Mexico vs. Switzerland: Everything You Need to Know About London Matchup
Group B opponents Mexico and Switzerland close out their group play in a match at the Millennium Stadium on August 1 at 12 p.m. EDT. Both teams enter the match with hopes of advancing to the knockout stage.
Mexico enter the final day of matches atop Group B with four points after a scoreless draw against South Korea and a 2-0 victory over Gabon. Switzerland have one point after an opening draw against Gabon and a 2-1 loss to South Korea.
Both Teams Are Still Alive
Entering the final day of group play, both Mexico and Switzerland are still alive and will hope to advance to the knockout stage.
The situation is very simple for Mexico: If they can end the day with a draw, they are into the quarterfinals with five points.
Switzerland need a victory and to score some goals in order to get ahead on goal differential. Winning against Mexico by three goals or more would be ideal, though unlikely, for Switzerland.
Injuries for Mexico
Mexico may be without two starters when they take on Switzerland.
Midfielders Hector Herrera and Javier Aquino both missed training following the Gabon match. Both players are nursing ankle injuries. Aquino hurt his ankle against Japan and Herrera injured his against South Korea.
Both would be significant absences for the Mexican side, but they will have to adjust in order to get a result. Jorge Enriquez is likely to replace Herrera like he did against South Korea.
Giovani dos Santos
Giovani dos Santos was the answer for Mexico against Gabon, scoring both goals in the second half after not coming off the bench against South Korea. Without Javier Hernandez on the side, the Mexicans lack a real scoring threat outside of dos Santos.
There is no coincidence that Mexico's attack greatly improved with dos Santos making his Olympic debut to start the second half against South Korea. Mexico will need Dos Santos to be an attacking threat against a fairly strong and disciplined Swiss defense.
Mexico don't need a ton of offense, but things would be a lot more comfortable if dos Santos can snag an early goal.
Swiss Need to Erase Embarrassment
Switzerland have been embarrassing on and off the pitch so far.
Defender Michel Morganella was expelled from the Games after sending a racist tweet to the South Koreans, via ESPN.
Despite apologizing, the damage had been done.
A win against Mexico wouldn't reverse the unfortunate situation off the pitch, but it would help their confidence on it.