Mexico's team players celebrate as Japan's Yuki Otsu (C) reacts after 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 )
Mexico will get a chance at its first ever gold medal in the Soccer tournament after a tremendous 3-1 comeback win against Japan.
Japan came out storming and scored the match's first goal just 12 minutes in when Yuki Otsu volleyed a Keigo Higashi shot into the top corner past Mexican keeper Jose Corona.
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The goal put the Mexicans behind for the first time in the entire tournament, but it ignited the sluggish North Americans. In the 31st minute, their effort would come to fruition as Marco Fabian would finally score his first goal of the tournament off a Giovanni Dos Santos corner kick.
The goal set the Japanese off their game plan as they lacked the aggressiveness that had defined their campaign. Mexico controlled the play and took the lead in the 65th minute when Oribe Peralta stole the ball from Takahiro Ohgihara who misplayed a pass from keeper Shuichi Gonda. After robbing the ball, Peralta blasted the ball into the upper corner and gave Mexico the lead.
Ohigara almost tied up the match on a free-kick, but recipient Kensuke Nagai headed the ballover the net.
Japan threw on more firepower in the final moments but Mexico eventually sealed the deal with a Javier Cortes goal in the 93rd minute.
Mexico will get to fight for their first gold medal against a Brazilian squad that is equally hungry for its first ever gold medal.