Tournament hosts Mexico reached the U-17 World Cup final in pretty much the most dramatic way possible without playing in a hurricane or while someone tried to assassinate the president in the stadium.
Trailing a very talented German team 2-1 late in the second half, Mexico equalized with an improbable goal scored directly off a Jorge Espericueta corner kick in the 75th minute. Julio Gomez clashed heads with a German defender on the play as the ball whizzed by to go off the far post and in the goal untouched, leaving him bleeding and in need of patching up on the pitch.
Then, to take the already dramatic situation to a level that would even make Hollywood vomit over the sheer perfection of it all, Gomez returned to the pitch with a massive bandage around his head. And on another corner in the 89th minute, Gomez executed an excellent over(bandaged)head kick to score the winner and his second goal of the game...
The crowd went nuts, the commentator convulsed with delight and birds flying overhead sang opera before exploding like hand grenades.
Mexico will now play Uruguay in the final as they look to win their second U-17 World Cup in six years (the tournament is held every two years). The final is almost certain to be boring compared to this.