Brazil was beaten by Mexico this Saturday (11.08) at Wembley Stadium in London and ended up with the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. The match ended 2-1 to the Mexicans. The two Mexican goals were scored by striker Peralta. Hulk pulled one back for Brazil in added time.
Mexico’s gold is the first in the country’s history. Brazil in turn, won its third silver medal (the others were won in Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988) – the country also won medals in Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008 (both bronze). The Olympic title is the only title Brazil has never won.
The match started with a mistake in the Brazilian defence which resulted in Mexico's first goal. Right back Rafael played a sloppy pass infield and the ball ended up with Peralta, who drilled a shot into the bottom left corner of goalkeeper Gabriel's goal.
Trailing from the start, Brazil did not manage to find many chances in the first half. Manager Mano Menezes substituted left back Alex Sandro in the first half, bringing Hulk on.
In the second half, Peralta found himself free in the box and headed the ball into the bottom right corner. Even though Brazil put the pressure on, they did not manage to get many shots on target. Hulk’s goal came after Lucas – who had come on at the end of the second half - made a good move. Brazil still had a chance to bring it level in the 91st minute, but Oscar headed wide, after Hulk crossed the ball in from the right flank.
Brazil had got to the final undefeated, with victories over Egypt (3-2), Belarus (3-1), New Zealand (3-0), Honduras (3-2) and South Korea (3-0). The Mexicans won the gold without losing once in this edition of the Olympic Games. They drew with South Korea (0-0) and beat Gabon (2-0), Switzerland (1-0), Senegal (4-2) and Japan (3-1).
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