Mexico vs. Gabon Olympic Soccer: Score, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Analysis

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IJuly 29, 2012

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Giovanni Dos Santos #10 of Mexico controls the ball against Jonahtan Bornstein #12 of the United States during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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With a win over Gabon in their second match, Mexico is now atop Group B at the 2012 London Olympics and are playing outright medal-esque soccer.

World-class star Giovani dos Santos had a field day for his Mexico side in the 2-0 victory. The Tottenham Hotspurs forward scored both goals to lead his team to victory in the second half.

Mexico are now in cruise control at the top of the group, while the loss keeps Gabon at the bottom of the group standings with one point.

Dos Santos' performance was both impressive and key for Mexico, especially when considering his first goal came in the 63rd minute of play.

He came into the match after a 0-0 draw at the half. After taking down Peralta in the penalty box, the second goal was cashed in to put Gabon away.

Prior to the 63rd minute, Mexico was failing to convert on a vast amount of opportunities, as the dos Santos spark was greatly needed. His top-notch play at the Games is proving to be vital for this team, and it could be the difference between a gold or silver medal as opposed to a bronze or failure to place.

Gabon now faces a must-win situation against Korea, who have also struggled to get much going in London. Meanwhile, Mexico are now in promising position to move on to the knockout stages.

 

Twitter Reaction

TV commentator and host of Sports Matter / All Access Glenn Davis on Sports Talk 790 had this to say in regards to the match:

Mexico emerge on Men's soccer scene with 2-0 win over "game" Gabon.Guess who gets both goals?Gio Dos Santos. @NBCOlympics @NBCSports #eltri

— Glenn Davis (@GlennDavisSoc) July 29, 2012

 

FOX Soccer Trax commented on Mexico's late capitalization in the contest and was noted as a "good win" for the team:

OLYMPICS FT Mexico 2 Gabon 0 ... good win for Mexico which took control late in first half and never let go

— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) July 29, 2012

 

Tom Marshall of MLSSoccer.com's Gringo Report highlighted the impressive play of Giovani dos Santos in what was a critical win for Mexico:

Big story for Mexico was Giovani Dos Santos coming on at halftime and scoring both goals for Mexico. Surely has to start on Wed vs Switz

— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) July 29, 2012

 

Key Player Grades

Giovani dos Santos: A

Time and time again, this is a talent that has come to play for Mexico on the international stage. In spite of making minimal impact for his Tottenham Hotspurs side, there is no denying the talent and prowess dos Santos boasts.

He came out with fire in the win over Gabon, scoring the two goals for Mexico to take his team to a lead in the group. If he can continue to play with this firepower when hopefully made a starter, Mexico will be flying high in London.

 

Pierre Aubameyang: C

In a game in which the team needed him to convert most, Aubameyang failed to make the slightest impact on the pitch.

He had four shots in the game, only one of which was on goal. Not to mention, he only drew one foul up front.

His aggressive play that Gabon counted on previously was nowhere to be found, which was a major reason why Gabon couldn't compete with a significantly more talented Mexico side.

 

What's Next?

Mexico are now on top of the Group B standings with four points after two matches are in the books. They will go on to play Switzerland, who have completed just one match and have one point. If they defeat Korea in their second match, the Mexico and Switzerland match August 1 at noon ET will be as interesting as any.

Meanwhile, Gabon are now in dire need of a win against Korea. A win won't necessarily guarantee them a spot in the next round, and there is no question this team will be hoping for a Korea, Switzerland draw.

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