Gabon's Levy Madinda (R) and Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez fight for the ball during their men's Group B soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park in Newcastle, northern England July 26, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Nigel Roddis)
Round two of the group stage gets underway with a plethora of matches that could determine the tournaments of certain teams as soon as today.
Group B has the most interesting scenario of all as all four teams are tied with one point a piece meaning that no team has a real chance at a stranglehold with a victory in day two. This is the widest open of the four groups entering Sunday.
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Mexico vs. Gabon 9:30 a.m. EDT
Gabon took some time to adjust to their first match in tournament history. Just five minutes, they were behind 1-0 and were being severely outplayed by the Swiss. However, the team regrouped, found a physical edge and plowed themselves to a tie before the first half expired. They will need to bring that edge against a skilled Mexican team that will likely begin the match with a different formation from their match against Korea.
Giovanni Dos Santos was absent from the match against Korea until the 66th minute. His insertion changed the complexity of the match as it forced the Asians to tighten up and adjust to his speed and skill. Expect him to start in this match.
Prediction: Mexico wins this 3-1 in rather comfortable fashion. Dos Santos will make a huge impact at the start of the match.
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Switzerland vs. Korea Republic 12:15 p.m. EDT
The Koreans looked like the better squad for much of the match against the Mexicans with their speed and aggressive offense. The Swiss were aggressive against the inexperience Gabonese, but they will likely revert to their trademark defensive style against a more seasoned Korean offense. This will ultimately be a battle of wills: Korea will assert their offensive style while the Swiss will absorb the pressure and rely on a strong counterattack.
Prediction: 0-0 Draw. The Swiss will stand up to the Korean offense but will not produce much of their own opportunities.
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