Mexico won a very entertaining quarterfinal match against Senegal 4-2, and will play against Japan in the semifinals of the London Olympics soccer tournament. There was a moment in Wembley Stadium where it appeared that Mexico would calmly advance to the semifinals, however, Enriquez’ and Aquino’s goals weren’t enough, as Senegal was able to tie the game 2-2 in the second half. The match would have to be defined in overtime.
Two huge mistakes by the Senegalese defense, which led to two goals in overtime was the cause of their elimination. Dos Santos and Hector Herrera took advantage of the defensive mistakes, and scored the goals necessary to seal the Mexican win.
After Mexico took the 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute, I believe Tena committed a mistake by pulling back and handing possession over to Senegal. The African squad had proven in the first half how dangerous it could be when it controlled the ball; it was only due to Corona’s saves that Mexico was able to maintain a clean sheet in the first half. With possession of the ball, Senegal attacked relentlessly and tied up the game by the 75th minute.
Overtime was a different story, Mexico maintained control of the ball most of the time, thus limiting the Senegalese attack. In the end, it was two mistakes which led to Mexico’s goals, and a spot in Tuesday’s semifinal match against Japan.
Enjoy the Mexico vs Senegal goals and highlights: