The defending champions of the men’s Olympic football event have crashed out of the tournament. Mexico lost their last hope of making it on to defend their title when they slumped to a narrow defeat to Korea Republic.

The Group C games were very competitive, yet many fancied the defending champions to at least get a quarter final ticket, but it seems the other teams wanted it more.

Korea defeated Mexico 1-0 in the final round of games in Group C. The match was played in Brasilia on Wednesday. The results meant Korea were top of the group, and would face Honduras in the quarter final on Saturday, August 13, 2016. For thse thinking how to bet on Rio Games, Brazil remai the current favourites.

Germany joined the others in mauling Fiji 10-0 in the other round of games, joining Korea in the next stage of the tournament which has brought many surprises. Two-time champions Argentina crashed out, and host Brazil who were one of the favourites to lift the trophy nearly lost out until last minute effort gave them a chance to move ahead.

Mexico hoped the Rio Olympic Games would help ease the pain they suffered at the recently concluded Copa America Centenario hosted by the United States. Mexico crashed 7-0 against Chile at the tournament, though they went on to win the title defeating Argentina in a keenly contested final. El Tri hoped to cause a smile in football but the champions couldn’t even make it out of the group stage, despite finishing excellently just four years ago in London.

The Mexican Olympic team was blunt in attack, the midfield was not as creative and the defence went to sleep when it mattered the most. Despite the strong initial resistance, Korea’s Chang-Hoon Kwon waltzed in and scored the only goal that separated both sides in the 77th minute.