Mexico Olympic Soccer Team 2012: 6 Things El Tri Must Do to Defeat Japan

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Mexico Olympic Soccer Team 2012: 6 Things El Tri Must Do to Defeat Japan
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Mission accomplished. Mexico has reached the semifinals for the first time since 1968, when they hosted the Olympic Games. After suffering more than needed, El Tri defeated Senegal 4-2 in overtime and will face Japan next Tuesday.

It's been a long way for Fernando Tena's squad that has been erratic at times and splendid in key moments. The Samurai Blue knows Mexico's style of play, as they played a preparation match for London just two weeks ago.

In that game, Japan defeated El Tri by pushing them to make childish mistakes and taking advantage of their lack of order in the midfield.

But there's more history for these squads. It was precisely in Mexico 1968 that they played the bronze-medal match, which Japan won 2-0 at the Estadio Azteca, something very few have accomplished.

It's time for the Mexican players to prove what they are made of and give their country one of the biggest joys in football history.

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