LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge of Great Britain celebrate after scoring a goal during the Men's Football first round Group A Match between Great Britain and United Arab Emirates on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

2012 Olympics: Brazil, Mexico And Great Britain All Win

The quarterfinal draw has been set, with Brazil, Mexico and Great Britain all through. They're joined by Senegal, Egypt, South Korea, Japan and Honduras.

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Great Britain Vs. Uruguay, 2012 Olympics: Final Score 1-0, GB Advance To Quarters

Great Britain have made it to the quarterfinals at the Olympics after dispatching Uruguay at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. Uruguay, whom many had tipped for a medal thanks to their overage stars, suffered a shock loss to Senegal in their second match and needed a win to be sure of getting out of the group. They didn't play like it, however.

Stuart Pearce's side were comfortably the better side, and they managed to convert their dominance into a goal just before the stroke of halftime. Joe Allen got things started, weaving brilliantly through the right side of the Uruguay defence before crossing for Chelsea's Danny Sturridge, who was able to finish cleanly from close range.

Uruguay's ability to threaten Jack Butland's goal was somewhat limited thanks to the complete lack of service to Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, but they weren't totally helpless -- Suarez forced several good saves* and Gaston Ramirez nearly leveled in the 94th minute with a long-range shot that cannoned off the post. It wasn't enough, however, and they go home after a highly disappointing performance.

*And pulled off a comedy handball.

The hosts, meanwhile, advance to the quarterfinals. They'll play South Korea on Saturday.


Mexico Vs. Switzerland, 2012 Olympics: Final Score, 1-0 Win For El Tri

Mexico finally brought senior team starter Giovani dos Santos off their bench and put him into the starting XI for their final group stage match against Switzerland. The decision paid off, with the Tottenham Hotspur man looking lively throughout. He set up the only goal of the match, helping Mexico to a 1-0 victory that secured their first place standing in Group B.

Switzerland had to play the match without Michel Morganella, who was sent home for sending out tweets that were racist against Koreans. Mexico didn't exactly seen sympathetic of the fact that their opponents had lost their right back, and were very much a left-leaning team throughout the match.

Neither team had much quality in midfield, which made for a bit of a dull game until things sprang to life in the 69th minute. Dos Santos, just about the only player who had looked lively and competent going forward during the match set up his center forward Oribe Peralta for the game-winner. Switzerland picked up the pace afterwards, but struggled to challenge Jesus Corona. The Mexican center of defense had an excellent game, and was able to help El Tri hang on to a shutout win.


Spain Vs. Morocco, 2012 Olympics: Final Score 0-0 As Spain Disappoint Once More

If I were in the habit of anthropomorphising football teams, I'd probably have to describe the Spanish Olympic team using words like 'prostrate' and 'embarrassed'. After two games at an Olympic tournament in which they were favoured to win gold, their record stood at zero wins, zero draws and two losses, with no goals scored and two conceded. They were officially eliminated after a 1-0 defeat against Honduras, and their final match against Morocco was simply about pride.

Or not. After ninety thoroughly uninspiring minutes in which Adrian managed to spurn a handful of chances to break his country's Olympic duck, Spain ended up drawing 0-0 with the third place team in their group. It wasn't a matter of comprehensively outplaying Morocco, either -- Spain managed more and better chances but hardly dominated the match. They were simply playing poor football, much like they've done throughout the tournament. And now they're going home, while Japan and Honduras go to the quarters. Good riddance.


Brazil Vs. New Zealand, 2012 Olympics: Final Score 3-0, Brazil Remain Perfect

No Oscar? No problem. Brazil rested a pair of stars and cruised past New Zealand anyway, with Neymar putting on another show at St. James' Park. The favourites, who needed a draw to top the group, were clearly the better side, and it took just twenty minutes before they broke the deadlock, with a lovely through ball releasing midfielder Danilo into the New Zealand penalty area. He had just Michael O'Keeffe to beat, and although the goalkeeper got a hand to his low-hard shot it went in anyway.

Minutes later and Internacional forward Leandro Damiao doubled Brazil's advantage, finishing from close range after some very nice work down the left wing, and Sandro made it 3-0 after the break when he met a free kick at the far post, the midfielder's shot aided by a substantial deflection. Neymar had been brilliant throughout, orchestrating the complete disassembly of New Zealand's defence, but the prodigy failed to get the goal his performance deserved when he managed to sky a Rafael cross over the bar from five yards and O'Keeffe stranded.

The game died down by that point, and the sending off of Alex Sandro for a dive in the penalty area combined with a substitution for Neymar rather stymied Brazil as a serious attacking threat, but the damage was already done. Brazil are through to the quarterfinals as group winners. Surprise!

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