Henry Martín and Johan Vázquez celebrate one of the goals against South Korea.MATTHEW CHILDS / Reuters
Mexico rejoices in its soccer.
The Olympic team is oiled up and beat South Korea 3-6 to reach the semifinals of the Olympic Games.
His rival will be Brazil.
The Brazilians already know what it is to have a very bad time: in London 2012 the Mexicans won the gold medal.
El Tri wants to get the
the road next Tuesday (3.00 Central Mexico time).
The first impression of the bulky scoreboard is directed towards the idea that South Korea was not much of a challenge.
The Asian team was uncomfortable for the Mexican team in the first 45 minutes.
Speed and persistence were key.
South Korea Song Bum-Keun, Seol Yung-Woo, Kang Yoon-Sung, Jeong Tae-Wook, Park Ji-Soo, Kim Jin-Kyu, Lee Dong-Jun, Kim Dong-Hyun, Kim Jin-Ya, Lee Dong- Gyeong and Hwang Ui-JoMéxicoOchoa, Johan Vásquez (Jesús Angulo, min. 79), César Montes, Vladimir Loroña, Jorge Sánchez, Joaquín Esquivel, Francisco Córdova (Fernando Beltrán, min. 72), Luis Romo, Ernesto Vega (Jesús Angulo, min. 77), Henry Martin (Eduardo Aguirre, min. 77) and Carlos Antuna (Diego Lainez, min. 71)
Goals0-1 min. 11: Henry Martin. 1-1 min. 19: Lee Dong-Gyeong. 1-2 min. 28: Luis Romo. 1-3 min. 38: Francisco Córdova. 2-3 min. 50: Lee Dong-Gyeong. 2-4 min. 53: Henry Martin. 2-5 min. 62: Francisco Córdova. 2-6 min. 83: Eduardo Aguirre. 3-6 min. 90: Hwang Ui-Jo. Referee Orel Grinfeld Yellow cards Johan Vasquez (min. 31), Jeong Tae-Wook (min. 34), Kang Yoon-Sung (min. 37), Won Du-Jae (min. 48), Jorge Sánchez (min. 75) and Jesús Angulo (min. 89)
Mexico wanted to take center stage by taking over the ball.
South Korea, when it started, gave him problems.
The Asian team won balls on the attack with fouls committed by the Mexicans and with counterattacks.
El Tri gave all control to its creative extremes: Alexis Vega and Uriel Antuna.
That was the key for Mexicans to be more comfortable.
Vega crossed from left to right and there Luis Romo centered her again so that Henry Martín's right head made it 0-1.
Not even 10 minutes had passed when the South Koreans tied when Dong Gyeong Lee pulled a hat trick by shooting from long range and scoring a flamboyant goal.
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Guillermo Ochoa, the leader, harangued his companions not to collapse.
Nine minutes after conceding the tie, Romo scored with a volley thanks, of course, to a pass from Vega.
It was the Mexican moment.
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Antuna despaired at the defensive back and they committed a penalty.
Sebastián Córdova, with category, shot for 1-3.
Jaime Lozano, coach of Tri, dispensed with the starting eleven of Diego Lainez of Betis.
Antuna, with a better ability to despair of rivals, did his thing.
In the second half, South Korea shook their team with three changes to try to react.
The ferocity of the Koreans found Dong Gyeong Lee again with an option to finish and struck down Ochoa's goal for 2-3.
Mexico found in the stopped ball an opportunity to hit.
Henry Martín, who had trouble finding a goal in the first phase, headed in to make it 2-4.
South Korea clung to any rival mistakes.
Cordova, with a high self-esteem, kicked from long distance to make a great goal: five Mexican goals.
Still Antuna failed, without much guilt, in front of the goal.
Lozano knew that it was time to give the substitutes minutes.
In the final stretch the juniors sentenced everything with a goal from Eduardo Aguirre.
In the closing minutes, South Korean courage made a relief goal with Hwang Ui-Jo.
El Tri will have their dream match, again, against Brazil.
On the other side of the tournament, Spain will face Japan.
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