Mexico out of Rio football tournament
Mexico has been eliminated from the Olympic football tournament in Rio.
The country who is currently holders of the title was eliminated at the group stage. They needed a win in the match against the Korea Republic but were beaten 1-0 instead. Although they were the better side throughout the game, they could not manage to find an opening in the Korean defence.
Korea’s victory means that they finish at the top of their group and will be facing Honduras in the quarter-final. Germany who finished second in the group will be facing Portugal at the same time.
This will be a massive disappointment for Mexico as they were hoping to keep the medal for another tournament. For some pundits, they were the best team in the tournament and unfortunately for them they could not make it past the group stage.
Mexican fans were hoping that their team will provide them some consolation following their humiliation at the Copa America Centenario. Indeed Mexico was thrashed 7-0 in the United States by Chile, and they were hoping that a good performance at the Olympics will help them reconcile with their public. Unfortunately, this is not what happened, and the team was eliminated once again at the Olympics.
In fairness, Mexico was the best team for large period of the game, but they were let down by poor decision-making in the final third. The strikers were guilty of wasting some chances and unfortunately for them they were let down also by their defence when it matters the most. Indeed, Korea will score an important goal in the 77th minute with their first shot on target. The Mexican defenders were guilty of ball watching on the goal and made it too easy for the Korean player to score.