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August 4, 2012
• 9:30 AM
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 81855
J. Enríquez 10'
J. Aquino 62'
G. dos Santos 98'
H. Herrera 109'
M. Konaté 69'
I. Baldé 76'
Amazing, what an exciting match. I'm Eric Gomez (@goaleric) and I'm signing off. Stay tuned for match reports, reactions and other great stuff here on Goal.com.
And that will do it! Mexico is through! 4-2 is your final score.
However, they battled back and with the help of some awful Senegalese defending, Mexico scores twice and is now close to the semifinals.
Mexico has to really feel relieved at this result, being up 2-0, they allowed confidence to set in and Senegal took advantage.
Ba will see that yellow card thanks to a hard foul on Giovani dos Santos.
Yellow Card Abdoulaye Ba
Ba with his third yellow of the tournament.
Ba with another risky pass back to Mane. Defensive debacle for Senegal in the second half.
Balde, close to his second goal! The Osasuna striker takes it in the box and fires a swooping shot just over the bar! Corner kick for Senegal, as Reyes is judged to have touched that.
Adboulaye Ba with a howler of a pass back to his goalkeeper, he's stripped by Raul Jimenez who chips past Mane for Herrera to slam it home with a header. Has this one sealed it for Mexico?
Goal H. Herrera
GOAL! MEXICO! ANOTHER HUGE MISTAKE FOR SENEGAL! AND MEXICO PUTS ITS FOURTH GOAL IN THE BACK OF THE NET!
Kara looks to be the one to take this, but there are a pair of players around the ball as well.
Free kick, a dangerous one for Senegal.
Senegal loses possession off a throw-in, tough break and frustration is evident despite the fact there's still a ways to go in Wembley.
Teams are turned around and the second half starts.
105' + 1'
Corner kick, Senegal.
One minute of injury time.
Yellow Card H. Herrera
CORONA! WHAT A STOP! Senegal had their third on Kara's boots off a blistering right-footed strike, but Corona dives to his left and parries away.
Giovani trying to do everything now for Mexico, he's dipping back in defense and recovering balls, distributing a pass for Salcido and pushing up front.
Left-footed strike from Dos Santos, who will watch how Marco Fabian exits after 99 minutes in favor of Miguel Ponce.
Goal Giovani dos Santos
Great , heads up play by Giovani defensively, stripping it from Senegal in the box and then has a clear path to beat Mane with a sublime strike. GOAL! MEXICO! GIOVANI DOS SANTOS! 3-2!
Miguel Ponce getting ready to come on.
All Mexico in these first few minutes, Senegal has barely had a chance to hold it.
Mane, Senegal's goalkeeper, is down for treatment.
MARCO FABIAN HAD IT! WIDE OPEN on the left side, Fabian taps when he should've used a bit more power and Senegal is saved.
HECTOR HERRERA! The midfielder took a pass from Peralta at the top of the box and lets off a shot that could have easily sneaked inside the post.
Early foul in favor of Mexico. Enriquez moves it and Marco Fabian takes a long pass on the left wing. The ball finds its way to Peralta, who shoots from far out but forces a diving save.
Mexico to move it, and we're underway!
Almost ready to go here for the first half of extra time.
90' + 5'
And that's it. Regulation time is over and we'll move into extra time at Wembley.
90' + 4'
One more minute will be added on thanks to a Senegalese injury.
90' + 2'
ORIBE PERALTA! The Santos Laguna striker was close to winning it late. Cross in from Giovani dos Santos and Peralta's header goes just wide.
Four more minutes to be played here.
Late sub for Senegal.
Corner kick for Senegal.
Play is resumed and Mexico gives up possession a touch after the throw-in.
Oribe Peralta has just run over Senegal's goalkeeper, who's now being tended to on the grass.
Corner kick for Mexico.
Mexico is crowding the Senegal area in search of a good throw-in or pass in after the fact.
Giovani dos Santos is onside on a long pass, and he's through! Oh, the pass is too long and Senegal sends it out for a throw-in.
Souare picks up a yellow card for kicking Herrera in the face.
Yellow Card P. Souaré
Mexico takes a free kick near midfield.
Opportunity missed for Senegal as Balde fires one way over the bar.
Mexico is playing with three defensive midfielders now in Salcido, Enriquez and Herrera.
Giovani dos Santos finds Herrera with an interesting pass but the ball goes right past the Pachuca midfielder.
Assist P. Souaré
GOAL! SENEGAL! TIES IT UP!
Balde, the 6'3" Osasuna player has come off the bench and put on the hero hat. Takes the corner cross and slams in a header.
