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Fiji Display A Spirited Effort Against Mexico

Fiji players put in a spirited performance against Mexico. They even had a 1-0 lead at half-time, but the gold medal holders proved too strong in the second half, staging
11 Aug 2016 17:19
Fiji Display A Spirited Effort Against Mexico
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: The teams walk out for the Men's First Round Group C match between Mexico and Fiji Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Fonte Nova on August 7, 2016 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Fiji players put in a spirited performance against Mexico.

They even had a 1-0 lead at half-time, but the gold medal holders proved too strong in the second half, staging a comeback to record a 5-1 victory in Group C of the Men’s Olympics Football Tournament with Erick Gutierrez netting four.

Unlike in their opening match against South Korea, Fiji showed a desire and intent to play forward and they were rewarded for their tactical shift in 10 minutes.

Skipper Roy Krishna opened the scoring for the islanders when he ran onto a long ball from Iosefo Verevou and found the net with a header. Mexico goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera came out of the edge of his penalty area and was unable to stop Krishna’s effort from finding the net.

The crowd at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador was clearly in support of Fiji, who were the underdogs going up against the London 2012 gold medallists.

Fiji was able to hold on to their lead going into half-time.

However, it was a much different picture in the second half. Mexico needed just three minutes to score the equaliser when Erick Gutierrez tapped in from close range from Marco Bueno’s cut-back assist.

Gutierrez then went on to score two more quick goals.

His second came after beautiful interplay from Jose Abella and Oribe Peralta, while the Pachuca man’s third was not as aesthetically pleasing.

Carlos Cisneros played the ball into the box to Gutierrez, who fell to the ground while striking the ball but his effort still found the back of the net.

Mexico then made it 4-1 thanks to Carlos Salcedo after a corner kick. Gutierrez then matched Oghenekaro Etebo’s feat of scoring four goals in one match at the tournament, when he finished a beautiful solo run by lifting the over Tamanisau to cap off a 5-1 win.

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