Sunday July 29, 2012 1st Round: Group A Finished Wembley

Great Britain (oly.) 3 - 1 United Arab Emirates (oly.)

  • Giggs 16’
  • Sinclair 73’
  • Sturridge 76’
  • Alfalasi 60’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Great Britain (oly.)
    • United Arab Emirates (oly.)
    • 90+3 That's it! Team GB get their first win of the men's football tournament, 3-1 over the UAE and that puts them top of their group. They need to avoid defeat to Uruguay to ensure qualification, which is no mean feat even if they did lose to Senegal.
    • 90+1 Allen has a dig from a long way out but it's well wide.
    • 90' Three minutes added time.
    • 88' Britain keeping possession for extended periods now.
    • 86' This match has pretty much been conceded now by UAE. They look phyiscally and mentally exhausted.
    • 85' Ramsey fouls his marker as he tries to get in down the right.
    • 84' GB SUB: Bellamy gets an ovation as he comes off for Jack Cork.
    • 83' Omar Abdulrahman clatters into Allen and is booked for that.
    • 82' Britain with some nice possession football now as Richards almost skins the left-back but he stumbles and it's back with Housani.
    • 81' UAE SUB: Fardan replaces Ismail.
    • 80' Long range effort from Omar Abdulrahman but well over.
    • 79' Great challenge from Richards but Cleverley isn't quite quick enough to nick it away and launch a counter.
    • 78' An interesting move, launched by Cleverley, breaks down when Bellamy's cross is placed too close to the keeper.
    • 77' This is much better from the hosts now who are knocking it about with a degree of confidence.
    • 75' GOAL BRITAIN! Sturridge with a lovely chip after a through-ball from Cleverley send him scuttling away. Cracking finish.
    • 73' GOAL BRITAIN! Scott Sinclair taps it in with his first touch after a lovely low cross from Bellamy spun across the six-yard box. The keeper spilled it under pressure from Sturridge.
    • 72' GB SUB: Giggs is replaced by Scott Sinclair, an injection of outright pace from Pearce.
    • 70' Ramsey on the right, weaving in and out, but his low cross is cleared.
    • 69' Almost a second for the UAE but well-saved Butland from Abdulrahman! That was a fine passing move.
    • 68' Giggs with a long ball aimed at the late run of Sturridge but the keeper Housani reads it to claim easily.
    • 67' Poor header by Tomkins and a shot from Eisa that is deflected by Caulker and wide for a corner, Butland unable to keep it in. Tomkins has had a shocker this second half.
    • 66' Ahmed gives chase to a long ball but Caulker gets it back to Butland. Britain need to wake up here.
    • 64' Britain in danger of imploding here as Matar has a shot blocked. Desperate defending.
    • 63' A bit of shoving in the box from that free-kick and UAE have it back.
    • 62' Ismail booked for backchat after giving away a free-kick.
    • 61' GOAL UAE! Oh dear, I just called that. A super run from Eisa but what on earth was the defence doing? Tomkins just let him run through him, Caulker too. Wooden defending but a fine pass and finish.
    • 60' Rather aimless long ball from Giggs this time. I think GB really need a second lest they get caught out like against Senegal.
    • 59' Richards tries to leave a long ball and is almost caught by Matar but he wakes up and nods it back to Butland.
    • 58' Bellamy again gets in down the left but a poor cross this time, straight at the keeper. Ahmed is struggling with an injury. GB dominating possession now.
    • 57' Sturridge with a low bending shot after cutting in from the right, fairly easy for the keeper.
    • 56' Nice one-two between Tomkins and Bellamy but the latter's low ball is cleared by Al Kamali.
    • 55' Suroor puts it behind for a GB corner. Taken short to Ramsey but his cross is cleared.
    • 53' Khalil with a long-range effort that almost catches Butland out but flies just over!
    • 52' Sturridge with a low drive that the keeper bats away with his feet. He's had a decent game.
    • 51' UAE SUB: Hussain looks crocked and is very upset as he is forced off. His right foot. Baniyas on in his place.
    • 50' Couple of long-range efforts from Matar and Halil but Butland is not tested.
    • 48' GB on the attack but the keeper holds on to Bellamy's low cros, Sturridge was lurking.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - BRITAIN SUB: Sturridge replaces Sordell for the second half.
    • - STAT: Ryan Giggs is now the oldest man to net in the Games, a record that stood since 1924, to a certain Egyptian named Hussein Hegazi. He was an ex Zamalek, Cambridge University, Dulwich Hamlet and - for one match - Fulham striker. Interesting story for that chap, who turned out and scored for Fulham in a league match but could not sign terms as he was a gentleman amateur.
    • 45+1 Half time and Team GB lead 1-0 but it should be a lot more. Housani saving his side on several occasions, and the woodwork doing its job with that unusual late chance for Cleverley. Giggs the man on target.
    • 45' One minute added time. Bellamy takes down a long ball, Giggs kills the first touch and finds Bellamy again, now Taylor crossing for an arriving Giggs but nodded away by Ahmed.
