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August 11, 2012
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 86162
O. Peralta 1', 75'
Jonathan Birchall Live at Wembley: "It's devastation for Brazil and utter jubilation for Mexico, who are dancing in the centre circle after securing their country's first and probably last gold medal of these Olympic games. The man of the day, Oribe Peralta has a sombrero on ... London's tequila bars, prepare your lemons."
Full Time! Mexico win the Gold as Brazil have to settle for Silver. Mano Menezes' side proved unable to overcome the disadvantage of Oribe Peralta's early opener after he punished Rafael's error. The Selecao's forwards combined well in flashes, but never managed to put Mexico under heavy pressure as El Tricolor, led by centre back Diego Reyes and goalkeeper Jose Corona, defended well throughout. Peralta took advantage of slack marking to get a second goal, and Hulk could only get a consolation goal late on after appearing towards the end of the first half. Mexico proved disciplined and managed to overcome the absence of hitherto leading goalscorer Giovani Dos Santos to win a deserved Gold, while Mano Menezes will come under criticism for the lack of cohesion in his team's play as he attempts to prepare for the 2014 World Cup.
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Oscar misses Brazil's last chance of the game after drifting unnoticed to the near post to receive Hulk's inswinging cross. The midfielder was unable to glance his header into the top corner as it harmlessly went well wide.
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Yellow Card Leandro Damião
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Hulk neatly receives a long ball on the run, and finishes calmly with his right foot under keeper Corona's right side.
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Marco Fabian misses the target after receiving the ball down the right side of the Brazil box.
Hulk curves the ball across the face of the goal and wins a corner, but no one is able to convert.
Yellow Card N. Vidrio
Brazil have struggled to get the ball forward with Mexico pressing successfully in recent minutes, but as Neymar tries he is fouled by Vidrio.
Marco Fabian receives the ball on the left flank and attempts to thread the ball to Jimenez in attack but his pass is blocked.
Two-goal hero Oribe Peralta is taken off to an ovation, having extended his tally to four in the competition, for tall striker Raul Jimenez in a like for like swap.
Rafael carelessly gives the ball away in defence and fouls Salcido in attempting to win it back. He argues with Juan Jesus in the aftermath and is promptly substituted for pacey winger Lucas Moura.
Alexandre Pato counters for Brazil as Mexico's attack breaks down, and passes to Neymar beyond the defence, but Corona is quick to come out and avert the danger with a clearance.
Mexico bring on fresh legs in defence in the form of Nestor Vidrio for Israel Jimenez.
Brazil struggle to break down the massed ranks of Mexico players on the edge of the box and allow the opportunity for the counter. Enriquez brings the ball out from defence and finds Peralta, who looks for the unmarked Fabian in the box but is dispossessed by Thiago Silva.
Hulk floats a corner into the box which is caught confidently by keeper Corona.
Peralta shoots well over from the right edge of the box.
Hulk slots the ball into Rafael as he runs into the box, but Diego Reyes blocks for a corner. Leandro Damiao rises high to win the header and flicks it on to the back post, but Neymar cannot convert.
Assist M. Fabián
Goal O. Peralta
Marco Fabian takes a freekick from the right flank and places it neatly onto the head of Oribe Peralta, who took advantage of slack marking to run across the box from the back post and place a free header into the bottom corner of the goal to the despairing Gabriel's left.
Marcelo concedes a foul on Herrera on the right flank, and Brazil vehemently protest but are unsuccessful.
Oscar's shot is blocked and deflected into Neymar, whose shot flies over the bar after a deflection. The corner however is caught by Corona.
Mexico's corner is flicked on by midfielder Enriquez who rises high at the near post and flicks on to Marco Fabian, who can only head over.
Defensive midfielder Sandro is taken off for AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.
Peralta helps build an attack this time, as he picks the ball up on the left flank and finds Marco Fabian on the edge of the box, whose ball back out to the left touchline finds Miguel Ponce. Ponce's cross finds Peralta who heads over.
Oribe Peralta nets from close range after connecting from an excellent right wing cross, but is offside.
Diego Reyes makes another commanding interception as Hulk attempted to march into the box. The resulting corner is headed far over by Leandro Damiao.
Diego Reyes concedes a foul on Oscar on Brazil's right flank. Marcelo's cross is headed clear.
Oscar again combines well with his teammates, this time with Rafael to release the Manchester United full back down to the right by-line. His low cross is controlled by Leandro Damiao, but the powerful forward is unable to take the shot.
Marco Fabian hits the bar after a slip in the offside trap allows him to advance to a one-on-one with Gabriel. The keeper did well to force him wide before he attempted the finish with an unsuccessful overhead kick.
