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August 7, 2012
• 12:00 PM
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: G. Rocchi
• Attendance: 82372
M. Fabián 31'
O. Peralta 65'
J. Cortés 90'+
Y. Otsu 12'
I'm Eric Gomez, you can follow me @goaleric and I'm asking you to stay tuned to Goal.com where we'll have a match report, match ratings and post-game reactions from the protagonists up very quickly.
And it's over! CONCACAF will have two teams in the soccer finals at London! After the US women drop Canada in the semifinals, Mexico has beaten Japan on the men's side to play in their first ever Olympic final!
90' + 3'
Assist O. Peralta
90' + 3'
Goal J. Cortés
90' + 3'
Javier Cortes takes a pass off the wing and pulls into the box, dragging two defenders along with him. The goalkeeper fails to get off his line and Cortes puts it low and past for the go-ahead goal.
90' + 2'
JAVIER CORTES HAS PUT THE GAME AWAY! GOAL FOR MEXICO! IT'S 3-1, AND MEXICO WILL PLAY IN THE GOLD MEDAL GAME!
90' + 2'
Goal kick for Mexico.
90' + 1'
All of Japan is pushing up now for the final chances of the game. Can they pull off a last minute miracle?
Three more minutes of drama here in Wembley!
Corona is taking his sweet time to get his goal kick off after a failed Japanese attack. Into injury time now.
Javier Aquino will vacate the pitch and Javier Cortes will take his place.
Aquino had it! It was surely the clincher! Peralta passes back to a wide open Aquino who volleys it up and over. Mexico is counterattacking well after Japan loses control in the middle of the pitch.
Saito! Curls his shot over the bar! Japan is getting closer in the late going.
Japan has now run out of substitutions.
Mexico is dangerously allowing possession to be dominated by Japan towards the end of the match here.
Hiram Mier struggles to clear a long, vertical pass for Japan, but the ball comes off a Japanese player and Mexico gains a throw-in.
Kenyu Sugimoto also comes on for Japan, which means that the Asian powerhouse will have three strictly offensive players to try and tie it up.
Throw-in and substitution for Japan. Usami comes in.
Japan pouring it on now with deft wing play and speed, trying to get back in the game as soon as possible.
Yamaguchi! Long volley that goes over Mexico's goal. Japan is really trying to get back into this as soon as possible.
Yellow Card M. Fabián
Yellow card pulled out for Hiram Mier after a foul.
Corner kick for Japan, who is now kicking it into high gear to draw level.
Aquino gives to Peralta outside the box and the Santos man speeds into the box to fire a rocket past the Japanese keeper to make it 2-1.
Goal O. Peralta
ORIBE PERALTA! GOAL! MEXICO HAS TAKEN THE LEAD!
Game's fallen into a midfield lull as both teams are at a stalemate defensively. Mexico handling a bit more of possession at this stage.
Oh, Jimenez! Great volley past the post that wouldn't have counted anyway as the Club America striker is called offside.
Peralta wins it in midfield and Mexico is able to counterattack with Jimenez. Fabian almost loses it off a good pass to the left wing, but gives to Salcido. The ball is rejected off a cross trying to find Jimenez in the box.
Yellow Card Hiroki Sakai
Foul on Marco Fabian and we will see the game's first yellow card on Sakai.
Now Japan get a chance to push forward with Otsu who passes it to the right wing onto Sakai, but Mexico returns and sends it out to touch.
Jimenez is now fouled but Mexico has an advantage played through. Aquino finds Jimenez up front who passes to Peralta but the opportunity is nicely stuffed by Japan's defense.
Raul Jimenez is called for a foul as he blocks Japan's goalkeeper in the six-yard box.
Mexico wins a corner kick.
Nagai handles it with his hand after a long pass gets away from him on the wing.
Japan! Over the bar! Great pass into the box by Otsu and Yamaguchi pushes his shot over the top of Corona's goal.
Diego Reyes complains of being struck in the face by a Japanese player, but no foul is called.
Chaton Enriquez shoved it out after the cross tried to find a Japanese header.
Corner kick for Japan.
Giovani dos Santos
The second half is underway!
Mexico will make a change. Giovani dos Santos will exit for Raul Jimenez. A possible injury?
Wembley's getting set for the second half. Teams are back on the field.
That's it for the first half! Mexico and Japan finish a great first half and make it 1-1 after the first 45 minutes.
Looks like we'll get an extra minute here.
Higashi is dispossessed again in midfield by Salcido. The crafty veteran is having his best game of the tournament.
Sakai gets a throw-in for Japan, and Higashi is immediately dropped by Peralta. Rough foul in midfield.
Aquino is becoming a bigger player as time goes on in this game. Defending on the wings has been shoddy for Japan and Mexico is finding all sorts of space on either side.
Chavez on the left wing finds Fabian who cuts into the middle before changing play to Giovani and Aquino on the right side. Aquino finds space and gets a cross off but Chavez is not able to shoot. Throw-in to Mexico.
