2012 Olympics: Spain Eliminated After 1-0 Loss

Pre-tournament favourites Spain are out after just two matches following a second straight 1-0 loss.

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Spain Vs. Honduras, 2012 Olympics: Final Score 1-0 Honduras; Spain Eliminated

Yeah, this definitely wasn't supposed to happen. Spain were everyone's favourites to challenge Brazil for Gold at the 2012 London Olympics, but after 180 minutes of football against Japan and then Honduras, they've failed to score a goal and are now out of the competition entirely.

Just like against Japan, Spain went down in the first half thanks to a cross. Spain failed to clear their lines, and a left-sided delivery allowed New England Revolution centre forward Jerry Bengston to nod past David de Gea in the 7th minute. It was a wakeup call that Spain complete failed to heed -- they continued to be dominated in the centre by Honduras's players -- and although they eventually did put some pressure on Jose Mendoza's goal, some good saves and good luck prevented them from finding the back of the net.

The second half was marked by some hilarious timewasting on Honduras's part, which annoyed Spain to the point that some players lost their cool. Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain almost resorted to blows after taking offence to Mendoza lying on the ground with a pretend injury (there were lots of these), but the passion the Spanish were clearly feeling didn't translate to results. They'll be going home after Wednesday's matches.


Great Britain Vs. United Arab Emirates, 2012 Olympics: Final Score 3-1 As GB Survive Scare

The United Arab Emirates gave Uruguay a scare in their opening Olympic match, and things were no different against Great Britain. The hosts began the match in complete control and went 1-0 up a quarter hour in, but ended up pegged back and facing an embarrassing draw before a pair of late goals saw them through.

Ryan Giggs got things started in the 16th minute with an excellent far-post header from a Craig Bellamy cross, leaving UAE goalkeeper Ali Khaseif with absolutely no chance. Great Britain were up 1-0, and looked as though they were primed to make it more, with the Welsh contingent of Giggs and Bellamy particularly impressive. The latter nearly grabbed another assist when he cut the ball back for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley at the top of the box, but the 22-year-old's snapshot crashed off both posts and out.

It didn't look as though the miss was going to be a problem, but the UAE got back into the game totally against the run of play via Rashed Eisa and some hilariously poor defending in front of Jack Butland. Seriously, this has to be seen to be believed:

That goal gave the visitors hope, and they spent the next fifteen minutes completely bossing the game, forcing Butland into some scrambling saves as GB desperately tried to keep things level.

And then the match was turned on its head once again. Daniel Sturridge, recently recovered from meningitis, hadn't done much since coming on as a substitute, but he managed to distract Khaseif for long enough on a [] cross for Scott Sinclair to steal in and finish at the far post, and then he got on the scoresheet moments later with a lovely clipped finish after breaking clear of the UAE defence.

At 3-1, the match was over, and Wembley Stadium could relax. 'Team GB' now control their own destiny -- a win or a draw against Uruguay will see them advance from Group A.


Senegal Vs. Uruguay, 2012 London Olympics: Final Score 2-0, Uruguay Stunned

Uruguay suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against Senegal despite having a man advantage for a full hour. With a potent front line of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Gaston Ramirez, many were expecting Uruguay to be the team to beat in Group A (which also features Great Britain), and they could have advanced with a win against Senegal on Sunday. Instead, a Moussa Konate brace was followed by a long, long spell of attacking futility, throwing the group wide open.

Konate broke the deadlock in the tenth minute, putting home the rebound after the unfortunate Martin Campana had saved superbly from Cheikhou Kouyate, and he made it 2-0 before the stroke of half time, nodding home a corner. In between was plenty of action, with Abdoulaye Ba shown a yellow card and then a straight red for two fouls on Luis Suarez within four minutes, Edinson Cavani seeing a shot spectacularly tipped away by Ousame Meme and Gaston Ramirez both hitting the crossbar then pulling off an appalling close-range miss.

The second half wasn't nearly as exciting -- ten-man Senegal were more than happy to sit back and let Uruguay try to break them down. The favourites simply couldn't do it, with Suarez missing their two best chances. Why they left Cavani on the flanks while they swung in crosses to the Liverpool man is a bit of a mystery, and it may well have cost them here. Uruguay's prospects of coming out of the group now seem to hang on beating hosts Great Britain in their next match.


Brazil Vs. Belarus, 2012 Olympics: Neymar Rescues Selecao In 3-1 Win

Brazil looked a bit shaky yet again on Sunday, but found a way to squeak out a win again, locking up their place in the quarterfinals. They followed up their 3-2 win over Egypt with a game that was even more of a nailbiter, but Neymar pulled out some heroics to guide Brazil to a 3-1 victory over Belarus.

The underdogs got off to a dream start with an eighth-minute goal, finished off by BATE Borisov star Renan Breassan. His header came at the end of a fantastic move, assisted by right back Aleksi Koslov with a cross. Their lead didn't last long, with Alexandre Pato snatching an equalizer in the 15th minute. It was created in a similar manner to the Belarus goal, with a cross into the box for a forward that beat his man in the air. Neymar, the man of the match for Brazil, provided the assist.

Belarus continued to play well throughout the first half, but Brazil began to take over in the second half. It took until the 65th minute for them to take the lead, but they did it on an absolutely stunning goal. Neymar was the scorer, hitting a perfectly curled free kick from 30 yards out into the side netting, past Aleksandr Gutor at his far post.

The game was well won heading into stoppage time, with Brazil in control, but Neymar felt the need to erase any doubt about who was the best player on the pitch. He set up a chance for Oscar on a silver platter with a spectacular backheel and the Chelsea attacker buried it, sealing Brazil's 3-1 win.


Mexico Vs. Gabon, 2012 Olympics: Giovani Dos Santos The Hero For El Tri

Mexico were disappointing in their Olympics opener, a 0-0 draw with South Korea, but they're in the driver's seat in Group B after their 2-0 win over Gabon on Sunday. Gabon drew Switzerland in their first match and would have been in a good position to reach the quarterfinals with another draw, but their defense fell apart late.

Senior team regular Giovani dos Santos started the match on the bench once again, and came into the game at halftime in an attempt to liven things up. He made the difference for El Tri with two goals, including one gorgeous left-footed finish from open play in the 63rd minute.

A desperate Gabon team lost their composure in the closing minutes, with Henri Ndong giving away a penalty in stoppage time. The foul on Oribe Peralta was also good for his second yellow card of the match. Dos Santos stepped up and converted the penalty, sealing the win for Mexico.

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