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Villalobos sparks Mexican fightback

Trailing 1-0 after two periods, Ricardo Villalobos scored two brave headers to inspire Mexico to a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Japan.

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Line-up

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11

Substitute(s)

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2
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11
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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)

Statistics

27Shots30
3Corner kicks5
0Overheads0
1Yellow cards0
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
52%Possession (%)48%
  • 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

"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