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  • Daniel Sturridge 45'

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Great Britain 1-0 Uruguay: Sturridge winner

Great Britain sealed their place in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win in Cardiff that knocked Uruguay out of the Olympics.

With Ryan Giggs dropped to the bench, Craig Bellamy took over the captain's armband and was a rare shining light in a poor first half. Uruguay had chances, but it was the British who opened the scoring as excellent work from Joe Allen resulted in a tap-in from close range for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.

Knowing that a draw would be enough, Team GB held firm in the second half, although Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should have brought the teams level when he danced past the defence only to fail to beat goalkeeper Jack Butland.

With Uruguay pushing late in the game, Sturridge had a great chance to double the lead with a curling effort on the break, but a place in the knockout rounds was already assured and South Korea await.

It is impossible therefore to believe Stuart Pearce's squad have not been able to feed off the sensational performances of Hope Powell's counterparts, culminating in that outstanding win over Brazil 24 hours ago.

And they were eager to make it a case of whatever you can do, so can we.

And, with a Welsh crowd offering their unequivocal backing through a lusty rendition of God Save The Queen, Britain went about their task with relish.

As a draw was the actual requirement, it could not be described as a gung-ho attitude.

But at times, Britain's approach work was marvellous, with Aaron Ramsey in particular showing the kind of form that attracted Arsenal to him before a badly broken leg and subsequent loss of confidence turned some sections of the Gunners support against him.

It was Ramsey who flashed a first-half shot across goal, one of those that bisected the far post and the outstretched legs of Sturridge and Scott Sinclair.

Craig Bellamy, named skipper in the absence of rested Ryan Giggs, also came close to turning home Micah Richards' knock-down.

The clock was ticking down towards the interval though when Allen wove a neat pattern inside the Uruguay box before drilling the low cross which Sturridge prodded home from close range.

Luis Suarez ended the half throwing a piece of loose turf to the ground in disgust. The South Americans, so fancied beforehand, had been a major disappointment and this was no exception.

Suarez was one of the major culprits too, which merely fuelled the boos that rang out before kick-off and every time the Liverpool man touched the ball afterwards.

His mood would not have improved 10 minutes after the restart when he created space for himself deep inside the Britain box, only to be foiled by the imposing figure of Jack Butland, the teenage goalkeeper who is having such an outstanding tournament.

The 19-year-old did even better when Uruguay attacked again, this time denying Suarez with a full-length fingertip save, Edinson Cavani helping him out by belting the rebound into the sidenetting.

When he was subsequently booked for handball, the cheers at least made a change.

The next time he heard them was to signal the end of Uruguay's interest in the competition after Gaston Ramirez had hammered the bar.

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Scoring Summary

  • Great Britain
  • Uruguay
 

Match Stats

  • Great Britain
  • Uruguay
12(6) Shots (on goal) 20(6)
12 Fouls 13
6 Corner kicks 3
0 Offsides 2
63% Time of Possession 37%
2 Yellow Cards 5
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 4

Teams

  • Great Britain
  • Uruguay
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