Mexico were unstoppable as they thrashed South Africa U23 with a 3-0 scoreline in their Olympics men’s football clash in Sapporo on Wednesday.
The North Americans were keen to test the SA defenders in the opening moments of the match, but their efforts were not good in the final third.
However, the unfazed Mexican side continued to see plenty of the ball, forcing South Africa into errors of which resulted into a goal by Alexis Vega in the 18th minute.
David Notoane’s troops tried to lift the tension by pushing forward in numbers, but the opponents remained disciplined at the back.
The pace of the game continued with both teams going back and forth.
In the last minutes of the first half, Luis Romo scored the second goal of the day for Mexico.
Back out for the remaining 45, South Africa started on the right foot – taking the game to ‘The Tricolor’, with the hopes of finding a quick goal in order to stabilise the game.
Amaglug-glug’s few minutes of dominance in the second period succumbed to a premature ending when captain Tercious Malepe receiving a red card after VAR check in the 54th minute of the contest.
Just six minutes later of the red incident, Henry Martin found the back of the net with a great definition inside the box after a great play with Carlos Rodriguez, who also received a red card in the 66th minute.
As the the game progressed, the gap remained at three, and it was Mexico who took command of the showdown.
With all being said, it ended in tears for South Africa, who will come back home with nothing to show for themselves from the Tokyo Olympics Games.
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By Mauwane Raophala