Wednesday August 1, 2012 1st Round: Group A Finished Millennium Stadium

Great Britain (oly.) 1 - 0 Uruguay (oly.)

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Great Britain (oly.)
    • Uruguay (oly.)
    • 90+7 That's it and Britain are through to the quarter-finals! Stuart Pearce embraces Oscar Tabarez (that sounds weird on so many levels) and GB top the group - Senegal have been held by UAE. GB play South Korea, Senegal face Mexico. And Uruguay - so disappointing - join Spain on the scrapheap.
    • 90+6 Suarez to take the free-kick, the last kick of the game and if anyone can he can - on target but Butland stops it and catches it dead.
    • 90+6 Now Uruguay have a free-kick after Suarez is caught, 25 yards out... Britain through whatever happens, but concede and they may come second. All a bit complicated. A sub to waste time as Sturridge applauds the crowd, Dawson on.
    • 90+5 RAMIREZ HITS THE BAR! The only thing he's done all game, a fantastic shot from 30 yards! Off the angle of post and bar.
    • 90+4 Aguirregaray is down with cramp and drags himself off the pitch.
    • 90+3 Ramsey kills the ball dead on the edge of his own box, then pops up on the edge of Uruguay's as GB keep it nicely and wind down the clock.
    • 90+2 A booking for a GB player for time-wasting. Ramsey I think.
    • 90+1 Suarez tries to skin Richards but the ball spins away and behind for a goal kick. GB SUB: Cork replaces Sinclair.
    • 90' GB manage to clear the corner to halfway, pumped back into the box but Butland flies out to claim, getting a shove but holding on no problem. Free-kick Britain.
    • 89' All kinds of pushing and shoving, Coates shirt-pulling and GB are getting the hump. They need to stay disciplined, this is classic LatAm gamesmanship.
    • 88' Uruguay break, men over here as Lodeiro is in on the right, low ball in but hacked behind for a corner. Cavani is causing trouble again, he's a right whinger. The ref has done well to keep these ladies in check.
    • 87' GB on the counter from that free-kick! They have men over as Sturridge races away on the right! He has Rose with him but ignores the Spurs man and shoots but tipped behind for a corner! Good save.
    • 86' The ref awards a soft free-kick to Uruguay for a high boot from Ramsey; he's then lenient on Allen though, who clobbered his man. Free-kick Uruguay some way out, again Suarez aims for Coates but cleared.
    • - "we arent playing senegal...what kind of commentry is­ that" - cheers for that, a hotkey error.
    • 85' Another poor challenge as Aguirregaray catches Rose late, the pair have no issue as they shake hands but Bertrand tries to get him booked. Not cool. He's ordered away by the ref and Pearce.
    • 84' Wasted free-kick from Ramsey, his first poor act tonight. Out for a throw on the right, but GB get it back.
    • 83' Britain retain possession and now Arias goes in two-footed on Ramsey and is lucky to only see yellow! Lodeiro also booked for chucking the ball away.
    • 82' A goalmouth scramble as GB hit Uruguay on the break, Rose and Sturridge involved, but Uruguay clear.
    • 81' Ramirez aims the free-kick at Coates but Richards gets there first. Corner. Suarez puts that in, again Coates the target, but Caulker clears.
    • 80' Cleverley gives away a free-kick on the right, dangerous position...
    • 79' In rushing over to get involved, Cavani managed to waste more time than Bellamy did by passing the armband to Richards. Cavani has been dreadful in this tournament, I have to say. He only has 12 minutes to change that view.
    • 78' TEAM GB SUB: Bellamy gets an ovation from his people, hugs Richards as he passes the armband. The ref gets across to prevent Cavani from kicking off with Bellamy, who is furious. He was passing the armband and has a point. Rose on for the Welshman.
    • 77' Some neat play by Uruguay but Rodriguez slips. Now Britain counter and Sturridge can again find Bellamy but again he fails to release it properly. A serious talent in terms of his work off the ball, but frustrating at times with it.
    • 76' Suarez actually caught that as he flew in with Butland and co. Still, hairy moment for GB as Uruguay ask questions of their defence.
    • 75' Ramirez with the free-kick but straight to the head of Cleverley. Now Cavani on the leftm superb cross and Ramirez heads it down for Suarez flying in but surely a handball? Yes, and a booking.
    • 74' Allen trips Aguirregaray on the Uruguay right. Free-kick as we enter the latter stages of the match, Britain appearing to tire.
    • 73' Bellamy gives it away but Richards bails him out with a strong challenge. Now Suarez on the right flashes an ambitious shot well wide. Made mincemeat of Caulker but the angle was far too tight.
    • 72' Cavani flicks it up for the volley but blocked by Richards.
    • 71' A long diagonal ball from Uruguay - not GB, Uruguay - catches Suarez offside. The South American side have done well this past 15 minutes or so but GB still shading it and just about deserve to lead.
    • 70' Sturridge does well to turn but overhits an easy pass to Bellamy, who rebukes him.
    • 69' Handball by Suarez. Tee hee. It wasn't intentional though, the ball bounced up against his arm as he turned into the box.
    • 68' Well over from Arevalo from the edge of the D after GB close down the space to shut out a Uruguay attack.
    • 67' Cavani in space on the left, he cuts inside and there's some space for a shot but Bellamy shuts it down and the finish is weak, straight at Butland.
    • 66' GB counter well again, Bellamy to Cleverley, now Ramsey wide to Sinclair... Uruguay have men back to Britain pass it backwards before Taylor picks it up, down the right for him and he cuts inside before unleashing a superb curling effort with his left foot! Just wide.
    • 65' Great save Butland as Suarez drills a low shot to the bottom right, Cavani on the rebound but side netting from a tight angle! The match is opening up.
    • 64' A Britain defender is down holding his leg on the edge of the box... Bertrand it is. Lodeiro puts it out eventually. He landed heavily after rising for a header with Cavani.
    • 63' Ramsey to take this corner, short and low to Sturridge, who gives it back for a far-post Ramsey cross that a flying Richards just fails to meet!
    • 62' Lovely ball from Taylor to send Bellamy racing clear, but his cross is blocked by Rolin, who has been Uruguay's best defender.
    • 61' Sinclair runs at the right-back but but his cut-back is intercepted by Ramirez, who finally does something useful after an ordinary game.
    • 60' URUGUAY SUB: Lodeiro on for Viudez.
