NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Giovani Dos Santos of Mexico controls the ball during the friendly international match between Japan and Mexico at the City Ground on July 21, 2012 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
The Men's Football Tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London held it's quarterfinal round today. Two matches went to added extra time, one match had five combined goals, and one quarterfinal had a clean sheet. A good amount of variety in a tournament that has proven interesting even if it's U-23. The semi-finals will feature two Asian teams and two teams from the Americas.
Honduras was not able to withstand Neymar's Brazil squad at St. James Park, but went down fighting to the tune of 3-2. Mario Martinez on loan to the Seattle Sounders scored the opening goal in the 12th minute, and Roger Espinoza of Sporting Kansas City put Honduras up 2-1 48th. However, a Neymar penalty kick in the 50' equalized the match, and then Brazil went ahead for good when Leandro Damiao completed his brace.
It took added penalty kicks to separate host Great Britain and South Korea at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, with South Korea eventually eliminating Team GB from the tournament (5-4). Daniel Sturrige stutter stepped taking Britain's final penalty, but it was saved. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey had two penalty kicks in regular time, one he made in the 36' and one he missed.
CONCACAF will be represented in the finals, as Mexico outlasted Senegal in added extra time at Wembley Stadium. The match ended 2-2, and then Mexico scored in the 98' and the 109' to move on to the Semi-Finals. Four different players scored for Mexico. They will face Japan in their Semi-Final. Japan kept a clean sheet against Egypt at Old Trafford, winning 3-0.