MEXICO VS JAPAN PREVIEW

Mexico aim to continue their unbeaten run and make it to the 2012 Olympics final at the expense of Japan, a team that have been the biggest surprise package of the tournament.

Arriving to the Summer Games with the team that had already won Pan American Games and Toulon Youth Tournament, Mexico were always seen as one of the outside favourites for the trophy.

El Tri had a somewhat slow start as they could only muster a goalless draw against South Korea, but impressive victories over Gabon and Switzerland saw them win the first place in their group.

After reaching the quarter-finals without conceding a single goal, Luis Tena’s side were made to work hard for the win against Senegal, but they scored two extra-time goals to record a 4-2 win after their opponents came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw in regular time.

Boss Luis Tena is unlikely to make changes to the side that beat Senegal, with Giovani dos Santos set to keep his place in the starting line-up.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Corona – Reyes, Jimenez, Mier, Chavez – Enriquez, Salcido – Aquino, Fabian, Dos Santos – Peralta.

Japan kept a low profile when arriving to the Men’s Football Tournament at the 2012 Summer Games, and they were not even expected to progress from the group stage.

However, the Blue Samurai not only beat Spain in their opening game, but completely outclassed one of the main candidates for the trophy and they have never looked back since.

Having beaten Morocco in their second game, the goalless draw against Honduras proved enough for a place in the quarter-finals, where Japan recorded a 3-0 victory over very good Egypt side.

Given that striker Kensuke Nagai has recovered from a thigh problem, boss Takashi Sekizuka is set to field an unchanged line-up.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Gonda – Tokunaga, H. Sakai, Yoshida, Suzuki – Ogihara, Higashi, Yamaguchi – Otsu, Nagai, Kiyotake