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Mexico Wins Historic Football Gold Medal

This post is part of our special coverage London 2012 Olympics.

For the first time in the country's Olympic history, Mexico won a gold medal in Men's Football. On August 11, 2012, the country celebrated as the Olympic team beat Brazil 2-1. Crowds all over Mexico waved flags and danced in squares and in the streets; thousands of fans gathered in a massive celebration at the emblematic Independence Angel in Mexico City.

On Twitter, the discussion became very intense, and even humorous. Some of the main hashtags during and after the game were #VamosMexico (“Go Mexico”), #MéxicoDeOro (“Golden Mexico”), #SomosOro (“We are Gold”), and #MexicoCampeón (“Mexico is the champion”).

Marithé Ayala Ortiz, (@werismao) [es] stressed how early people had to wake up on a Saturday morning to watch the game, at 9am in Central Mexico:

@werismao: Realmente tienes la pasión y el amor por tu México si en sábado estas despierto a esta hora #MéxicoDeOro #Londres2012

@werismao: You love and are really passionate about Mexico if you are awake this early on a Saturday #MéxicoDeOro #Londres2012

Photo of Mexico's Olympic Football team celebrating their gold medal. Photo shared on the Mexican national football team's Facebook page “Selección Nacional de México”.

Politics and disappointment regarding the newly elected president were part of the online discussion as well. Kris P (@tititila) [es] wrote:

@tititila: Ojalá gane México a ver si puedo olvidar un ratito el pasado 1 de julio y los próximos 6 años uhuuuuuu!

@tititila: I hope Mexico wins, let's see if at least I can forget what happened on July 1st and [what will happen] during the next 6 years uhuuuuuu!

Fernando Delaflor (@F3rn) [es] joked about his feelings while listening to the national anthem:

@F3rn: Lloré más cantando el Himno Nacional que cuando me cortó mi ex.

@F3rn: I cried more when I sang the National anthem than when my ex-girlfriend broke up with me.

BBC correspondent in Mexico Ignacio de los Reyes (@bbc_delosreyes) [es] described the spirit in the capital city as “euphoric” at the end of the match:

@bbc_delosreyes: México roza su Oro, euforia en las calles del DF y todos gritando “Vámonos al Ángel!” Hoy esta ciudad se va a volver loca!

@bbc_delosreyes: Mexico won Gold, euphoria in the streets of Mexico City (DF) and everybody screams “Let's go to the Angel”! Today the city is going to go mad!

Actor Gael Garcia Bernal (@GaelGarciaB) [es] also celebrated the historic match for Mexico:

@GaelGarciaB: A llorar un ratito. Quedito! Ganamos carajo, ganamos!

@GaelGarciaB: Let's cry a little. Quiet! We won, damn it, we won!

Lety Arr (@letylectric) [es] came to 3 important conclusions by the end of the match:

@letylectric: Ese gol de México rompió: 1. El récord olímpico. 2. Récord mundial (en una final). 3. El corazón de millones de brasileños. #MexicoDeOro

@letylectric: Mexico's goal broke: 1. an Olympic record 2. A world record (in a final match) 3. The heart of millions of Brazilians #MexicoDeOro

Finally, this tweet by Yazmin Lopez (@YazLopez) [es] reflects the positive attitude of Mexican netizens:

@YazLopez: Me gustas así: feliz, vencedor y contento! Te amo México!

@YazLopez: I like you like this: happy, victorious and content! I love you Mexico!

This post is part of our special coverage London 2012 Olympics.

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