By Chris Wright
“Kiss the rain, whenever you need me…”
Mexico came from behind to book themselves a berth in the Olympic final, overturning Yuki Otso’s splendid 25-yard drive by putting the first three goals Japan have conceded in the entire tournament past ‘keeper Shuichi Gonda.
While the game itself was sorely lacking in the flair department for the most part, several of the goals registered were truly delightful. Marco Fabian headed Mexico level before half-time and then El Tri nudged ahead after the break, Oribe Peralta capitalising on some shonky Japanese defending to lash a perfect finish across the goal and into the opposite top corner from the edge of the box on the 65-minute mark.
Substitute Javier Cortes then put the whole shebang to bed in injury time, tearing past a hesitant (/knackered) Japanese defence and poking an angled shot under Gonda with but seconds left to play.
Next up for Mexico? Brazil at Wembley.