Aug 11, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Mexico players take a victory lap with their gold medals after defeating Brazil 2-1 during the men's soccer gold medal match in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Jubilant Mexicans are celebrating their 2-1 Olympic gold medal soccer win over Brazil Saturday, waving flags and chanting in plazas and streets across the country.
Crowds began gathering not long after the Mexican team scored its first goal in the first minute of play.
Fans in Mexico City, Guadalajara and other cities exploded in celebration as soon as the game ended, marking Mexico's first ever Olympic soccer gold medal. Some fans waving the country's red, white and green flag even took a victory lap around the capital's landmark Angel of Independence statue. Crowds are continuing to gather at the statue to celebrate.
Law student Arturo Castellanos watched the game from Mexico City's chic Condesa neighborhood, where he noted Mexico had marked another key win against Brazil in recent months.