Posted on August 1, 2012
CARDIFF, Wales — Mexico ensured itself of a quarterfinal appearance at the Olympic men’s soccer tournament, recording a 1-0 Group B victory over Switzerland at Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.
Forward Oribe Peralta scored the lone goal for El Tri (2-0-1, seven points) to win the group while keeping their opponents off the scoreboard.
“It was a difficult game and we have to continue working,” Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena said. “Switzerland was a difficult team and they didn’t allow us to get possession of the ball, but it was a justified victory for us. The team is growing game by game and getting better in physical areas. It is great to finish first [in the group] and to have kept three clean sheets.”
Tena refused to think past the quarterfinal. As of his result, he did not know which he would face from Group A — Great Britain, Senegal or Uruguay.
“We are not favorites to win the gold medal,” he said. “Britain will be difficult as the hosts, Senegal are a strong team and so are Uruguay. It will be decided by the determination of the players and luck.”
“The players will battle for every ball. We want to keep improving, especially when the opponents know us so well and know our strategy.”
Photo: There was plenty to congratulate Oribe Peralta for after he scored Mexico’s goal. Scott Bales/YCJ
Categories: Mexico, North America, Olympic Qualifying
Tags: 2012 London Olympics, Luis Fernando Tena, Oribe Peralta