Mexico's Israel Jimenez fights for the ball with Japan's Yuki Otsu (R) during their men's semi-final soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London at the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 7, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Toru Hanai )
**Update** 1:50 p.m. EDT - Mexico wins the game, 3-1.
**Update** 1:25 p.m. EDT - Mexico's Peralta scores a goal in minute 65. Mexico up 2-1.
Mexico and Japan were tied 1-1 by halftime in a game that decides who advances to the gold medal match on August 11.
Japan's Otsu scored the first goal in minute 12' while Mexico's Fabian equalized the scoreboard 20 minutes later.
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At the start of the first half, star player for Mexico, Dos Santos, was substituted by no. 12, Jimenez, who is another striker.
Throughout the first half of the game, Mexico came out with a slightly more dominating team (almost 60 percent of ball possession), but the defenses on both sides proved to be quite fierce as minimal shots on goal were permitted by both teams.
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Japan Will Win If...
They slow down the match and control possession. The strategy kept the Spanish at bay and should work against Mexico. If Mexico does not have possession, their game plan becomes nullified. Japan does not have the skill level of Mexico. But grit and determination are all that is necessary for the Samurai to prevail.
Mexico Will Win If...
They play with heart. They can run at Japan and control possession to render Japan's offensive strategy useless, but if they play the lifeless soccer that has been a staple of their play in this tournament, then Japan simply needs to up the intensity and should win with ease. Mexico has a slight edge in talent but not by much.
(With contributions from David Salazar)
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