Mexico's Olympic soccer team play their last friendly
The Mexican Olympic soccer team arrived Thursday to England and on Saturday will dispute against Japan their final friendly before the start of the competition July 26th against South Korea.
Before the opening match against the South Koreans, the Tri have chosen a team like Japan, also qualified for the Games and with a playing style similar to the first Olympic rival of Luis Fernando Tena's men, a practice which will further refine details .
"This preparation game will help the Aztecas to have an idea of how an Asian team plays, before the Olympics first match vs South Korea," estimated the Mexican Federation in a statement.
Mexico had been concentrated in Europe in the southern Spanish coast in the province of Malaga (Andalusia), where the team played two friendly matches against top opponents.
First they played behind closed doors at the request of rival Great Britain in Marbella with a 1-0 win for Mexico, while on Wednesday fell by the same score but leaving a good impression, to Spain in Cadiz.
The trip to England to live the Olympic dream was made from Cadiz, first heading to Gibraltar, then to London and from there the team traveled to Nottingham, where they prepare for the final friendly before the Olympic games.
This Friday, the team was able to recognize and work out on the field of historic Nottingham Forest stadium where the friendly match will take place.
"Many players are raising their level and at certain moments we played good soccer, but we still have work to do, thisis a very important week and now we play Japan," said Tena after the defeat to the Spanish.
Despite this defeat, Mexico have been praised by the some gold medal contenders like Brazil or Spain, which have emphasized the Tri quality and good results obtained in recent months, so they see them as a serious contender for the podium.
Mexico is drawn in Group B of the first phase of the Olympic soccer tournament, along with Switzerland, Gabon and South Korea. They will start the tornament playing against the South Koreans, on June 26th in Newcastle, the day before the official start of the Olympics.
Japan will start against Spain, also on July 26 in a locked area also Honduras and Morocco.