Jimenez advances from full back and finds his target in midfield, whose pass to Peralta is neatly intercepted by Juan Jesus in defence. Marcelo attempts to find Neymar with a quick ball down the left flank but his pass runs through to the defence.
Mexico's Chavez looks straight away to clear the ball after receiving possession deep in his half, and the opportunity provides welcome respite as the game is becoming increasingly stretched.
Marco Fabian receives the ball on the left flank before cutting inside, and tries to find the runner on the overlap down the left but the ball is cut out.
Jonathan Birchall at Wembley: "Neymar, 30 seconds after being hacked down by Jimenez, has just blazed a 10-yard effort way over. Only half an hour left for Brazil ..." The effort came after a right wing cross found its way through the crowd, but Mexico seem content with the way they are holding off their opponents.
Yellow Card I. Jiménez
Oscar is dispossessed by Herrera and although Mexico attempt to build an attack, few players are committed forward and the ball is eventually turned over to Brazil.
Winger Aquino is taken off for the more defensive minded Miguel Ponce.
Neymar hangs on to the ball under intense pressure inside the box but is eventually dispossessed. He had previously made a trademark threatening run into the box and looks confident.
Neymar looks to connect with a cross from the left wing, but is knocked flying by the follow through of keeper Corona's punch to clear the danger.
Jonathan Birchall at Wembley: "Neymar looks much brighter already in this second half, picking up the ball in midfield and running at the Mexican defence twice. Some nice link-up play with Chelsea new boy Oscar too. Ominous for Tena's men."
Hulk attempts another run up the right flank but is this time dispossessed. Mexico look to build a move but in turn give the ball away. Neymar is put through down the left edge of the box but is called offside.
Neymar jinks through the right edge of the box before shaping for the shot, but Reyes is able to stretch across and block the shot which runs through to Corona.
Oscar crosses from the right flank but Leandro Damiao's head is unable to reach the ball and keeper Corona makes the catch.
Neymar picks the ball up in Mexico's half on a Brazil counter-attack, and shoots narrowly over the top left corner from range.
Hulk curves it low around the wall but the ambitious effort is blocked by Jorge Enriquez.
Yellow Card D. Reyes
Brazil get the second half underway, and Hulk wins a freekick on the right edge of the box drawing a foul from Diego Reyes.
Jonathan Birchall Live at Wembley: Looks like Neymar is leading the half-time huddle talk for the Brazilians. Fine leadership from the 20-year-old. He really wants this.
Half-time at Wembley, with Mexico 1-0 up as we go into the break. Oribe Peralta punished Rafael's slip after barely half a minute into the match to put his side ahead, and Mano Menezes' side have struggled to impose themselves in the match as they searched for an equaliser. Mexico have packed the midfield and prevented the Selecao from building moves, while playing some good football of their own. Oscar, Marcelo and Neymar have shown flashes of inspiration, while Hulk has added threat to his side's attack since coming on in place of the anonymous Alex Sandro. But Luis Alberto Tena will be pleased with his side's display as they have comfortably withstood Brazil's attack in the first half.
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Rafael is found on the right flank with a magnificent pass, and though his cross is blocked the ball finds its way to Neymar, who cuts inside from the left flank before flashing a shot narrowly wide of the left post.
Neymar swings a free kick from the right flank into the box, but Romulo can only head wide at the far post.
Marcelo and midfielder Romulo combine to move the ball up the pitch. The move continues and ends when Mexico's Israel Jimenez prevents the ball dropping to Hulk in the box.
Yellow Card Marcelo
Marcelo fouls Oribe Peralta after his side miscontrol the ball.
Brazil again combine down their left flank, as Oscar picks up the ball and passes to Leandro Damiao, who holds the ball up and lays it off Marcelo, who darts into the box before blasting wide at the near post.
Hulk frightens the life out of Jose Corona as he cuts inside from a long way out onto his left foot and launches a rocket of a shot from over 30 yards out on the right edge of the box. The effort at first looks to be heading to the left side of the goal and Corona moves accordingly, before instead diving to his left to save the shot as it swings viciously in mid-air. The ball rolls away from Corona towards the goal before he gathers it under control.
Oscar pinches the ball as Mexico exchange passes in their own half, and plays a one-two with Marcelo before his low cross into the box is expertly intercepted by a Mexico defender.
Mexico have not been challenged in the last few minutes, and raise a cheer from the crowd when they launch a counter making use of the space left by Brazil going forward. Javier Aquino lays off for Carlos Salcido, who places his low shot narrowly wide of the right post.
Marco Fabian picks up the ball in space in front of the defence and is granted the space to launch a shot from range which flies over the bar.
Jonathan Birchall at Wembley: "Hulk is already stripped off and ready to come on. Brazil coach Mano Menezes really isn't pleased at all." The powerful forward would add direct running to the Selecao and the threat of his powerful shot from range, and appears on the right side of the pitch in place of Alex Sandro, who has been anonymous.
Mexico Defender Hugo Reyes slides in to tackle the ball from Leandro Damiao, who successfully appeals for a free kick.
The experienced Carlos Salcido attempts a shot from range but it is blocked and runs through to keeper Gabriel. His long ball is flicked on by Leandro Damiao to Neymar, but Israel Jimenez is well-positioned and blocks him off and appeals for a freekick. A chipped pass to Neymar in a similar position again results in Jimenez blocking his path, but this time Neymar concedes a freekick for pushing his opponent.
Jonathan Birchall at Wembley: Brazil are struggling to break the Mexican's down at the moment and, despite their quick feet and eye-catching haircuts, are running out of ideas as we approach the half hour mark, much to the delight of the Mexican wrestler to my left.
Mexico win possession in midfield and look to build a counter-attack as Peralta advances up the right flank. Jorge Enriquez dashes up from midfield and attempts to latch on to the through ball, but he is crowded out by Brazil centre backs Thiago Silva and Juan Jesus.
Brazil retain possession but lack purpose, and Marcelo eventually carelessly puts the ball out of play with a misdirected ball on the left flank.
Leandro Damiao is put through behind the left side of Mexico's defence, and his low ball to Oscar in the box is met with a sweet turn that sees the newly signed Chelsea midfielder presented with a chance. But he is off-balance and cannot get power on his shot and it rolls neatly into the arms of keeper Corona.
Darvin Chavez strikes a free kick from outside the box, but Marcelo makes the block.
Sandro finds Rafael down the right side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked for a corner. The pressure is just starting to build. Leandro Damiao is penalised for handball however, and Mexico's Jose Corona takes the goal kick to restart the match as we approach the 20 minute mark in the opening half.
Brazil enjoy their first sustained spell of possession in the match so far, but their move ends after Oscar attempts to find the run of Neymar but is unable to.
Thiago Silva heads over the bar from Neymar's cross in the Selecao's best chance of the match so far.
Rafael gives away a freekick on the right flank, but Luis Fernando Tena's sides long ball down the line is shepherded out for a goal kick.
Neymar robs Mier of possession on the left flank and exhanges passes with Leandro and Marcelo, but the side seem nervy and lack understanding as they struggle to build moves.
Brazil give the ball away again on the left hand side and allow Mexico to roll the ball across the pitch and attack down the left wing, forcing Thiago Silva to dash out from defence to intercept and put the ball out for a throw in.
Brazil have scored three goals in each of their Olympic victories so far, and will be required to hit the net on multiple occasions again to claim victory. There is a shocked atmosphere so far in the Wembley stadium as Mexico try to take in their situation.
Assist J. Aquino
Goal O. Peralta
Goal Mexico! Oribe Peralta gets Mexico off to a phenomenal start! Hector Herrera harries Rafael and forces a poor pass back into the Sandro in front of the defence, which Javier Aquino nips in to intercept and touch into the path of Peralta on the left edge of the box. The forward cuts inside before slotting accurately a shot inside the post Brazil keeper Gabriel's right hand side.
Goal Mexico! Oribe Peralta gets Mexico off to a phenomenal start!
Mexico get the game underway at Wembley!
Mexico are missing creative forward Giovani Dos Santos, who was taken off at half time in their semi-final victory over Japan. He is replaced by midfielder Hector Herrera, with the more attack-minded Marco Fabian set to move forward and take up Dos Santos' role.
Brazil again opt for Alex Sandro in place of Hulk, with 6-goal top scorer Leandro Damiao again named up front, alongside the star of the team, Neymar. The Selecao have never claimed the Gold medal at the Olympic tournament, but will hope to make the most of this opportunity having named a strong squad with the aim of gaining experience ahead of the 2014 World Cup which they will host in Brazil.
Mexico: Corona; I Jimenez, Mier, Reyes, Chavez; Aquino, Enriquez, Salcido, Herrera, Fabian, Peralta. Substitutes: Rodriguez, Vidrio, Araujo, Ponce, Cortes, Dos Santos, Jimenez.
Brazil: Gabriel; Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo; Sandro, Romulo; Neymar, Oscar, Alex Sandro; Leandro Damiao. Substitutes: Neto, Bruno Uvini, Danilo, Ganso, Lucas, Hulk, Alexandre Pato.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE play-by-play of the London 2012 Olympic Gold Medal match between Brazil and Mexico! I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the game's events.
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