    • 44' CLEVERLEY HITS BOTH POSTS! Almost a super goal as Bellamy surges away down the left before cutting it back for the United midfielder, who stroked a lovely finish across the keeper that hit the inside of both posts. How unlucky!
    • 43' UAE can't clear from the corner but despite attempts from Bellamy, Giggs and Sordell the Brits can't get one on target and finally the Arab side counter.
    • 42' The Brits are passing it about nicely now as Richards wins a free-kick on the right after a wild Al Kamali tackle. Taken quickly by Ramey to send Cleverley clean through but a great save Housani! Corner.
    • 41' Lovely ball by Giggs to release Sordell, had he possessed a better touch he'd have been in. However he can't get a shot away and the move breaks down despite an abundance of support.
    • 40' Almost a goal for Richards, who stays forward after that corner but is stopped from meeting Giggs's cross by the keeper, who looks flappy but is fairly effective.
    • 39' Taylor again gets forward, feeding his countryman Bellamy, whose cross is deflected behind for another British corner.
    • 38' Tricky feet from Cleverley in midfield but he is fouled by two men and GB have a free-kick.
    • 37' Poor shot by Cleverley, well over when he had Bellamy free. Good run from Giggs again in the build-up.
    • 36' Giggs one the move, nice play as he finds Cleverley who strokes it wide to Bellamy but his shot is batted away by the keeper at the near post.
    • 34' Caulker flies in to meet the corner but he heads well over and the ref decides there was a foul in there although I'm damned if I could see it.
    • 33' Sordell gets hold of it on the edge of the box, a fine turn from him and he pounds in a vicious drive that the keeper does well to palm behind! Corner.
    • 32' Sordell with a poor poor touch after fine play by Bellamy; UAE counter and could be in here but Caulker scrambles it clear.
    • 30' Cleverley with the corner but Richards heads well wide.
    • 29' A corner for GB as Bellamy and Giggs combine again.
    • 28' Nice football from the UAE now as they pass it forward before Ismail thunders a long-range drive just over. Butland left it but it was close!
    • 26' Khalil on a mazy run inside from the left, and he gets a shot in but drags it across Butland and well wide.
    • 24' Cleverley slips after Richards slides him through down the right, he gestures to the ref to highlight it was a slip and neither a foul nor dive.
    • 23' Giggs swings in the right-wing free-kick but the UAE defence is able to clear. Richards was flying in for that.
    • 22' Ramsey with a driving run down the right and he is taken out by the full-back. Another free-kick.
    • 20' Great cross from Giggs almost finds Sordell at the back stick but Omar Abdulrahman clears once more.
    • 19' Taylor on a run from left-back but Omar Abdulrahman does well to get back and win a goal kick off the Welshman.
    • 16' GOAL BRITAIN! Giggs with a bullet header after a superb team move, started by the old man with a driving run. Cleverley then found Bellamy wide, his cross easy for the flying Welshman.
    • 14' A promising move from GB sees the Brits overplay it while trying some one-twos and the ball finally drifts out for a goal kick. That started from a mistake by Al Kamali, robbed by Allen.
    • 12' Run and through ball from Cleverley, Bellamy and Sordell try to link up as they keep it short but a poor pass from Giggs in the end.
    • 11' Giggs sends it long, Richards flicks it on and panic as Ahmed is challenged by Bellamy but UAE make it clear. Richards is playing right-back by the way, the visual is incorrect.
    • 10' Al Kamali with a foul on Ramsey. Booking? No.
    • 8' Abdulrahman with a goal-bound long-range shot but blocked by Tomkins.
    • 7' Decent stuff from UAE now as they pass it into the box but Ismail can't get around Caulker. Out for a corner.
    • 5' Another low corner that Matar attacks but the veteran's flick is cleared.
    • 4' UAE have a corner after Caulker puts behind. Cleared near post by Sordell.
    • 3' Silky skills from Ramsey as Sordell nurses a whack on the head. Now Giggs to Bellamy, all-Welsh move, but a poor low ball straight to keeper.
    • 1' Early attack from Bellamy on the left but Ahmed challenges. The throw is sent in to Sordell, and a low ball across the box is almost poked home by a sliding Ramsey but he just misses!
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 19:42 National anthem time. A few changes for GB as Ramsey rightly comes in for Rose, while Sordell replaces Sturridge, who is perhaps a touch unfit after suffering meningitis this summer. The Welsh players opt not to sing as, of course, God Save the Queen is not their song.
    • 19:40 Referee: Roberto Garcia Orozco (Mexico)
    • 19:35 TEAMS - Great Britain: Butland; Richards, Caulker, Tomkins, Taylor; Cleverley, Allen, Ramsey; Giggs, Bellamy, Sordell. Subs: Steele, Bertrand, Rose, Dawson, Sturridge, Cork, Sinclair /// United Arab Emirates: Ali Khaseif, Hussain, Ahmad, Al Kamali, Amer Abdulrahman, Esmaeel, Sanqour, Omar Abdulrahman, Rashed Eisa, Matar, Khalil. Subs: Khalid Eisa, Surour, Al Amri, Al Hammadi, Ali, Fardan, Fawzi.
    • 19:30 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Team GB's men's football match against the UAE. Senegal's win over Uruguay blows the group wide open.
  • Summary

