Thursday 02 August 2012

Olympics round-up: GB into quarters

Daniel Sturridge sinks Uruguay; Brazil through; Spain end without a goal

  • Craig Bellamy was among Team GB's star players in their match against Uruguay in Cardiff

  • Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea scored the only goal of the match as Team GB qualified

  • Sandro was among the goalscorers as Brazil finished with a 100% record in Group C

  • David de Gea of Manchester United has had a disappointing tournament with Spain

GROUP A

Team GB 1-0 Uruguay

Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the match as Stuart Pearce's Great Britain side reached the Olympic men's football tournament quarter-finals.

Sturridge prodded the ball in from close range just before half-time, capitalising on some sharp work from Swansea City's Joe Allen.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez was thwarted by GB keeper Jack Butland as Uruguay pressed for the goals they needed to qualify - and Gaston Ramirez hit the bar late on.

But GB saw out the win to set up a quarter-final against South Korea in Cardiff on Saturday.

Senegal 1-1 United Arab Emirates

Moussa Konate scored again as Senegal reached the last eight by earning a point against the UAE.

UAE skipper Ismaeil Matar put his side in front in the first half with a chip following a cross from Rashed Eisa.

But Konate's fourth goal of the tournament, headed in from Pape Souare's cross earned a point which secured Senegal's progress - and moved him top in the race to be top scorer.

GROUP B

Mexico 1-0 Switzerland
South Korea 0-0 Gabon

Oribe Peralta scored the only goal as the climax of Group B saw Mexico qualifying along with South Korea from Group B.

Tottenham Hotspur's Giovani Dos Santos helped create the opportunity for Peralta to hammer home the winner against Switzerland.

South Korea's draw against Gabon means they face Team GB while Mexico will play Senegal.

GROUP C

Brazil 3-0 New Zealand
Egypt 3-1 Belarus

Sandro of Tottenham Hotspur was among the scorers as Brazil finished top of Group C with a 100% record following a comfortable victory over New Zealand.

Danilo put Brazil ahead after a neat one-two with Leandro Damiao, and Damiao doubled the lead before half-time after some smart build-up play.

Sandro converted from Marcelo's free-kick after the break and despite the loss of Alex Sandro to a red card, Brazil saw out the win.

In the other match, Egypt scored three times in the second half to book their place alongside Brazil in the last eight at the expense of Belarus.

Mohamed Salah outpaced the defence to put Egypt ahead on 56 minutes, Marwan Mohsen then side-footed home from Eslam Ramadan's cross and Mohamed Aboutrika made it 3-0 soon after.

Andrei Voronkov's late header was a mere consolation.

GROUP D

Japan 0-0 Honduras
Spain 0-0 Morocco

Spain picked up their first point of the Olympic football tournament - but it was scant consolation as they finished without scoring a single goal in Group D.

The final matches in the group stages were both goalless, leaving Japan as group winners and Honduras as runners-up.

Quarter-final matches (all Saturday, August 4th)

Japan v Egypt: Old Trafford, 12pm
Mexico v Senegal: Wembley Stadium, 2.30pm
Brazil v Honduras: St James' Park, 5pm
Great Britain v South Korea: Millennium Stadium, 7.30pm

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Key Points

  • Daniel Sturridge secures Team GB win over Uruguay
  • Stuart Pearce's men face quarter-final against South Korea
  • Brazil also through, but Spain's poor tournament ends with a draw