The men's 2012 Olympic soccer final between Brazil and Mexico was guaranteed to crown a first-time champion—but it was the underdogs who prevailed to win gold.
Mexico struck a shocking blow against the heavily favoured Brazilians with a first-minute goal and ultimately held on to win 2-1.
Brazil had long targeted London 2012 as the opportunity not just to add that elusive Olympic gold to their bulging trophy cabinet, but to put down a definitive marker for their chances at World Cup 2014.
Brazil's progress to the final had been relatively untroubled. There were occasional troubling signs of defensive fragility—letting Egypt back in a game that should have been put beyond them, conceding two to the hard-working but hardly free-scoring Honduras—but Brazil's potent strikeforce always seemed to offer enough to cover these flaws.
But in the final, the wheels well and truly came off. When it mattered most, Brazil simply had no answer for Mexico.
Here are Brazil's five biggest letdowns against El Tri in the Olympic gold medal match.