Brazil’s Olympic curse continues, as they surprisingly lost the gold medal final 2-1 to Mexico.
The Selecao have never managed to win the gold medal for football in the Olympic games and were determined to end that unwanted record.
However, within 32 seconds Mexico had taken the lead when Oribe Peralta took advantage of a defensive distraction to convert the assist from Udinese transfer target Javier Aquino.
It was a deserved victory, as the Mexicans also hit the bar with Fabian Marco’s overhead kick and Peralta was allowed a free header to score their second.
Brazil very nearly forced extra time, though, as late on substitute Hulk netted with an angled drive to give them hope.
With the last move of the match, Oscar wasted a golden opportunity by nodding over the bar from close range.
The tension was palpable, as Inter’s Juan Jesus squared up to teammate Rafael in a blazing row after the Manchester United man attempted a backheel flick in midfield, sparking a Mexican counter-attack.
South Korea beat Japan 2-0 to win the bronze medal at London 2012.