During the London Olympics, Mexico only managed to win one gold medal. That gold however, was won for the most important sport in South America, Football. The Mexican team was able to win the gold by defeating the most feared team, Brazil.
The nation of Brazil is known for their excellence in Football, having won the most World Cups and producing some of the worlds greatest talents ever seen in Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and many more. This current team of Brazil was seen as a virtual all-star team, the team had many recognizable stars and many future ones in the making. Most notably was the man who many see as "the next big thing" in football, Neymar. A lot of people had already written off Mexico and were more interested to see this young superstar work his magic as he did in previous games, in essence it was "The Neymar show" for many.
It took 29 seconds for Mexico's Oribe Peralta to score a goal and give the critics as well as the overconfident Brazil a reality check. It didn't hurt that it was also the fastest goal ever scored in any Olympic football game.The Brazil that everyone talked about and exaggerated was not on the field, Neymar tried too many Hollywood passes that almost always gave possession away, their defense was horrendous giving away the ball too easily, and they played as individuals rather than a team. Brazilian football players are great when it comes to tricks and dribbling, attributes that are good for an individual, not a team. When a team consists mostly of these players, it does more harm than good to the team.
As the game continued, Brazil started losing its morale and Mexico was doing what it had to, defend. While Brazil was on the attack for the majority of the game a shocker came in roughly the 75th minute. Oribe Peralta put the nail in Brazil's coffin with a goal that sealed the game. Even though Brazil pulled a goal back in extra time, it didn't matter. The game was over and the better team won.In 2014 the World Cup will be held in Brazil and the hosts are the heavy favorites. For them to make an impact and win their first World Cup since 2002, they need to reconsider their style of play to be more effective, rather than flashy. Also these young up and comers are making millions every year playing for their clubs, so a lot of egos need to be left off the field and locker room in order for them to unite.
To make things clear I am not taking anything away from Mexico, they played excellently. They had unfortunate injuries to some of their star players including Dos Santos their key attacking player. While Brazil's coach has no idea how to turn things around when things aren't looking good, Mexico's coach made a bold decision putting in the older Peralta, a tactical decision that impacted the game immediately. Some think the result came as a shock, but in reality it shouldn't have. Mexico had beaten Brazil the year before and even though it was friendly, it showed Mexico's talent. One thing is clear, a lot of eyes will be on Mexico come World Cup 2014 and don't be surprised if they reach the finals.