Sunday 05 August 2012
There was heartbreak for Great Britain as Stuart Pearce's side suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat by South Korea.
Welsh international Aaron Ramsey scored a penalty and missed a second before Team GB were taken to extra time and penalties by South Korea at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday night.
The hosts came back from a goal down after Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won had given South Korea a deserved 29th-minute lead with a long-range strike.
Arsenal midfielder Ramsey levelled the match from the penalty spot six minutes later only to be denied soon afterwards by Jung Sungryong after a second spot-kick had been awarded.
The goalkeeper had to be substituted after a clash of heads with Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who also left the fray injured.
Jung's replacement, Lee Bum-young, denied England's fifth penalty taker Sturridge, of Chelsea, in the shoot-out, enabling Ki Sung-yeung to take South Korea into the last four, where they will face Brazil.
Brazil twice had to come from behind before overcoming a Honduras side who finished the contest with nine men.
The Selecao were strong favourites to win this encounter but they found themselves a goal down when Mario Martinez unleashed an unstoppable volley on 11 minutes.
Leandro Damiao equalised on 37 minutes, but the underdogs, who had Wilmer sent off for two bookable offences in the first half, were back in front three minutes after the interval when Roger Espinoza found the net with a low drive.
Neymar's 50th-minute penalty restored parity and there was no looking back once Damiao score again on the hour, especially once Espinoza picked up his second booking late on.
Giovani Dos Santos scored in extra-time as Mexico recovered from squandering a two-goal lead to beat Senegal in an exciting match at Wembley.
Mexico looked in command with an hour gone after Jorge Enriquez headed in Dos Santos' free-kick, and Javier Aquino tapped the second into an empty net after some poor defending from Senegal.
But the African outfit launched a spirited comeback as the tournament's top scorer Moussa Konate headed in his and Senegal's fifth goal of the campaign on 69 minutes and Ibrahima Balde equalised.
The comeback was in vain, however, as tired defending led to goals in extra time through Tottenham midfielder Dos Santos and substitute Hector Herrera.
Japan made it through to the last four for the first time since 1968 after keeping a fourth consecutive clean sheet in their victory against Egypt.
Japan took the lead through Kensuke Nagai on 14 minutes and exploited their numerical advantage after the dismissal of Saad Samir for a professional foul on Manabu Saito four minutes before half-time. Maya Yoshida and Yuki Otsu added the late goals.
Japan v Mexico
Brazil v South Korea