NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 4: Leandro Damaiao of Brazil celebrate his goal during the Men's Football Quarter Final match between Brazil and Honduras, on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park on August 4, 2012 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Francis Bompard/Getty Images)
CONCACAF will have a representative in both the men's and women's football final, after Mexico defeated Japan 3-1 this afternoon. The men's final will be all-Americas as Brazil handled their Asian opponent as well, defeating South Korea 3-0. The gold medal final will be held Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
Japan actually scored first in their match against Mexico, with Yuki Otsu coming through in the 12' with a blast from outside the penalty area. Mexico was able to score three unanswered goals starting with a Marco Fabian equalizer in the 31'; a header off a corner kick.
After halftime, Oribe Peralta of Santos Laguna made a great play to win the ball back after his shot was saved, then striking from distance. Javier Cortes clinched the game just before the end of stoppage time, as Mexico reached the gold medal match for the first time in their history. Their previous best was a fourth place finish in 1968.
The only sour note for Mexico was the removal of Giovani Dos Santos at halftime with an as of yet unidentified injury. No word on his availability.
South Korea held their own against Brazil for the first half hour, but once Brazil got going it was an onslaught. Ramulo went near post to score the opener in the 38', and then after halftime Leandro Damiao notched a brace to take the lead in the tournament's Golden Boot race with six goals in the tournament.