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August 1, 2012 5:00 PM BST
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Mexico - Switzerland Preview: El Tricolor need just a draw to secure qualification

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

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 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
4H. MierDefender
5D. ChavezDefender
13D. ReyesDefender
15N. VidrioDefender
-C. SalcidoDefender
11J. AquinoMidfielder
14Jorge EnríquezMidfielder
8M. FabiánStriker
18O. PeraltaStriker
10Giovani dos SantosStriker
12A. RodriguezGoalkeeper
2I. JiménezDefender
17N. AraujoDefender
-H. HerreraMidfielder
16M. PonceDefender
7J. CortésStriker
-R. JiménezStriker
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
-Fabio DaprelàDefender
5Francois AffolterDefender
13Ricardo RodriguezDefender
15Timm KloseDefender
8Amir AbrashiMidfielder
9Fabian FreiMidfielder
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
-Steven ZuberMidfielder
7Innocent EmegharaStriker
-Admir MehmediStriker
18Benjamin SiegristGoalkeeper
-Fabian SchärDefender
17Michel MorganellaDefender
2Xavier HochstrasserMidfielder
-Oliver BuffMidfielder
6Alain 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