Brazil's (L-R) Rafael, Thiago Silva, Marcelo and Leandro Damiao (9) celebrate defeating Honduras in their men's quarter final soccer match against Brazil at the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park in Glascow August 4, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/David Moir)
Brazil has been frustrating to watch throughout the tournament as their tremendous offensive output is not matched by an equally compelling display of defensive responsibility. Their opponents in the gold medal match have proven to be disciplined on the back throughout and present Brazil's toughest task.
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But there are several reasons to believe that destiny is on their side and that they will prevail with their first ever gold medal. Here they are.
If there is one aspect of the Samba King's game that has been perfect it has been their offense. Five games, three goals in each one. To call them unstoppable may even be an underestimation. Brazil will score against Mexico. The real question is how many?
Leandro Damiao has been tremendous with an MVP like performance and six goals. Neymar has been inconsistent but it is impossible to overlook the three goals and two assists and how many other goals he has helped set up. Then guys like Oscar and Sandro have also pitched in positive ways. This is an offense that will give Mexico headaches.
Not by much here, but Neymar, Damiao, Oscar, Hulk, Sandro, Juan Jesus are all on a higher level than the majority of Mexico's staff which can only throw Giovanni Dos Santos, Marco Fabian, Carlos Salcido, and maybe Oribe Peralta into the same conversation. On pure talent, Brazil has more depth and abilities than the Mexicans do. More important is that this talent, whether at its best or not, has found ways to win matches for Brazil almost at will. When push comes to shove, Brazil simply outclasses other squads with their skill. That was on display against Korea, Honduras, and especially New Zealand where it looked like even at their worst moments, the Brazilians could do no wrong.
When both teams lineup on Saturday to play, the best player on either squad will be Neymar. Or at least he is the player with the biggest upside and skills on either side. He does not have the world class experience of a Giovanni Dos Santos, but he is capable of making a big play at a big moment. Just watch his game against Belarus in which he literally carried the team on his back to a huge victory. Or his play against Korea where he drew so much attention from the Asians that the rest of the squad found openings with which to dominate.
Another important factor is that no other player on the pitch will have more to prove than he does. People are already throwing around the Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldihno comparisons with this kid and he has to prove that he can not only play on their level but also win for their national team. Dos Santos has nothing to prove, but Neymar does as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil looms large. Neymar will have a huge game.
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