Mexico vs. Korea Republic: Olympics Soccer Live Score, Highlights & Stats
Mexico begin their pursuit of a maiden Olympic medal on Thursday, 26 July against the Republic of Korea. La Verde are determined to improve upon their previous best finish of fourth, at the Mexico City games of 1968.
Mexico under-23 have had a sensational 2012, preparing perfectly for London 2012 by winning the prestigious Toulon tournament. El Tri showcased the top scorer, Marco Fabian, as well as the player of the tournament, Hector Herrera.
Both of these players will be key pieces to Luis Fernando Tena's campaign for gold, alongside the mercurial Giovani Dos Santos in what promises to be an exciting team to watch over the coming weeks.
You can follow live coverage of Mexico's opening Group B match right here from 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday.
In the build-up to the match, contribute your predictions and thoughts on the match and we'll endeavour to bring up some of the best during the match.
Lastly, be sure to check out the following articles for great insight in to the Mexico under-23 side:
Mexico 0 - 0 Korea Republic
Mexico: Corona; Vidrio, Mier, Reyes, Chávez; Salcido, Herrera; Ponce, Aquino, Fabián; Peralta.
Korea Republic: Jung; Yun, Y.Kim, Ki, B.Kim, C.Park, Nam, Hwang, Koo, C.Kim, J.Park.
FT: Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Probably a fair result, but Mexico created the best chances in the end, which proves how easily they might have dispatched South Korea had they played to their potential. Agonisingly close from Fabian, Dos Santos and Jimenez, El Tri spurned three glorious chances.
It finishes 0-0 at St. James' Park, do you think it was a fair result? Who would be your man of the match?
91' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Massive chance again for Mexico, Jimenez is sent through on goal and turns Young-Kwon, unleashing a powerful shot from just outside the penalty area that beats Sung-Ryong and the post. So close for El Tri.
Really big chance for El Tri and it looks like they will have to settle for a draw, Dos Santos will have nightmares about that miss.
Gioooooovani so close to nicking one for Mexico with two mins to go.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) July 26, 2012
87' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
What a chance this is for Mexico, Dos Santos bursts forward and is unmarked in the centre, Darvin Chavez puts it on a plate, but the finish is poor and dragged wide of the post from just 12 yards. Big sigh of relief for South Korea fans I would imagine.
84' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Substitute Mexico: Raul Jimenez is on for the disappointing Marco Fabian.
A positive change from Tena, although they look vulnerable to South Korea's counter-attacks, Jimenez should play as a forward and provide more of a target for Dos Santos to weave his magic.
80' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Marco Fabian wastes a good chance to deliver a dangerous cross, instead, he shoots over the bar. Wildly ambitious.
79' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
That's a chance and South Korea should be ahead by now, Koo Ja-Cheol is completely unmarked on the penalty spot, but his header fails to test the goalkeeper. Will there be a winner in this match?
76' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Big chance for South Korea, as Hwang Seok-Ho is first to react to a corner that is not cleared properly by El Tri, but the Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender can only drag his shot wide from inside the penalty area. Poor.
74' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Substitution South Korea: Baek Sung-Dong is on for Park Chu-Young.
Like-for-like substitute it appears, although Sung-Dong can play deeper for his club Jubilo Iwata, he appears to be in a more advanced role here.
73' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Dos Santos has injected some purpose in to Mexico's attacks, but they still lack that figure to lead the line, how much different would this side be with Javier Hernandez?
70' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Substitution Mexico: Jorge Enriquez is on for Hector Herrera
This should allow Dos Santos some more space to get forward, as Enriquez will likely hold in the midfielder to protect El Tri from South Korea counter-attacks.
69' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Glorious chance for El Tri, Marco Fabian has a knock-down from a corner on the edge of the six-yard box, he blazes over. Wasteful.
66' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Substitution Mexico: Giovani Dos Santos replaces Oribe Peralta
64' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
South Korea develop an attack down Mexico's right wing, Nestor Vidrio is turned and Nam Tae-Hee curls a delightful effort just wide, close!
61' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
What a terrific battle we have between Yun Suk-Young and Aquino, as the wing wizard dazzles once again, but this time the Chunnam Dragons left back is equal to him, clearing the danger.
59' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Kim Bo-Kyung is away, nobody is going to catch him!
Oh, wait, he takes far too long, perhaps knowing he lacks the pace, ultimately he is handed a gift by the referee who gives South Korea a freekick in a dangerous area, Herrera unfortunate to be booked in the process.
57' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Mexico's best moment now, as Aquino does excellently down the right side, inside, then outside, before lashing a shot towards the far corner that Jung Sung-Ryong does well to tip wide of the post.
54' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Best effort of the match and it's Ki Sung-Yueng with a vicious strike from distance that Corona does well to tip over the bar for a corner. It's getting better, I promise.
48' Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Kim Bo-Kyung takes aim from distance, but that will not trouble Jose de Jesus Corona, as it drifts harmlessly wide.
46' - Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
HT - Mexico 0 - 0 South Korea
Korea Republic just about edge the first half, with great territorial advantage and more composure in possession. Fascinatingly Mexico's players remain on the pitch a few minutes after the half-time whistle to mull things over, clearly not satisfied with their performances so far.
Some reaction as we approach half-time from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl:
Like what South Korea coach Hong Myung-Bo (ex-LA Galaxy) has done with his team, which is outplaying Mexico so far. Still 0-0.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 26, 2012
42' Mexico 0-0 Korea Republic
Much better from Tena's men, as Herrera again involved, strikes a volley from distance straight at Jung Sung-Ryong. Much better from La Verde though, who have finally found their passing game.
41' Mexico 0-0 Korea Republic
Mexico finally threaten, as Miguel Ponce drags a shot from distance wide, with Hector Herrera lurking in the middle, El Tri with some confidence now it seems.
38' Mexico 0-0 Korea Republic
Kim Bo-Kyung is back on the pitch and he patched up after his head collision and the Cerezo Osaka midfielder moves intelligently beyond the play and sets up the captain, Koo Ja-Cheol who has the best chances of the game, only for Diego Reyes to magnificently block the Augsburg midfielder's shot.
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