Mexico U23 3-0 Turkey U23: El Tri win their first Toulon tournament

Mexico has won their first Toulon Tournament after defeating Turkey in the final. Marco Fabián was also named the tourney's top scorer with seven goals, tying Alan Shearer's mark.
Mexico is champions in Toulon after beating Turkey in the youth team tournament's final on Friday night.

The under-23 team confirmed Mexico's ascension in the youth team ranks by winning the French tournament, as now the U-17, U-20 and U-23 team have reached the podium in the past year, with the U-23's now focused on making history at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Mexico's youngest player on the Toulon squad, 18-year-old Cándido Ramírez, opened up the scoring in the 26th minute, after a hard fought beginning where Turkey attempted to flex their defensive muscle by stifling Mexico's powerful attack in the early going.

Ramírez took a pass from Raúl Jiménez and slotted past Ertugrul Taskiran to make it 1-0 and open up the game for both offenses.

Tense moments followed for the Mexican defense, as Turkey attempted to take hold of possession and push up to equalize, but the abbreviated forty minute first half ended with the Mexicans still ahead.

Changes to the Turkish lineup created offensive opportunities for Pim Verbeek's squad, as Mexico had relegated themselves into a more defensive stance, hoping for a counterattack to seal the match and the championship.

Emre Gural and Tevfik Kose created chances for Turkey in the early second half, but both failed to materialize in goals that could have tied the game or even put them ahead.

Hiram Mier struck for Mexico's second goal in the 71st minute, pulling Luis Fernando Tena's boys away with less than minutes remaining. The Monterrey defender slammed in a Marco Fabián cross that beat Taskiran from close distance.

Mexico piled on towards the end with sub Alan Pulido cutting in between three defenders and shooting low in the 77th minute, making it 3-0 and closing out any opportunity for a late Turkish comeback.