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Match 6 Marseille - Stade du Prado
Clear
18 July
4:3 (0:1, 0:0, 4:2)
  • Israel SANTOYO (24'30")
  • Ricardo VILLALOBOS (24'50", 30'30")
  • Christopher FLORES (28'53")
  • Katsuhiro YOSHII (1'47")
  • Teruki TABATA (24'02")
  • Tomoya UEHARA (26'46")

Referee Mohamed MORSI (EGY)

Summary

Villalobos sparks Mexican fightback

Villalobos sparks Mexican fightback

Mexico exploded into life in the final period to defeat Japan 4-3 on their Marseille 2008 debut. Ramon Raya's side trailed 1-0 heading into the last 12 minutes, but a Ricardo Villalobos double thrust them to victory in what he described as a "must-win game". Katsuhiro Yoshii‘s goal for Japan was all that separated the teams following 24 minutes. But if the first two periods ...

Highlights

Line-up

MEX
JPN
Substitute(s)
Coaches
Ramon RAYA (MEX)
(JPN) Takeshi KAWAHARAZUKA
Officials
  • Referee: MORSI Mohamed (EGY)
  • Second referee: OGUNMUYIWA Jelili (NGA)
  • Third referee: HAGHIGHATJOO Farshid (IRN)
  • Timekeeper: MOREIRA Alberto (BRA)

Photos

  • Mexico's coach Ramon Raya sings his national anthem before the group-phase match against Japan at Marseille 2008
  • Kids bring a mexican flag before first-phase match between Mexico and Japan at Marseille 2008
  • Mexico's Jose Luis Navarrete competes against Japan's Michio Oshiro during their first-phase match at Marseille 2008
  • Mexico's Jose Luis Navarrete competes against Japan's Michio Oshiro during their first-phase match at Marseille 2008
  • Japan's Tomoya Uehara looks dejected after loosing against Mexico during their first-phase match at Marseille 2008
  • Japan's Tomoya Ginoza looks dejected after loosing against Mexico during their first-phase match at Marseille 2008
  • Japan's Teruki Tabata looks dejected after loosing against Mexico during their first-phase match at Marseille 2008
  • Mexico's Ricardo Villalobos celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Japan during their first-phase match at Marseille 2008
  • Mexico's Ricardo Villalobos celebrates after scoring against Japan during their first-phase match at Marseille 2008

Quotes

"We started the match slowly but we gradually woke up during the second period. After reaching the final last year you could say there's a little pressure on us," Jose Luis Navarrete, Mexico captain 

"My team showed a lot of heart and that's the main reason why we came out on top today," Ramon Raya, Mexico coach

"This match turned out to be a really tough one for us. I think my players put on a good show but it's the result that counts, and I have to say we're very disappointed. We're going to keep on working hard, though, because anything is still possible," Takeshi Kawaharazuka, Japan player-coach

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    STATISTICS
    MexicoStatisticsJapan
    27Shots30
    3Corner kicks5
    1Yellow cards0
    0Second yellow card and red card0
    0Red Cards0
    52%Possession (%)48%