Mexico Stuns Brazil, Wins Gold

LONDON (AFP) - Mexico stunned Brazil to win their first gold in the Olympic men's football tournament as Oribe Peralta's double clinched a shock 2-1 victory over the five-time world champion Saturday.

Peralta struck after just 30 seconds and the Mexican striker sealed one of the all-time great Olympic upsets when he scored again late in the second half.

Hulk got one back in stoppage-time but Mexico, playing in their first Olympic final, were deserved winners as Brazil once again failed to end their long wait for a first football gold.

While Brazil have graced the World Cup with some of the best players and most dazzling performances ever seen on football's grandest stage, the Selecao have never managed to replicate those golden moments at the Games and this was another miserable chapter in their Olympic history.

Brazil, bronze medallists in Beijing in 2008, lost in the Olympic final in 1984 and 1988 and their failure to win gold has rankled with such a proud football nation for decades.

Mexico manager Luis Fernando Tena added: ''We are extremely happy. It's a wonderful moment for our country. Mexico will be on the streets partying right now.

''It's a great moment for a coach to see his players singing the national anthem with gold medals around their necks.''


The Olympic Games draw to a close Sunday with Kenya and Ethiopia's marathon men preparing for a duel on the streets of London in a fitting finale to the fortnight-long sporting spectacular.

The final day of action before a star-studded closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium will see the last 15 medals go up for grabs, with the men's marathon getting things under way at 11:00am local time (1000 GMT).

The United States, who is likely to finish the 2012 Olympics on top of the medal table after losing out to China four years ago, should add to their haul on Sunday with gold in the men's basketball final.

The Americans' Dream Team of NBA stars will be chasing a 14th gold medal and their fifth in sixth Olympiads when they face Spain.

Kenya's two-time world champion Abel Kirui is hoping to add an Olympic marathon gold to his wins at the 2009 and 2011 world championships as he bids to emulate late compatriot Samuel Wanjiru, winner in Beijing four years ago.

The Kenyans can also count on the 2012 London marathon winner Wilson Kipsang, hugely impressive when winning in the British capital in April.


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