LONDON, England (AP) — Brazilians looked dejected with the silver medals around their necks after the men’s Olympic football final. They recognised it as a huge defeat.
Not only did Brazil miss winning its first gold in football, but its 2-1 loss to Mexico also raised doubts about the future of the national team just two years ahead of the World Cup it will host.
The players acknowledged the defeat was a blow to their morale, but remained confident they’ll get over it quickly.
Coach Mano Menezes said the team’s preparations will stay on track, although his job is not secured after Brazil’s failure despite being the heavy favourite to win the competition.