Brave Senegal lose to Mexico
Senegal fought back bravely to send their 2012 London Olympics Men’s Tournament quarterfinal with Mexico into extra-time, but ended up losing 4-2 to bow out of the competition.
Mexico looked to be cruising at 2-0 up midway through the second half, but Senegal brought it level at 2-2, before the Central American side finished the job in extra-time.
Marco Fabian hit the woodwork early on for the Mexicans, who then took the lead on 10 minutes as Giovani dos Santos clipped in a free kick which Jorge Enriquez headed in.
Senegal had a number of opportunities to
draw level, but a mixture of poor finishing and magnificent goalkeeping Jose Corona.
It was 2-0 to the Mexicans though as Javier Aquino stuck home a rebound after Senegal goalkeeper Ousmane Mane could only parry a shot.
That might have been the game, but Senegal
to their credit fought back and scored through Moussa Konate, who netted his
fifth goal of the tournament with a header.
Ibrahima Balde made it 2-2 shortly afterwards when he headed home from a corner and suddenly the momentum was with Senegal.
The game went into extra-time, but it was Mexico who dominated from the start, though both their goals were from Senegalese defensive areas.
Papa Gueye dallied on the ball on the edge
of his areas and Dos Santos robbed him of possession and scored.
Ba’s poor backpass to the goalkeeper was then latched on to by Raul Jimenez, whose shot was parried and Hector Herrera knocked home the rebound.