For the first time in Olympic history, Mexico’s national soccer team heard it’s national anthem play as they stood on the Olympic podium today. It what turned out to be a historic match, Mexico won it’s first Olympic gold medal after defeating Brazil with a 2-1 score.
Mexico’s forward Oribe Peralta began the match scoring what has been confirmed as the fastest goal in Olympic history since FIFA started keeping Olympic records in 1976. Peralta returned during the second half of the game scoring the second and winning goal with a header during a free kick.
Brazil’s Gavanildo Vieira de Souza, known as the Hulk, scored Brazil’s only goal at the end of the second half; but it was too late to catch up to the Mexican team.
Brazil won its fourth Olympic medal today after consecutively taking silver during the 1984, 1988 Olympics and bronze during the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
This was the first time Mexico has been in an Olympic final and they did their country justice.
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