News and opinions
11 August 2012
Brazilian selection went without the gold medal in the final of the Olympic Games in London after losing 1-2 against Mexico,who went ahead in the first minute after a goal from Peralta. The curse of the ‘canarinha’ in the Olympic Games was confirmed once again apart from a game in which they made incredible mistakes on numerous occasions. Peralta's second goal finished off a badly injured Brazil, although Hulk shortened the difference in minute 90. Marcelo played the entire game but could not win the gold medal with Brazil.
The game went Mexico´s way leaving little time to sit on the bench. The lineup led by Luis Fernando Tena put the ball into play and in less than 30 seconds went into the lead with a goal from Oribe Peralta. A deep pass to the group with no apparent danger caught Rafael with his back turned and Oribe managed to intercept a pass with great skill to take aim at the goal and score with a low shot which went in to the right. A new Challenge for Brazil, which already had to regroup more than once on the road to the Wembley final.
The Menezes lineup sought their goal, but at the same time the Mexicans kept going for the second, although with less intensity. And the ‘canarinha’ was able to move forward thanks to Hulk, who came into play in minute 35 to activate the attacking play and fired a shot that went above the goal by a short margin. Also Marcelo, who played well forward during all the game, got his chance after a brilliant triangulation, but his powerful shot from inside the area went wide.
Brazil could not connect with Neymar and began to miss his presence. Therefore, they had to change their game in the second half. In fact, Brazil experienced one of its best moments when del Santos led with his offensive game. However, the goal never arrived. To make matters worse,the Mexicans began to put the fear of god into the Brazilians. First, with a shot against the crossbar after an oversight by the defence in which the defence called offside and secondly, with a goal disallowed as offside. But the third time means victory and in minute 75 Peralta scored his second goal putting into the net the free-kick from Marco Fabian. The goal seemed to determine the game, although Hulk narrowed the difference in minute 90 by individual effort and Brazil began to become confident. Oscar had a tie in mind, but kicked offside at minute 93. Brazil will have to keep looking for their dream gold medal, the one that has been resisting it since the Olympic Games of 1984.
|Camiseta de Marcelo en la tienda del Real Madrid para España|
|Camiseta de Marcelo en la tienda del Real Madrid Internacional|