The Mexico soccer team flexed their muscles in a one-sided 1-0 victory over Switzerland on Wednesday in the final match for both teams in Group B play at the 2012 Olympics.
Mexico will advance to the knockout round for the first time since 1996 after registering seven points in Group B.
There was no question who the better team was throughout this match. Mexico dominated the time of possession battle and at times seemed almost too patient. They were seeking the perfect opportunity to strike and found it in the 69th minute on a beautiful goal by Oribe Peralta Morones.
With rain steadily pouring for large stretches of the match, the field was a tad sloppy, and the passing of both teams wasn’t crisp. It certainly won’t go down as one of the most thrilling matches ever, but Mexico did what they had to do.
While Switzerland put forth a valiant effort, one point in group play is not going to get it done, and they are now going home empty-handed.
The big difference was the aggressiveness of Mexico in the second half. They seemed to be in complete control for the entire 45 minutes, according to the Mexican Soccer Show:
Mexico has been outstanding thus far on both sides of the ball, and John Jagou of BigSoccer.com reminds us just how incredible the entire defense has been:
Mexico and Honduras advance in Olympic soccer. And whoda thunk it? Mexico has yet to give up a goal.— John Jagou (@jjagou) August 1, 2012
The vuvuzela craze seems to have passed, but one man is still trying to keep the annoying noisemaker relevant, as noted by one fan:
I think there's only one lonely vuvuzela player in the crowd of this Mexico/Switzerland soccer match. I respect his commitment. #Olympics— Garrett Herzfeld (@CeeDeeGeeBee) August 1, 2012
Mexico appears to be one of the rising powers in soccer, and as Daniel Robertson of MLSSoccer.com points out, they are light years ahead of the Americans:
Love my Yanks but Mexico plays so much better soccer than us right now at the younger levels. It's not even close— Daniel Robertson (@DRobertsonFCD) August 1, 2012
Giovani dos Santos: A-
Dos Santos was the most aggressive player on either side of this match, looking to attack seemingly every time he touched the ball. He ended up having one shot on goal and four shots total.
There was no question who the best player on the field was on this day, and he is one of the main reasons Mexico is now moving on.
Oribe Peralta Morones: A
His goal was a testament to his superb coordination and sharp-shooting foot. It was a thing of beauty, and now he has his first goal of the Olympics.
For the match he had three shots on goal, and he ends up being the MVP of the night.
Innocent Emeghara: B
One of the few players on Switzerland to play with any sense of urgency, Emeghara collected three shots, including one on goal.
That was the most shots fired off today by a member of the Swiss team.
Michel Morganella: F-
This bone-headed 23-year-old decided to fire off racial slurs in South Korea’s direction via Twitter after Switzerland’s 2-1 loss on Sunday.
He was promptly booted from the team, according to Yahoo! Sports, as the second Olympian to get kicked out of London for an offensive tweet.
The Swiss certainly could have used him on Wednesday.