Latin America & Caribbean

Football fans in Mexico and Brazil react to Olympics match

Football fans in Mexico and Brazil have been respectively celebrating and lamenting the Olympic men's football final. Mexico's 2-1 victory leaves Brazil in search of the only trophy they have never won. BBC reporters in both countries have been talking to fans.

Will Grant in Mexico City

Image caption Mexico's football fans have waited many years for this victory

There were a few nervy moments for Mexicans towards the end of the match after Hulk pulled one back for Brazil. But Mexico were two goals up by that stage, both from the unplayable Oribe Peralta, and Mexicans began to believe for the first time that this would be their year.

The hashtag "HoyMexicoGana" - meaning "TodayMexicoWins" - started to trend on Twitter, and soon it was a reality. This is Mexico's first gold medal of these games, and it marks perhaps their finest footballing achievement ever.

Straightaway, fans began to pour out of the bars and homes where they had watched the match over breakfast and descend on the Angel de la Independencia, an iconic monument in the centre of Mexico City.

There is a party atmosphere in the capital as thousands of people have turned out on the streets, dressed in Mexico football shirts, draped in flags, spraying one another with shaving foam and silly string, drinking and singing songs.

This is a moment which Mexican fans have waited many years to see, and it is as sweet a victory as they could have wished for.

Not only did they beat a favoured Brazil team but the manner of their victory was exemplary. Their players seemed hungrier and more determined than the Brazilians from the start, and their legions of fans are rightly proud of them.

This gold medal comes at an important time for Mexico. So often the news coming out of the country is related to drug violence.

For Mexicans this is a tremendous chance to show the world another side to the country and to celebrate its young and dynamic team.

Rodrigo Durao Coelho in Sao Paulo

Image caption Brazilians are now pinning their hopes on the World Cup they will be hosting

This defeat was a blow but did not set off the kind of collective mourning usually witnessed here after something like an early World Cup exit.

On the streets of Sao Paulo there was little visible evidence of distress about missing out on a gold medal. In districts such as Pinheiros and Vila Madalena the match was screened on huge TVs - but those watching did so without much emotion.

Some even seemed more interested in finishing breakfast, as the kick-off was at 11:00 local time.

There was not much sign of Brazilian yellow shirts either, though one exception was a dejected fan called Marcelo.

Like many he was quick to blame the "boy wonder" Neymar for the failure to win gold, and he was keen to see Brazil's coach Mano Menezes replaced as well.

Overall the mood was subdued. The traditional sound of car horns was noticeable only by its absence, and there was no sign of flags. Life is pretty much as normal for a Saturday in Sao Paulo.

This might be explained partially by the fact that what really counts here is what is seen as the main football tournament - the World Cup. And that will take place in Brazil in two years' time.

Across the city the sun was shining in a cloud-free sky and the only sign of a storm was on social media sites, where pundits and football fans were also adding to demands for a change in command at the top of the Brazilian squad.

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