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Wednesday, 8th August 2012
In Japan Sports News, Sports,

Gold hopes dashed for men?s football side

The Japanese men’s football team saw their hopes of securing gold in the Olympic Games dashed after suffering a 3-1 defeat against Mexico in the semi-finals.

This is the furthest both sides have come in the Games since 1968, when Japan overcame the central-American country to take bronze.

While the women’s team, Nadeshiko, will compete against the US for gold tomorrow (August 9th), the men’s side have to settle for a battle for bronze against the Republic of Korea on Friday.

Japan got off to a good start against Mexico when Yuki Otsu gave them an early lead with a fantastic goal, but their luck ended there as the Latino side fought back with strong performances by Marco Fabian, Oribe Peralta and Javier Cortes.

Despite making three substitutions throughout the game, Japan failed to scale back Mexico’s victory.

Mexico take on Brazil in the final on Saturday.

Posted by Susan Ballion

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