Thursday, July 7, 2011

As though It Were a Movie

The scoring in Mexico's semifinal win against Germany in sunny Torreón went like this: Mexico-3 minutes, Germany-9, Germany-59, Mexico-75, Mexico-89. That right there indicates a pretty wild game, but the way Mexico bounced back was even better: a gol olímpico, which is to say straight in off the corner kick, and then a bicycle right before the opening of injury time to win it. Julio Gómez, who netted the winner, did so with a bandage around the upper 40 percent of his head, having just come back in after cracking his head on the tying goal.

Now Uruguay, and perhaps Mexico's second U17 title in six years, awaits in Sunday's final at Estadio Azteca.

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