LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – While Mexico vs Japan 2012 (en vivo 9 am PST) is one of two Men’s Olympics soccer semi-finals matches today, most news analysts contend this will be the closer match. When Mexico vs Japan 2012 kicks off today, the futbol match will depend on the skill of two players: Mexico’s Hector Herrera and Giovani dos Santos. Together, Herrera and Dos Santos have advanced Team Mexico from the Group round to just one game away for the gold. But can they do it again today?
Giovani dos Santos has been one of the key Mexico futbol stars of the last two years. He was part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Before that, he help lead Mexico to the 2005 U-17 World Cup in Peru. In 2010, he became the runner up for FIFA Young Player of the Tournament Award.
But most fans and news analysts took notice of Dos Santos after his incredible showing in Los Angeles last year for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. As covered on LALATE at the time, Dos Santos delivered gaming winning shots throughout the tournament. He was voted with the best goal of the tournament for his shot in the finals against Tim Howard, giving Mexico the 4-2 win. He also delivered a brace against Cuba earlier in the tournament.
Hector Herrera has also been stellar for Mexico. The native of Rosarito earlier this year won the most outstanding player at the 2012 Toulon Tournament.
Throughout this tournament, Mexico has advanced because of Herrera and Dos Santos. Last weekend, Herrera and Dos Santos delivered the game winning goals against Senegal after the two teams were tied at the seventy-six minute mark. In fact, Herrera and Dos Santos scored only ten minutes apart.
Earlier, Herrera and Dos Santos lead to Mexico to the top of Group B. Against Gabon, Dos Santos earned a brace with all the goals in the match.
But Mexico has had its lackluster moments during this tournament as well. The team narrowly beat the Swiss and earned a scoreless draw against the Koreans.
Japan, in turn, hadn’t shown much scoring abilities in the Group round. In three preliminary games, the team scored only two goals. Against Spain, Otsu delivered the strike, and against Morocco it was Nagai.
But Japan shocked news analysts in delivering more goals in its quarterfinals match than it delivered in the entire tournament. Japan delivered a stunning 3-0 victory against Egypt last weekend.
As a result, while Herrera and Dos Santos might be the offense key to the Mexicans today, Team Mexico’s defense needs to prepared for the explosive scoring skill of the Japanese. Live results of today’s game can be followed online HERE.
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