    • 59' A rare long ball for GB sends Sturridge away wide left but he lacks support so, going it alone, plays the finish against Campana.
    • 58' Ramsey is playing well tonight, great first touch as he makes and uses the space well. A long ball almost releases Suarez but Butland claims.
    • 57' Driven corner for Richards, but he gets under it and heads well over.
    • 56' Space for Ramsey on the right as he glides a low ball to Bellamy, who wins a corner off Rolin.
    • 55' Bellamy picks up a lovely crossfield pass from Allen. Sturridge almost turns Coates, the ball spinning away from Cleverley. This has been good from GB in the second half.
    • 54' Great keeping by Suarez, who got straight back up to deny the rebound. Caulker hacked it away for a throw.
    • 53' Somehow Britain deny Suarez as Butland flies out to block at Suarez's feet after he skins three defenders!
    • 52' Ramsey forces a save from the keeper with a long-range effort after skipping inside from the left.
    • 51' Finally the ball is mout of play and Coates is booked for that foul on Cleverley. Challenges flying in from Uruguay.
    • 50' Cleverley is caught late but the ref plays advantage as GB are passing rings around Uruguay. That sounds weird.
    • 49' Reading the comments below, the casual foreign observer would think the UK is riddled with internecine in-fighting between the English, Scots and Welsh. Don't be suckered in, they're just trolling.
    • 48' GB are on the offensive early in the second half, Bellamy to Taylor but his cross is nodded clear.
    • 47' SINCLAIR OFF THE POST FROM ONE YARD OUT! Ah but Bellamy's brilliant right-wing cross for the Sturridge knock-down spun an inch out of play. Flag was up.
    • 46' The second half is underway. Terrible backpass from Richards that bounces up for Butland, who shanks it away for a throw.
    • 45+2 Hint of offside about that? Not sure. A long ball finds Suarez who brings it down superbly but hammers the volley well wide from an angle. Half time.
    • 45+1 GOAL BRITAIN! Swansea connection as Sinclar and Allen do brilliantly down the left, the former skisp away down the wing, feeding Allen who leaves two defenders for dead with a superb turn in the box before sliding the ball across for Sturridge to tap in. Fine goal!
    • 45' Nice turn by Sturridge but the shot is a bit wild, well over.
    • 44' Finally Rodriguez returns, a bit Terry Butcher with the head-dress. Poor free-kick from Ramsey, straight on to Aguirregaray's head.
    • 43' GB with a passing move that sees Bellamy freed down the right before Arias hacks him down. Booking? Not sure. Bellamy seems to think so.
    • 42' Ramirez is on borrowed time as he shoves Butland following a high ball in from Suarez. Trying too hard to impress the suitors perhaps?
    • 41' Poor corner, an attempted routine to Ramsey on the edge of the box but way too far ahead of him and he can only skim it wide.
    • 40' Rodriguez trudges off to get that cut patched up.
    • 39' Corner to GB after Ramsey almost gets on to Bellamy's low cross. One of the Uruguay players, Rodriguez, is hurt and Ramsey beckons the medics on. Gash to the head, bit of claret.
    • 38' Cavani and Rodriguez combine nicely but good defending from Caulker. Ramirez hacks down Bellamy as he looked to counter, booking.
    • 37' Caulker almost plays himself into trouble with a heavy touch but gets it clear under pressure from Suarez.
    • 35' Havoc from the corner, Uruguay think it hit Sturridge's arm, the ref says chest and waves it away!
    • 34' Suarez does well to win it back and win a corner on the right.
    • 33' You can tell when Suarez has it as the boos ring out; he overhits a pass for Cavani too.
    • 32' Set-piece opportunity for GB on the left - Richards, who is okay now, flies in for a header but the keepe gets a punch on it.
    • 31' Richards may have hurt himself doing that. Needs a bit of treatment.
    • 30' Great block from Richards on Suarez as Uruguay slice Britain open at the back. Butland pounces on the rebound.
    • 28' Britain attack, Bellamy inside to Ramsey in the box on the right and he drills a low shot across goal but just wide!
    • 26' Long-range effort from Ramirez flashes well over.
    • 24' Butland watches a high ball sail harmlessly high and wide. Cagey now after a decent start.
    • 22' Coates heads over from the free-kick that follows. Pretty even thus far.
    • 21' Taylor with a hefty tackle on Viudez, late and a booking.
    • 19' You'd hope that GB don't play for the draw - they look positive at this stage but you wonder how they'll fare later in the game.
    • 17' Unlike England, Britain seem more comfortable with the ball at their feet. A combination of the Welshmen and the Swansea connection, from both nationalities. Ramsey playing well as he almost glides into the box.
    • 15' Great chance for the Brits as the corner causes problems but eventually the Uruguayans scramble it clear! Everyone missed it, Richards was in there as was Sturridge.
    • 14' Richards almost reaches the corner at the back stick but Coates nods it away for a second corner.
    • 13' Great play by Ramsey to slip past one defender, and another, but they get men back in numbers and it's a corner.
    • 12' More good football from the Brits as Sturridge feeds Cleverley, now Bellamy but a weak drive at the keeper.
    • 10' Great play by Viudez but Rodriguez can't get on the end of the cross.
    • 9' Suarez is jeered every time he touches the ball. This time Bertrand knocks it behind.
    • 6' This is a decent start from the home side as Sinclair curls one in, too close to the keeper though.
    • 4' Great play by the hosts as some cute passing releases Bellamy wide right, he volleys a dangerous cross in but Sturridge on the spin can't connect properly. Promising.
    • 3' The Brits launch an atack of their own but Bertrand miscontrols on the left wing.
    • 2' Good start from Uruguay as Suarez is booed while racing down the left. He almost combines with Ramirez but Caulker hoofs away.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 19:40 There were worries that Welsh fans would boo the national anthem, which is absurd and does not appear to have materialised. A bit odd that Giggs it out given it's his homeland bow for GB, but Pearce was impressed with Scott Sinclar against UAE and perhaps the veteran Giggs is feeling the strain.
    • 19:35 GB TEAM - Butland, Taylor, Richards, Caulker, Bertrand, Ramsey, Allen, Cleverley, Bellamy (c), Sturridge, Sinclair - So no Ryan Giggs!
    • 19:30 Great Britain's men must avoid defeat to Luis Suarez's Uruguay to progress to the quarter-finals of the Olympics. Mexico or South Korea lie in wait. Defeat and the Brits will probably be out.
  • Summary

