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003 vs. UAE
005 vs.
Korea Republic

Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Olympic Games London 2012 Group A Final Match

Team GB 1 Uruguay 0 [1-0]

The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - Attendance: 70,438
7.45pm BST
Live on BBC Three/HD (UK) - Commentator: Jonathan Pearce

Team GB - Daniel Sturridge (45+1 45:33) Match Summary
Team GB Squad

Uruguay Squad
Great Britain Olympic Results Team GB - Neil Taylor (21 20:56), Aaron Ramsey (90+2 91:12)
Uruguay - Gastón Ramirez (38 37:56), Sebastián Coates (51 50:01), Luis Suárez (74 73:54), Ramón Arias (83 82:05)

Uruguay kicked-off. 98 minutes (46:38 & 51:02).


Match Summary


Officials from Japan

Team GB


Referee (yellow (second half - light blue)*) -
Yuichi Nishimura
40 (17 April 1972), Tokyo, FIFA-listed 2004.

Assistant Referees - Toru Sagara & Toshiyuki Nagi

Fourth official - Peter O'Leary, New Zealand
Officials changed their shirts at half-time presumably because they were calshing with the all-yellow Uruguayan goalkeeper.

12 Goal Attempts 20
6 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
6 Corner Kicks Won 3
0 Offside Calls Against 2
12 Fouls Conceded 13
63% Possession 37%

Team GB Team



n/a Colours: Made by Adidas - Navy blue shirts with pale blue Union Jack motive and red collar, navy blue shorts, navy blue socks with red tops.
Capt: Craig Bellamy, 1st captaincy, Micah Richards after 78 mins. Coach: Stuart Pearce MBE, 50 (24 April 1962), appointed 20 October 2011,
4th match, W 2 - D 1 - L 1 - F 5 - A 4.
Team GB Lineup
1 Butland, Jack 19 10 March 1993 GK Birmingham City FC 4 2 GA
2 Taylor, Neil J. 23 7 February 1989 RB Swansea City FC 4 0
Taylor cautioned in the 21st minute for a foul, after a late, harsh tackle on Viudez, near the touchline, after a British attack failed.
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 22 5 August 1989 LB Chelsea FC 3 0
15 Ramsey, Aaron J. 21 26 December 1990 M Arsenal FC 4 0
Ramsey cautioned in the 92nd minute for ungentlemanly conduct, he picked up the ball to take a throw-in, but passed it on to Taylor instead. Argued to be time-wasting.
5 Caulker, Steven R. 20 29 December 1991 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0
14 Richards, Micah L. 24 24 June 1988 CD Manchester United FC 4 0
7 Cleverley, Thomas W. 22 12 August 1989 RM Manchester United FC 4 0
8 Allen, Joseph M. 22 14 March 1990 M Swansea City FC 4 0
9 Sturridge, Daniel A., off 90+6 min 22 1 September 1989 F Chelsea FC 4 2
10 Bellamy, Craig D., off 78th min. 33 13 July 1979 F Liverpool FC 4 1
16 Sinclair, Scott, off 90+1 min 23 25 March 1989 M Swansea City FC 3 1
Team GB Substitutes
4 Rose, Daniel L., on 78th min. (77:57) for 22 2 July 1990 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
13 Cork, Jack, on 90+1 min.(90:34) for SInclair 23 25 June 1989 M Southampton FC 4 0
6 Dawson, Craig, on 90+6 min. (95:22) for Sturridge 22 6 May 1990 M West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

11-Ryan Giggs, 12-James Tomkins, 17-Marvin Sordell, 18-Jason Steele.
4-4-2 Butland -
Taylor, Richards, Caulker, Bertrand -
Cleverley, Allen, Ramsey, Sinclair
(Cork) -
(Rose), Sturridge (Dawson)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 22.8 Appearances/Goals 3.8 0.3


Uruguay Team



n/a Colours: Made by Puma - White shirts with sky blue shoulder panel, white shorts with wsky blue trim, white socks with sky blue trim.

Luis Suárez

Coach: Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Silva, 67 (3 March 1947), appointed coach for a second spell in 2006. Also coached 1988-90.
Uruguay Lineup
1 Campaña Delgado, Martín N. 23 29 May 1989 G Cerro Largo FC
2 Arias Quinteros, Ramón G. 19 27 July 1992 D Defensor SC    
Arias cautioned in the 83rd min. for unsporting behaviour, for a desperate lunge at Aaron Ramsey's legs as he was about to run into the penalty area.
13 Aguirregaray, Matías 23 1 April 1989 D Montevideo Wanderers FC    
4 Coates Nion, Sebastián 21 7 October 1990 D Liverpool FC, England    
Coates cautioned in the 52nd min. for unsporting behavior, for a rash sliding tackle on Joe Allen, defending his own area.
15 Rodríguez Berrini, Diego M. 22 4 September 1989 M Defonsor SCS    
6 Rolín Fernández, G. Alexis 23 7 February 1989 D Club Nacional de Football    
7 Cavani Gómez, Edinson R. 25 14 February 1987 M SSC Napoli SpA, Italy    
16 Viudez Mora, Tabaré, off 58th min. 22 8 September 1989 F Club Nacional de Football    
9 Suárez Díaz, Luis A. 25 24 January 1987 F Liverpool FC, England    
Suarez cautioned in the 74th min. for handball, he reached for an incoming ball into Team GB's six yard area, Suarez rose his hand to the ball.
10 Ramirez Pereyra, Gastón E. 21 2 December 1990 M Bologna FC 1909 SpA, Italy    
Ramirez cautioned in the 38th min. for unsporting behaviour, for clattering into Craig Bellamy and then kicking the ball away in protest.
17 Arévalo Ríos, Egídio R. 30 1 January 1982 F US Cittŕ di Palermo, Italy    
Uruguay Substitutes
14 Lodeiro Benítez, M. Nicolás, on 58th min. (57:54) for Viudez 23 21 March 1989 M Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Brazil    

unused substitutes:

3-Diego Polenta, 5-Emiliano Albín, 8-Maximiliano Calzada, 11-Abel Hernández, 12-Jonathan Urretaviscaya, 18-Leandro Gelpi.
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Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.1 Appearances/Goals    


    Match Report

Great Britain will meet South Korea in Cardiff on Saturday after beating Uruguay to finish top of Group A. Daniel Sturridge converted from close range on the stroke of half-time to score the only goal of the game. Uruguay responded after the break but GB keeper Jack Butland made two brilliant saves to deny Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Sturridge almost snatched a second late on but his shot was saved before Uruguay's Gaston Ramirez hit the bar. Ramirez's thunderous strike capped a frustrating night for the South American team, who go home with just a solitary win over the UAE to show for their efforts.

Oscar Tabarez's side came into the tournament as one of the fancied teams, boasting the highly rated strikeforce of Suarez and Napoli's Edinson Cavani. But neither of them found the net during the Games and La Celeste, playing in the Olympic football tournament for the first time since 1928, join Spain as a fancied side failing to qualify from the group stage. The result ensures the GB men's team repeat the feat of the women in reaching the last eight of the football tournament. And if Stuart Pearce's team can defeat South Korea when they return to Cardiff on Saturday then they will reach the last four and be guaranteed a bronze medal match at the very least. GB have now won back-to-back fixtures following Sunday's 3-1 victory against the UAE at Wembley, although with the fixtures coming thick and fast Pearce opted to make changes for Wednesday's match. Skipper Ryan Giggs, James Tomkins and Marvin Sordell all dropped to the bench, with Craig Bellamy named skipper in the city of his birth.

He was one of four Welsh players in the starting XI and might have capped the occasion with a goal but the Liverpool forward could not quite make decisive contact after Uruguay failed to clear a corner. However, it was fellow Welshman Aaron Ramsey who was GB's most influential player and he almost created a goal with a low ball drilled across the face of goal but no-one was on hand provide the finishing touch. Uruguay, who knew they needed to win to progress to the knockout stage, struggled to find much attacking fluency in the first half. Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates headed over from a free-kick, Ramirez shot wide from distance and Micah Richards, back in the centre of defence after playing at full-back against the UAE, blocked a strike from Suarez.

But that was all they had to show for their first-half endeavour and the visitors were punished when Sturridge scored his second in as many games. The goal owed much to Swansea's Joe Allen, whose clever run to collect Scott Sinclair's pass was equalled by his low ball into a dangerous area, where Sturridge was on hand to strike. The Chelsea forward hit the woodwork from close range after Sinclair headed a Bellamy cross back across goal immediately after the restart, but the flag was raised and spared Sturridge's blushes. Eventually Uruguay started to show some of the incision that had taken their full senior team to the last four of the 2010 World Cup - but they could find no way past 19-year-old keeper Butland. The slippery Suarez eluded Steven Caulker and closed in on goal but his initial shot was saved by Butland, who also gathered in the striker's second attempt. Suarez was later played in by Cavani but the GB keeper made a brilliant one-handed save to thwart the Uruguay skipper. After Sturridge was denied by Martin Campana, Ramirez finally defeated Butland but his 18-yard strike hit the crossbar.

Source Notes

BBC Sport