mexico's side of the pitch.
Leandro Damiao is crushed in the middle of the field by Diego Reyes. Huge crowd reaction hoping to get a yellow card, but Clattenburg does not comply.
Clattenburg tells Oribe Peralta after a foul that he won't tolerate any more from him.
Chavez tries to disarm Romulo but can't, Oscar receives his pass and fires it into the box hoping for someone to receive, Mier is there to kick it out.
Menezes has called on Hulk to warm up already. Could we see a sub for Brazil before the first half is over?
Jimenez bests Neymar after Gabriel clears and the Santos star fouls his Mexican marker.
Herrera finds Aquino close to the box, Salcido takes a chance and fires outside the box but the ball is blocked, easy save for Gabriel.
Hector Herrera absolutely hounding whomever has the ball for Brazil. That pressure is paying off, Neymar just sent a 40-yard pass to no one that turns into a goal kick.
Enriquez between two defenders almost takes it into the box, Brazil recovers and Oribe Peralta is there to steal it, but he's called for a hand ball.
Marcelo will hang a throw-in from the left side, Mexico's defense eventually kicks the ball out into a another throw-in.
Neymar is stopped by Herrera in the middle of the field. Brazil will take its free kick from close to midfield.
Decisive Real Madrid influence in Tena's team today. Hector Herrera, Carlos Salcido and Jorge Enriquez are absolutely El Tri's version of the 'trivote', or three defensive midfielders who have offensive capabilities and push up front when needed.
Oribe Peralta's goal was the fastest Olympic strike since Brazil's Fabio Conceicao scored in the first minute in 1996.
Leandro Damiao gets a hold of his first one and fires it in to Corona, who saves his first shot.
Neymar is stuffed by three Mexican defenders. Relentless stuff from El Tri's defensive unit.
The shot will come in from Gabriel's left side, about 32 yards out from goal. Long shot that's blocked out.
Huge collision by Marco Fabian and Thiago Silva outside the Brazil box. After a few moments of consideration, Clattenburg calls a foul in Mexico's favor. Dangerous here for the Selecao.
Hand ball called on Leandro Damiao as the Tottenham target can't bring the ball down with his chest and uses his arm.
Rafael on the right side has a good ball played in. His cross is blocked by Aquino and the ball eventually runs out into a corner kick after Diego Reyes stops Romulo in the box.
Thiago Silva gets a long Mexican cross played in defense and heads it over to his teammate, Oribe Peralta was very close to ripping it away and having another great chance on goal.
Brazil moves its line up a little more to try and attempt the same type of pressure on the ball that Mexico has been exerting on them.
Brazil is still taking every one of Gabriel's goal kicks short, as evidenced by this last play that has the keeper push it out to Rafael, who is once again pressured greatly by Marco Fabian.
Neymar takes the free kick and fires it over the wall, Thiago Silva's header is over Corona's bar. Goal kick.
Rafael is dropped on Mexico's left side and a dangerous free kick comes from Aquino's foul.
Brazil gets its first attack off, as Oscar searches for Leandro Damiao, Mier has to beat Corona to the ball and clear for a throw-in.
Herrera is called for offside after a long pass searches for the Pachuca midfielder.
Brazil needs to clear long from goal kicks. Israel Jimenez just stripped Neymar again and Brazil was nearly caught off-guard a second time.
Mexico with a throw-in that looks for Javier Aquino, but the pass is too strong and exits the pitch. Goal kick for Brazil.
Neymar called for a foul after he lifts his leg just a little too high in trying to clear a ball.
Neymar strips it from Israel Jimenez and is now in possession on the left wing, but has to go back to Marcelo as Mexico positions itself well in the back.
A masterful strategy so far that Mano Menezes is struggling to get past. Mexico playing with nine players ahead of midfield now.
Goal kick for Mexico after Oribe Peralta can't control a pass. Mexico is pressuring every last Brazilian move and once again recover the ball in South American territory.
Samba drums and mariachi hats in full force today at Wembley. There appears to be a Mexican majority, but there's a great ambiance and support for both countries.
Juan Jesus picks up a knock and is being tended to on the sideline. It appears he has a bloody nose after a bit of contact. He's fine now and coming back onto the pitch.
Rafael is shown to have been the player who coughed up the ball to Oribe Peralta, who scored his third goal of the tournament.
Neymar gets first touch and tries to go up front when Hiram Mier is stopping him cold and recoups possession for Mexico.
A dream start for Mexico here, as Brazil is noticeably stunned. Luis Fernando Tena could not have written this script any better. Mexico is fired up and has the early advantage after playing some really smart soccer up front and forcing Brazil's weak defense into a mistake.
PERALTA HAS OPENED SCORING AFTER 32 SECONDS! GOAL FOR MEXICO!
The Santos Laguna striker picks off a defensive mishap off the left side and cuts in, beating Gabriel from outside the box and firing in his right-footed shot to make it 1-0.
Mexico gets the game started as Fabian and Peralta move the ball.
Mark Clattenburg, from Great Britain is the man in charge of today's match as the main referee.
Players emerge from their pre-game huddles and near the middle of the pitch.
And of course, the big story for Mexico is the fact that Giovani dos Santos is out. He's on the bench today but is not expected to play.
In the stands, the fans form "London 2012" with signs given to them prior to the start of the game. A beautiful spectacle for this gold medal match. The atmosphere is absolutely electric.
Brazil comes out with: Gabriel, Rafael, Thiago, Juan, Marcelo, Rómulo, Sandro, Alex, Oscar, Damiao and Neymar
Mexico's starting lineup is comprised of: Corona; I. Jiménez; Mier; Reyes; Chávez; Enríquez; Herrera; Salcido; Aquino; Fabián and Peralta
I'm Eric Gomez and it is national anthem time for Mexico here at Wembley.
We're finally here. The end of the road, as Mexico and Brazil face off for the gold medal at London 2012.
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