August 1, 2012
EL TRI FIRST IN GROUP
Mexico wins 1-0 over Swiss
CARDIFF, Wales---Forward Oribe Peralta scored from 14 yards off a Giovani dos Santos feed in the 69th minute to give Mexico a 1-0 win over Switzerland (0-2-1, one), and a berth in the Olympic quarterfinals, Wednesday at Millennium Stadium .
The Mexicans, backstopped by Cruz Azul netminder Jose de Jesus Corona, haven't given up a goal in three games.
“It was a difficult game and we have to continue working,” Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena said. “Switzerland was a difficult team and they didn’t allow us to get possession of the ball, but it was a justified victory for us. The team is growing game by game and getting better in physical areas. It is great to finish first [in the group] and to have kept three clean sheets.”
El Tri was dangerous throughout the match, even though the Swiss controlled the ball well.
Mexico came close just before halftime, when Dos Santos had a shot on goal that was turned away by Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
Peralta missed a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the 54th minute, but made up for it 15 minutes later, when he took a pass from Dos Santos, cut into the area and put the ball into the lower right corner of the net.
El Tri came close to doubling the score in the 83rd minute, but a shot by Israel Jimenez was right at Benaglio.
Mexico’s next game will be Saturday against Senegal in London.