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  • August 7, 2012
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Mexico - Japan Preview: Two unbeaten sides just one game away from gold medal match

Mexico - Japan Preview: Two unbeaten sides just one game away from gold medal match

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Having not suffered defeat in this tournament, the two teams meet to decide who will contest for first place after some highly impressive displays

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MEXICO

Corona
Jimenez, Salcido, Mier, Chavez, Reyes
Aquino, Enriquez, Fabian
Dos Santos, Peralta

JAPAN

Gonda
Tokunaga, Ogihara, Sakai, Yoshida, Suzuki
Otsu, Higashi, Yamaguchi, Kiyotake
Nagai


With no injury or suspension concerns, Mexico are likely to be unchanged from the side that overcame Senegal 4-2 in their quarter-final, with Tottenham’s Giovani dos Santos set to continue leading the line.

Japan looked highly impressive as they demolished Egypt 3-0 in their quarter-final, and will be unlikely to tinker with the 4-5-1 formation that has brought them so much success in the tournament thus far.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Mexico first made their debut in the Olympic football tournament in Amsterdam in 1928, losing 7-1 to Spain in the first round.
  • The Mexicans have never won an Olympic medal for football in either the men’s or women’s tournaments, with their effort this year being the furthest they have ever reached.
  • Only one of their squad plays outside of the Mexican Primera Division – striker Giovani dos Santos moved to Tottenham from Barcelona in 2008 but has made only a handful of appearances for their first-team since.
  • These two sides faced each other in the bronze medal match in the 1968 Olympic football tournament, hosted in Mexico City. The Japanese prevailed on that occasion, winning 2-0 at the Azteca.
  • These two teams played a warm-up game before this Olympic tournament at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, with the Japanese taking a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Higashi Keigo and Otsu Yuki.
  • Japan made their debut in the 1936 Olympic football tournament in Berlin, reaching the quarter-finals before losing 8-0 to Italy, the eventual gold medal winners.
  • The Japanese won the 2010 Asian Games football tournament with a similar squad to that of their current Olympic squad, defeating UAE 1-0 in the final thanks to a Yuki Saneto goal.
  • Midfielder Takashi Usami (pictured right) has spent the last couple of seasons playing in the Bundesliga, but only joined clubs Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim on loan from J-League side Gamba Osaka.
  • Japan’s last appearance in an Olympics quarter-final ended in a penalty shootout defeat to the United States in 2000.

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12J. CoronaGoalkeeper
2I. JiménezDefender
-C. SalcidoDefender
4H. MierDefender
5D. ChavezDefender
13D. ReyesDefender
-M. FabiánMidfielder
11J. AquinoMidfielder
14Jorge EnríquezMidfielder
-O. PeraltaStriker
10Giovani dos SantosStriker
12A. RodriguezGoalkeeper
15N. VidrioDefender
16M. PonceDefender
17N. AraujoDefender
6H. HerreraMidfielder
7J. CortésStriker
-R. JiménezStriker
1Shuichi GondaGoalkeeper
2Yuhei TokunagaDefender
-Takahiro OgiharaDefender
21Hiroki SakaiDefender
22Maya YoshidaDefender
-Daisuke SuzukiDefender
7Yuki OtsuMidfielder
-Keigo HigashiMidfielder
-Hotaru YamaguchiMidfielder
17Hiroshi KiyotakeMidfielder
11Kensuke NagaiStriker
-Shunsuke AndoGoalkeeper
6Taisuke MuramatsuDefender
12Gotoku SakaiDefender
-Kazuya YamamuraMidfielder
14Takashi UsamiMidfielder
9Kenyu SugimotoStriker
-Manabu SaitoStriker

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