    • 75' GOAL BRITAIN! Sturridge with a lovely chip after a through-ball from Cleverley send him scuttling away. Cracking finish.
    • 73' GOAL BRITAIN! Scott Sinclair taps it in with his first touch after a lovely low cross from Bellamy spun across the six-yard box. The keeper spilled it under pressure from Sturridge.
    • 69' Almost a second for the UAE but well-saved Butland from Abdulrahman! That was a fine passing move.
    • 61' GOAL UAE! Oh dear, I just called that. A super run from Eisa but what on earth was the defence doing? Tomkins just let him run through him, Caulker too. Wooden defending but a fine pass and finish.
    • 53' Khalil with a long-range effort that almost catches Butland out but flies just over!
    • 52' Sturridge with a low drive that the keeper bats away with his feet. He's had a decent game.
    • 44' CLEVERLEY HITS BOTH POSTS! Almost a super goal as Bellamy surges away down the left before cutting it back for the United midfielder, who stroked a lovely finish across the keeper that hit the inside of both posts. How unlucky!
    • 42' The Brits are passing it about nicely now as Richards wins a free-kick on the right after a wild Al Kamali tackle. Taken quickly by Ramey to send Cleverley clean through but a great save Housani! Corner.
    • 36' Giggs one the move, nice play as he finds Cleverley who strokes it wide to Bellamy but his shot is batted away by the keeper at the near post.
    • 33' Sordell gets hold of it on the edge of the box, a fine turn from him and he pounds in a vicious drive that the keeper does well to palm behind! Corner.
    • 28' Nice football from the UAE now as they pass it forward before Ismail thunders a long-range drive just over. Butland left it but it was close!
    • 16' GOAL BRITAIN! Giggs with a bullet header after a superb team move, started by the old man with a driving run. Cleverley then found Bellamy wide, his cross easy for the flying Welshman.
    • 1' Early attack from Bellamy on the left but Ahmed challenges. The throw is sent in to Sordell, and a low ball across the box is almost poked home by a sliding Ramsey but he just misses!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Great Britain (oly.)

    Manager: Stuart Pearce

  • United Arab Emirates (oly.)

    Manager: Mahdi Redha

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