2012 Olympics

Pearce: Defeat makes us stronger

August 5, 2012
By ESPN staff

Team GB boss Stuart Pearce put on a brave face after his side were knocked out of the 2012 Olympics against South Korea on Saturday evening.

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The quarter-final tie went to extra time and then penalties after Ji Dong-won's opening goal was cancelled out by Aaron Ramsey's spot kick.

Team GB were the losers in the shoot-out as their opponents scored all of their penalties while Daniel Sturridge saw his saved.

Reflecting on the exit, Pearce said: "Dan got the winner three days ago that got us out of the group stages and tonight he is on the end of missing a penalty.

"But we are in this together, the important thing is that all the players have had an experience to make them better and stronger.

"Some of those experiences are scoring goals and winners, and some of those experiences are having days like today when you are disappointed because you missed a penalty.

"But experiences like that make you stronger and he will benefit from this tournament without a doubt.

"The individuals who have come here and contributed go back to their clubs and countries the better for it."

South Korea will face Brazil in the semi-finals at Old Trafford on Tuesday after the South Americans defeated Honduras 3-2.