Brazil to meet Mexico in Olympic football final

Brazil to meet Mexico in Olympic football final
2.5 5

Published August 8th, 2012 - 11:04 GMT via

Rate Article:

PRINT Send Mail
comment (0)
Brazil vs. Mexico in Olympic soccer final
Brazil vs. Mexico in Olympic soccer final
Follow >
Click here to add Beijing as an alert
Click here to add Javier Cortes as an alert
Javier Cortes
Click here to add Leandro Damiao as an alert
Leandro Damiao
Click here to add Marco Fabian as an alert
Marco Fabian
Click here to add Oribe Peralta as an alert
Oribe Peralta

Leandro Damiao scored two second half goals in a seven-minute stretch Tuesday to send Brazil into the Olympic soccer final with a 3-0 victory over South Korea.

Mexico ensured itself a medal and earned a chance at Brazil by defeating Japan 3-1 in the day's opening semifinal.

Brazil, a traditional power in the sport, has never won an Olympic soccer gold medal. It captured the bronze at the 2008 Olympics with a third-place victory over Belgium.

Romulo scored first for the Brazilians in the 37th minute and they blew the game open in the second half.

Mexico fell behind early against Japan but Marco Fabian tied it in the 31st minute and Oribe Peralta scored the go-ahead goal near the midway point of the second half.

The game was not decided until Javier Cortes scored in stoppage time.

Argentina won the Olympic gold medal in men's soccer at the Beijing and Athens Games but didn't qualify for this year's tournament.

Copyright © UPI, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Add a new comment