One of the biggest upsets in olympic soccer history, saw Mexico defeat soccer powerhouse Brazil with two goals by Paralta. The Mexicans were the clear underdog prior to the match.
Mexico started the match with a bang. Less than one minute into the game, Parelto received the ball just outside the 16 meter box and his shot buried it in the lower left corner. No chance for a save for Brazilan keeper Gabriel.
As the half went along Brazil had undoubtedly the majority of chances, with over 60 % possession. With 7-4 shots on goal, Mexico remained calm in an attempt to control the midfield. Their efforts paid off. Despite the numerous chances by Brazil, Mexico took the 1-0 lead into half time.
Both teams started without any further changes to their line-up. Brazil started pressing immediately, with a couple of chances just three minutes into the second half. A free kick, resulting from a foul by Reyes saw Hulk hit the target. Just a few seconds later missed the target.
A second attempt by Neymar just a minute later reached the goal, wtihout success.
Mexico had an excellent chance to move ahead in the 63rd minute. The defenders and the keeper were beaten, but Fabyan's effort hit the crossbar. The ball did find the net in the 68th minute, however Paralta was in an offside position.
Mexico went ahead, however in the 75th minute when Paralta headed the ball from a free kick, finding the net and moving Mexico ahead 2-0.
Brazil created some excitement at the end of 90 when Hulk sank the ball into the net, narrowing the score to 2-1
Three minutes injury time were added on at the end of 90 minutes, which created an opportunity for Brazil to tie the score. It was not to be. Mexico held on for a 2-1 victory and the soccer gold medal.
Mexico: Corona, Jimenez (Vidiro 80th), Salcido, Mier, Chavez,,Herrera, Fabian, Peralta (Jimenez (85th), Aquino (Ponce 56th), Reyes, Enriquez
Brazil: Gabriel, Rafael Silva (Luca 85th) , Thiago Silva, Juan, Sandro (Pato 71st), Marcelo, Romulo, Damiao, Oscar, Neymar, Alex Sandro (Hulk 31st)