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Peralta ends the Swiss resistance as Mexico progress

Mexico 1-0 Switzerland

Mexico booked their place in the last eight of the men's football tournament after defeating Switzerland 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

After a weak start, the Mexicans got stronger as the game went on against a team that needed to win to stay in the competition.

Plenty of chances were created but just one taken by the Santos Laguna striker Oscar Peralta (pictured) in the second half.

Early chances

El Tricolour made a nervy start and almost gifted their opponents an early lead, only for Innocent Emeghara to drag his shot way wide of the far post.

Admir Mehmedi also tested goalkeeper Jose Corona from distance and, with Fabian Frei taking control of the midfield, the Europeans continued to have a strong presence on the match.

However, as the game wore on, their influence faded and the Mexicans began to take command.  

Giovani dos Santos, who before this match had been the side's only scorer in the first two matches, came close twice before half-time but there were no goals before half-time.

The second half was one-way traffic from the start, as Diego Benaglio faced a barrage of attacks to deal with.

Peralta on target 

Peralta shot into the side netting in the 53rd minute after good work from dos Santos.

Mexico's no.9 later teed up Jorge Enriquez, who flashed a shot only a yard wide, with Benaglio beaten.

A minute after Enriquez went close, Peralta finally managed to end the Swiss resistance.

He collected dos Santos pass and, after some persistence, calmly managed to finish past the onrushing Benaglio.  

Switzerland struggled to make an impact in the second half and bow out of the tournament with just a single point to show for their efforts.

Mexico will now play Senegal in the quarter-finals at Wembley and could be a dark horse to watch out for in the knockout stages. 

By Alberto Lliteras - Follow me on Twitter @albertolliteras

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