Fans celebrate in Mexico City as Mexico defeats Brazil 2-1 for historic Olympic gold medal in the London Games.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (AUGUST 11, 2012) (REUTERS) -Jubilant scenes in Mexico City as revellers flocked to the sprawling capital's Angel of Independence monument on Saturday (August 11) to celebrate its gold medal Olympic victory over football-giant Brazil at the London Games.
Closing down streets in the megalopolis, Mexican fans waved flags and chanted after their football team scored a stunning 2-1 upset win to clinch the men's soccer title for the first time at a packed Wembley Stadium.
Millions across Mexico getting up early to catch the highly-anticipated match on television.
Cheers erupted after Mexico convincingly beat South America's superstar soccer side with two goals from Mexico's Oribe Peralta - the first after 28 seconds.
"It was the best. We are a country of fighters and we won this time, our first gold. It's magnificent. I'm proud of our young team and it's a great example for all young people in the country," said fan Mirna Franco.
Brazil, the hot favourites and desperate to win the only major soccer title to elude them, ended with the silver for the third time.
Mexican soccer fan Armando Mora hoped the historic win would the unite the Latin American country in the throes of a brutal drugs war.
"They had it all for a win. I don't know, we are nothing then we show that we can. This is a beautiful moment for our country. Hopefully this unites us. Let's stop fighting for something beautiful. It's worth it," he said.
Mexico's Olympic football gold makes it the country's first major international soccer title.
Its previous best Olympic performance was a fourth place finish at the 1968 Mexico Games and its best World Cup performances came in the two World Cups it hosted in 1970 and 1986 when it reached the quarter-finals.