The game has been kicked up several notches here in Wembley. Both teams are confident, and Japan will be pressured to attack a bit more.
OH, GIOVANI! So close to taking the lead! Gio gets off to the left side with ease and takes it in towards the Japan goal. The Tottenham player chips it over the keeper but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Assist Jorge Enríquez
Goal M. Fabián
GOAL! MEXICO! MARCO FABIAN!
Gio takes the corner correctly, Mier brushes it to Fabian and the Chivas man slams it in from two yards out. It's all tied up!
Yoshida gives up a corner after Peralta was close to cutting into the box. Giovani dos Santos to take it.
Mier tosses a floated pass into Aquino but it's too long for the Cruz Azul winger and the opportunity is lost.
Aquino gets into the box and the ball is bounced around getting to Giovani, who shoots from twelve yards out and juuuuuuust bends it past the post. This was Mexico's best opportunity so far, and they didn't take it.
Japan encroaching on Mexican territory now with Nagai, who is stopped by Darvin Chavez and slams it off Nagai to win a throw-in.
Otsu loses it to Hiram Mier and Mexico finds Giovani dos Santos on the right wing. A great backheel frees him up but Japan is able to clear for a throw-in.
Japan steals it in midfield and has a chance to counterattack, but the chance is missed when Diego Reyes cuts a cross down.
Marco Fabian! A good combination play with Darvin Chavez and Gio results in the Chivas forward having a shot on goal that's easily saved.
Diego Reyes surprises the Japanese defense by pushing up front and playing a one-two with Giovani dos Santos. However, the Tottenham player's pass is a touch too long and the keeper comes out to gather it.
Mexico is content with trying the long ball with every possession, forgoing most of their midfield machine. Hasn't worked too well so far.
Oh, so close! Mexico lacking that final touch as they had found Javier Aquino on the wing. Aquino cuts in and tries to find Gio dos Santos in the box, but his pass is short.
Sakai pushes the ball to the wing and a shot is blocked in the middle of the box by Carlos Salcido. Another close call for Mexico.
Enriquez is the focal point of Mexico's midfield early on, and the Chivas man is doing a great job of linking up with Fabian and Gio. Japan, however, is using its lead to smartly sit back and wait on Mexico's attacks.
Mexico trying to reply now, Jorge Enriquez dummies a defender but Japan is too well positioned in the back and El Tri are forced to try a long cross that's defended appropriately.
What a goal from Otsu, who takes it first time, lifts the pass up to volley and then slams it across goal to beat Corona and give Japan the lead.
Assist Keigo Higashi
Goal Yuki Otsu
OTSU!! GOAL! JAPAN! What a shot!
Diego Reyes is called for a foul on Nagai. Free kick for Japan.
Gio finds Marco Fabian open in space but the Chivas man tries to thread it to Oribe Peralta who can't get to the ball.
Tough spot for Japan, who is doing a good job of counterattacking, but they do not have a way to crack Mexico's last defensive line so far. Diego Reyes stuffs Otsu on his way towards the box.
Marco Fabian had an interesting chance there as Enriquez filtered a pass to him off to the wing. He slams his shot off Suzuki and gets a throw-in.
Dangerous through ball there. Corona takes the ball right off of Nagai's boots after the ball cuts into the box.
Corner is fired in and Corona takes it without too much hassle. Giovani dos Santos steers the ball on a counterattack and loses it about 3/4 of the way to Japan's goal, as Hiroki Sakai dispossesses him.
And Japan replies with a Kiyotake screamer outside the box. That caught Corona off-guard and almost sneaked inside the post. The Cruz Azul goalkeeper is not happy after a corner is called.
Oribe Peralta! The game's first dangerous opportunity falls to the boots of the Santos Laguna striker, who fires over Gonda's bar. That could have been 1-0 easily.
Japan doing more of the chasing here to start the game as Mexico is controlling possession from the get-go, not too much to show for it yet through as surprisingly, Mexico is forgoing its short pass style to go for longer crosses.
Mexico pressing on Japan's side of the pitch to start the game, Aquino gets a little too over-eager chasing down a loose ball and commits the game's first foul.
And we're off! Mexico in all-white kits today while Japan comes out with its usual navy blue combination.
Just about ready to go here. Mexico and Japan will fight it out for the first spot in the gold medal game. Excitement is palpable as fans start to chant out for their countries.
Mexico is not along at Wembley. A sizable contingent of Tri fans are out here in full force.
It's national anthem time for the first semifinal match of the men's football side of things. Really exciting pair of matches yesterday that sees one CONCACAF team make it to the gold medal game. Will the same happen here today?
Japan's starting lineup is comprised of: Gonda, Muramatsu, Yoshida, Otsu, Yamamura, Sakai, Suzuki, Usami, Yamaguchi, Sugimoto, Saito.
Starting lineups are set. Mexico comes out with Corona; I Jiménez, Mier, Reyes, Chávez, Enríquez, Salcido, Dos Santos, Fabián, Aquino and Peralta.
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary for Mexico and Japan's semifinal clash here in London 2012.
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