FIFA U-17 World Cup Final
Mexico 2:0 Uruguay, Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, 98,943
It all ended sweetly for the host nation as Mexico's Under 17 team won the World Cup in front of a partisan sea of green in the Azteca today.
Captain Antonio Briseno's goal just after the half hour gave the home team the cushion and Giovani Casillas' breakaway finish in injury time at the end of the 90 sealed a perfect day for El Tri.
Uruguay can count themselves unlucky having hit the post twice but offered little in offensive threat after the break when it was needed. Their final perhaps was their impressive 3-0 elimination of Brazil in the semi. When Uruguay's Juan San Martin frapped the woodwork on the hour it looked like was going to be Mexico's day and with the crowd behind them, their confidence grew.
Azteca gasps turned to roars moments after San Martin's chance as Julio Gomez entered the fray, still sporting the head bandage worn by many fans in homage to his semi-final heroics. The psychological momentum of the game was Mexico's.
With the senior team winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month, the capture of the U17 World Cup completes a summer of love for the Central American powerhouse. Perhaps one of the world's great sleeping giants is finally on the road to greatness.