As the Olympics drew closer to its closing ceremony, the Olympic gold medal for men’s football was up for grabs. The contenders where ice cool favourites Brazil, who on paper had one of the most impressive teams that had ever turned up to the games, they faced their rivals to the north Mexico. The atmosphere inside the Wembley stadium was as impressive as it was throughout all the events at the London Olympics but bookies like Ladbrokes didn’t seem to give Mexico much of a chance.
The odds however soon changed as just 29 seconds into the game some irresponsible and sloppy passing by the Brazilians saw Mexico take the lead with a well-placed shot from just outside the box. The scorer, Oribe Peralta, now held the record for fastest goal ever scored in an Olympic final as well as giving his team an edge over the favourites.
Peralta’s second goal however came as no shock, as by the 75th minute Mexico had taken a firm hold of the game, Brazil tired of after their relentless first half attacking bore no fruits, were unable to pick up the Mexican striker whose glorious header smacked powerfully into the back of the net.
This early lead allowed Mexico to play some smart football, this risk management tactic proved to pay off as the final score was 2-1 to the Spanish speaking nation. Although Mexico had beat Brazil 2-0 in a pre-world cup friendly the outcome was a complete shock, not only because of the fact that the market value of Brazils team was about ten times that of the Mexican squad, but also because Brazil had scored at least 3 goals in every other of their five Olympic matches they had taken part in so far.
The minor consolation of an injury time goal for the Brazilian team seemed to be overshadowed by the downgrade in medal. The Yellow titans of world cup football, who currently have five trophies, have yet to win any gold medals in the event.