Corner kick for Senegal as Herrera gets his first touch on the ball.
Yellow Card Zargo Touré
Mexico going negative. Javier Aquino will leave and Hector Herrera will come in, a clear defensive move.
Yellow Card I. Jiménez
Yellow card for Jimenez, and moments later Senegal picks up a caution.
DIVING HEADER FROM SENEGAL! And so close... Mexico needs to wake up and do it fast, as Senegal has gained confidence.
That was the first goal scored against Mexico in 339 minutes.
Well, game on. It looked like Mexico was pulling away with this one but Senegal's attitude and talent finally produces a goal despite Corona's great form.
Assist P. Souaré
Goal Moussa Konaté
GOAL! SENEGAL PULLS ONE BACK! AND KONATE FINALLY DOES IT!
Mexico gives up its first goal of the tournament as Konate wins a header off a great cross and slams it in to the second post.
Peralta's shot is saved, but Mexico is turning on the style now.
How important has Jose de Jesus Corona been for Mexico, folks? Another save off a Konate header. Frustration evident on Konate's face.
Enriquez loses it in the back but Jimenez hustles back to prevent any danger.
A series of bounces and unclear play in the box after Oribe Peralta gets a shot off the goalkeeper's body, Aquino finally grabs hold of it after the ball ping-pongs around in the box and slams it in the back of the net.
Goal J. Aquino
GOAL! MEXICO! JAVIER AQUINO MAKES IT 2-0! A huge dagger for Senegal in the early second half.
Yero comes off for the 6'3" Balde, the Osasuna man.
Khalidou Coulibaly Yero
Substitution getting ready from the Senegal bench now.
Oribe Peralta commits a foul and Senegal has a free kick from their own side of the pitch.
And another save from Corona!
Corona saved Souare's header right on the line. The shot came from barely five yards out. An amazing stop by the Cruz Azul goalkeeper.
Free kick for Senegal as Yero is knocked off the ball by Salcido. Senegal takes it quickly and CORONA DOES IT AGAIN! He has foiled Senegal time and again today!
Replay shows Giovani was trying to pass it to Fabian instead of getting the shot off.
And now Mexico with some good opportunities in front of goal, Giovani dos Santos tried to brush it past the goalkeeper but it was parried away.
Yellow Card Khalidou Coulibaly Yero
SO CLOSE! Senegal almost tied it up. Kouyate found some space in the box and took a great shot that nearly went in.
Yellow card comes out after a big kick on Salcido. Yero is the guilty party.
Senegal has had a near-monopoly on possession in the early going. Again, it looks a lot like the African side is trying to build attacks with more patience this time around rather than depend on pure speed.
Senegal comes out with a slower pace this time around, trying to play the possession game a bit more.
The second half gets under way with Mexico moving the ball.
Raul Jimenez comes on for Mexico.
Referee whistles the end for the first half of extra time.
The referee has blown for the end of the first half. Mexico has to feel satisfied after Enriquez's goal, it was all Senegal for quite a bit after that.
One more minute will be added on.
That was a great pass from Marco Fabian and Peralta was right on through. On any given day, you've got to think a pure poacher like Peralta can score. Not today.
PERALTA! The Santos Laguna had 2-0 in his boots but lets the opportunity fall away.
Mexico looks more dangerous in the last few minutes. Senegal is trying to combat that with pure speed on the break to try and surprise El Tri's defense.
Good combo play from Mexico, Giovani finds himself in the box and takes his shot, but Ba slides in and blocks the shot to avoid further danger.
Five men on the Mexican wall. Ba takes the shot and fires it high over the Mexican goal.
Inches away from becoming a penalty. Senegal will have a fantastic opportunity from set pieces.
Dangerous foul committed by Mier right on the edge of the box.
Konate was strictly playing up the middle in the early stages of the game, now he's moved wide left to take advantage of the weak defensive performance by Jimenez.
Senegal has a dangerous opportunity in the Mexican box but Konate goes down asking for a penalty. No foul from Jimenez.
Cross is parried away but Mexico recovers. Salcido sends a long cross into the box but no one is there to receive.
Mexico's modus operandi going forward will be to take these counterattack opportunities and finish the game off. Dos Santos goes off into the left side of the pitch and finds Fabian. Dos Santos grabs hold of it once more and forces a corner kick.
Souare gets a header ripped away from him by Mier, who sends the ball out into a corner kick.
Rain has begun to come down on Wembley.
Salcido tries his luck from 30 yards away but the shot is blocked. Aquino does the same, with the same result.