    • 90+5 RAMIREZ HITS THE BAR! The only thing he's done all game, a fantastic shot from 30 yards! Off the angle of post and bar.
    • 87' GB on the counter from that free-kick! They have men over as Sturridge races away on the right! He has Rose with him but ignores the Spurs man and shoots but tipped behind for a corner! Good save.
    • 66' GB counter well again, Bellamy to Cleverley, now Ramsey wide to Sinclair... Uruguay have men back to Britain pass it backwards before Taylor picks it up, down the right for him and he cuts inside before unleashing a superb curling effort with his left foot! Just wide.
    • 65' Great save Butland as Suarez drills a low shot to the bottom right, Cavani on the rebound but side netting from a tight angle! The match is opening up.
    • 53' Somehow Britain deny Suarez as Butland flies out to block at Suarez's feet after he skins three defenders!
    • 45+1 GOAL BRITAIN! Swansea connection as Sinclar and Allen do brilliantly down the left, the former skisp away down the wing, feeding Allen who leaves two defenders for dead with a superb turn in the box before sliding the ball across for Sturridge to tap in. Fine goal!
    • 35' Havoc from the corner, Uruguay think it hit Sturridge's arm, the ref says chest and waves it away!
    • 30' Great block from Richards on Suarez as Uruguay slice Britain open at the back. Butland pounces on the rebound.
    • 28' Britain attack, Bellamy inside to Ramsey in the box on the right and he drills a low shot across goal but just wide!
    • 15' Great chance for the Brits as the corner causes problems but eventually the Uruguayans scramble it clear! Everyone missed it, Richards was in there as was Sturridge.

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    Manager: Stuart Pearce

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    Manager: Óscar Tabárez

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