08 August 2012
Brazil will play Mexico in the London Olympics football final on the 11th after beating South Korea 0-3 in the tournament semi-finals. Brazil is therefore assured at least the silver medal in the competition, which means Marcelo will be picking up his second Olympic medal in the English capital after winning bronze at Beijing 2008. The Real Madrid defender was in the starting line-up against the Asian team and played until he was substituted in the 76th minute. Rómulo scored in the first half and Leandro Damiao scored twice in the second.
Despite the final result, South Korea dominated the beginning of the match. They had the better of the early running, showing considerable flair, and took a shot at goal in the 11th, to which Gabriel had to give it his all. The Brazilian keeper was unable to block Ji's shot in the 13th minute, but his teammate Juan Jesús managed to get the ball out of the goal area. Brazil fought back and some great play by Marcelo in the 19th led to a number of scoring opportunities, culminating in the first goal of the match in the 39th minute. A fast counter-attack from Brazil finished with Leandro shooting across goal and underneath Lee.
After a very even first half Brazil doubled their lead early in the second. Marcelo was close to scoring after some great play from Neymar, but in the end it was Leandro Damiao who slotted the ball into the net in the 57th minute. With barely time to react, the South American team dealt another blow in the 63rd thanks to the same player. Leandro collected a loose ball in the area to score the third goal. In the final minutes Brazil continued to dominate possession, much to the frustration of their rival who persisted throughout. Next Saturday Marcelo might be crowned tournament champion if he wins the final against Mexico, who beat Japan 3-1 in the other semi-final.
|Camiseta de Marcelo en la tienda del Real Madrid para España|
|Camiseta de Marcelo en la tienda del Real Madrid Internacional|