Mane gets into the box and gets off a shot that's blocked by Mier. The ball comes out and into Mexican possession. A potential counterattack is stopped by Aquino, who can't get a good foot on the ball after taking a pass from Salcido.
No danger this time. Senegal flies out with possession and tries something on the left wing. Mier helps Jimenez out this time and the attack is stifled.
Free kick for Mexico. Pretty close to the spot where Giovani produced the game's first assist.
Mane jumps and takes Dos Santos' cross. No danger this time from set pieces for Mexico.
Mexico gets a corner kick off a Giovani dos Santos run that is rejected.
CORONA DOES IT AGAIN! Saves it on the line! Konate with a great header and Corona is there to save Mexico.
Corner kick for Senegal, once again stemming from an attack on the left wing.
Senegal's strong presence up front is creating several mistakes for Mexico that have not yet come to much. Carlos Salcido is looking pretty overmatched as the Tigres player has given up possession on three occasions in the first half.
Aquino steals one in Senegal's half of the pitch but not much comes from it as Mexico is trying to steer the rhythm into a slower pace to combat Senegal's energy.
Israel Jimenez, Mexico's left back, definitely needs some help as that's where most of Senegal's attacking prowess is coming from in the first part of the game.
Senegal exploiting the left wing now with great speed, Souare with a spectacular cross that nearly finds Konate wide open in front of Mexico's goal.
Senegal has it again in Mexican territory. Tense minutes for El Tri's defense.
Offside kills Konate's latest bid for a goal, but Corona was there anyway. Good start for the 30-year-old netminder.
CORONA! WHAT A SAVE! Konate had beaten Diego Reyes with a sweet move to cut away from the Club America defender and fires a strong shot that the Mexican 'keeper is able to parry away for a corner.
Packed house in Wembley. Huge local crowd, but also quite a bit of Mexican fans as well.
Aquino commits a foul very close to the Senegal area.
Four players pressure Mexico close to their own goal, forcing Corona to clear with a long pass.
That Jorge Enriquez goal was reminiscent of Jared Borgetti's stunner against Italy in the 2002 World Cup.
Senegal has recognized that this is a critical moment and they are now trying to answer back. Pressure now from Senegal that forces Oribe Peralta to give the ball away.
Mexico's sizable contingent of fans in the stands chant "ole" after every completed pass. The environment in Wembley has been kicked up a notch, for sure.
Assist Giovani dos Santos
Goal Jorge Enríquez
ENRIQUEZ! GOAL! MEXICO LEADS IT!
Off the free kick, Giovani puts it right in the middle of the box before the Mexicali native can get his head on it and just brush it enough to change direction and fool the Senegal goalkeeper. 1-0 to Mexico.
An offside call kills a great chance for Mexico. Oribe Peralta is inches ahead of the last Senegal defender.
Good clearance from Darvin Chavez after Diame had beaten Jimenez on the wing with good speed and got a cross off.
Dos Santos takes it short but Senegal is not surprised.
Good energy from both teams to get this game started. Mexico pressuring on all edges of the field to try and get Senegal to make mistakes. One of which is a corner kick that Giovani dos Santos will take in a few moments...
Marco Fabian was inches away from scoring his first goal of the tournament and giving Mexico an early lead.
Mexico getting its first chance to really move the ball now, Marco Fabian is on the left flank and he takes a long pass from Carlos Salcido. Fabian cuts in and fires OFF THE CROSSBAR!
Corner kick is won by Jorge Enriquez who clears the danger for Mexico. A series of bounces forces Diego Reyes to clear under pressure.
The game has begun! Senegal did not do much with the first possession of the game and Mexico has the ball after a few seconds. Diame recovers and goes all the way to the end line before getting off a cross that Mier pushes out for a corner kick.
Senegal will move the ball to get this game going.
National anthem time here at Wembley. Both teams are lined up in the middle of the pitch.
Hector Herrera who is fully recovered from an ankle injury, will start on the bench for Mexico. Giovani dos Santos will repeat as a starter, as he did for El Tri against Switzerland.
I'm Eric Gomez (@goaleric) and we're nearly ready to go at Wembley. A huge match for both teams, who can make history with a win.
Senegal: Mane; Ciss, Ba, Gueye, Toure; Kouyate, Mane, Diame; Konate, Yero and Souare
Mexico's starting lineup: Corona; Jiménez, Mier, Reyes, Chávez; Enríquez, Salcido, Giovani, Fabián, Aquino and Peralta.
Wembley Stadium is the stage for today's game that will see one of these two teams move on to the medal rounds.
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Olympic Games quarterfinal match between Mexico and Senegal!
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