|World Player of the Week |
It would have taken a brave man to bet against Brazil's men winning footballing gold at London 2012 - the Selecao boasted some of the best talent ever seen at an Olympic tournament, including Thiago Silva, Neymar, Marcelo, Oscar, Hulk, Alexandre Pato, Lucas and Leandro Damiao.
But Mano Menezes' men were stunned in Saturday's final as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Mexico at Wembley. The hero was Santos Laguna striker Oribe Peralta, who scored both of El Tri's goals in the showpiece.
The deadlock-breaker came after just 28 seconds, the fastest goal in the history of the Olympics since FIFA began keeping records in 1976. Peralta's clincher arrived on 75 minutes with a clinical header. "I dreamed about this moment. It is one of those things you don't get to live every day," the forward beamed at full time.
Peralta was also decisive in the 3-1 semifinal victory over Japan earlier in the week, scoring Mexico's second goal on 65 minutes when the game was tied at 1-1. The 28-year-old finished the competition as third top-scorer with four goals, and it is no surprise that he has been linked with a move to Italy's Serie A.
|Congratulations to Oribe Peralta, Goal.com's 169th World Player of the Week winner! |
On Sunday, we encouraged our readers to nominate their choices for the best player of the week. Here are some of the comments we received:
Lua voted for for eventual winner and Mexico star Oribe Peralta for the part he played in denying Brazil Olympic gold .
"Oribe Peralta. Won the gold for mexico and scored against japan to give them the lead!"
Away from competitive football, Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed Paris Saint-Germain the quality they have bought this summer with an impressive debut performance according to the excitably named jajaja.
"Ibrahimovic. 2 goals and totally dominant display on his debut."
Katakyie praised Juventus star Asamoah for his goalscoring role in the 4-2 Supercoppa clash on Saturday.
"Kwadwo Asamoah of Juventus, score yesterday for juventus lift their 1 cup of the season."
Manchester United's final game of their pre-season European tour saw them beat Hannover 4-3 this weekend, and Wayne Rooney was among the protagonists - Tinaishe Blessed believes he was the key one.
"Wayne Rooney... What a classy performance against Hannover 96."
Luke Sibanda's focus was across the Atlantic in the US where Kaka starred in a Real Madrid's thrashing of AC Milan - fittingly, the Brazilian midfielder has been linked with a return to the San Siro throughout the summer.
"It was Kaka for his outstanding performance during the 5-1 thrashing of Milan."