August 1, 2012
OLYMPIC MEN'S ROUNDUP
Great Britain, Egypt, Senegal advance
Daniel Sturridge scored in first-half stoppage time to lift Great Britain (2-0-1, seven points over Uruguay in the Olympic men's soccer tournament to the Group A title at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
The South Americans (1-2-0, three) tried a late push from Suarez, who twice was denied, and substitute Nicolas Lodeiro.
"It's great. It's just amazing to be part of something so special," Sturridge said. "The Olympics is bigger than football, it's a worldwide occasion. And I'm happy to be part of it, I'm happy to help the team."
GB's win set up Saturday's four quarterfinals:
* Great Britain vs. South Korea in Cardiff, Wales
* Japan vs. Egypt in Manchester
* Brazil vs. Honduras in Newcastle
* Mexico vs. Senegal in London
HONDURAS 0, JAPAN 0
Goalkeeper Jose Mendoza made several superb saves to help Honduras to second place in Group D with a 0-0 draw against Japan. The Japanese (2-0-1, seven points) did not allow a goal in the group phase.
Defender Maynor Figueroa felt Honduras (1-0-2, five) could even go further in the competition.
“Nobody thought we would get to the final, but I honestly think we can even if nobody else did at the start,” he said. “Nobody believed us but we’ve got just as much chance as anybody else.”
Teammate Jerry Bengtson, who plays for the New England Revolution, almost scored in the 38th minute when he found space in the penalty area, but goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda denied him a goal.
MEXICO 1, SWITZERLAND 0
Forward Oribe Peralta scored from 14 yards off a Giovani dos Santos feed in the 69th minute to give Mexico a 1-0 win over Switzerland (0-2-1, one), at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff allowing El Tri (2-0-1,) to advance to the quarter finals.
The Mexicans haven't given up a goal in three games.
“It was a difficult game and we have to continue working,” Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena said. “Switzerland was a difficult team and they didn’t allow us to get possession of the ball, but it was a justified victory for us. The team is growing game by game and getting better in physical areas. It is great to finish first [in the group] and to have kept three clean sheets.”
SENEGAL 1, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 1
In their Olympic debut, the Senegalese (1-0-2, five) accomplished what many debutantes have failed to do -- reach the quarterfinals. They did that behind Moussa Konate, who struck for his fourth goal in three games as Senegal tied the UAE in the Group A encounter at the City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry.
Team captain Ismaeil Matar lifted the UAE (0-2-1, one) into the lead in the 21st minute before Konate equalized in the 49th minute.
The stadium obviously was good luck to the Africans because they defeated Oman in a playoff there on April 23 to become the final and 16th team to qualify.
"I am incredibly happy and very proud," Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said. "No one had really expected us to come this far and it is a first for Senegal.
SOUTH KOREA 0, GABON 0
South Korea (1-0-2, five) clinched second place in Group B at Wembley Stadium in London with a 0-0 tie against Gabon. Gabon (0-1-2, two), which made its first Olympic appearance, took third in the group.
Korea spent most of the match on attack, but could not convert.
"We expected it to be tough, especially with the fatigue of the players, but I am just happy we are through to the quarterfinals," Korea coach Hong Myung Bo said. "It would have been much better to finish top but we would have had to score two goals to do this, and with the players' physical condition, this was very difficult . . . If you compare our performance today with our previous matches, it was a little lower."
BRAZIL 3, NEW ZEALAND 0
Despite resting five players, Brazil completed the opening round at a perfect 3-0-0 with a 3-0 win over New Zealand to capture the Group C crown at St. James' Park in Newcastle. They rode goals by Danili (23rd minute), Leandro Damio (29th minute) and Sandro (52nd minute). New Zealand (0-2-1, one) needed to win to have any hope of reaching the knockout stage.
EGYPT 3, BELARUS 1
After accruing but one point in two matches, Egypt (1-1-1, four) did all of its scoring in the second half defeating Belarus 3-1 to win the Group C match at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
Mohamed Salah tallied his third goal of the competition in the 56th minute and Marwan Mohsen followed 17 minutes later before Marwan Mohsen closed out the Egyptian’s scoring.
Sub Andrei Voronkov pulled a goal back, converting Dmitry Baga's corner kick in the 87th minute .
SPAIN 0, MOROCCO 00>
Spain (0-2-1, one) left the Summer Games in disgrace, failing to score a goal and securing only one point -- in a relatively meaningless game against Morocco (0-1-2, two).