Thursday July 26, 2012 1st Round: Group A Finished Old Trafford

Great Britain (oly.) 1 - 1 Senegal (oly.)

  • Bellamy 20’
  • Konate 82’

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    • Great Britain (oly.)
    • Senegal (oly.)
    • 90+4' Full-time and GB are forced to settle for a point. Britain next face UAE on Sunday who lost 2-1 to third favourites Uruguay in their opening match.
    • 90+3' Tired ball from Giggs and Mane finds Konate but he screws his shot wide.
    • 90+2' GB win a corner but Mane claims convincingly.
    • 90+1' Four minutes of added time.
    • 90' Sordell goes down in the penalty area but Ba takes the ball. No penalty.
    • 89' A chance for Senegal to win it but Mane’s header from eight yards is well wide.
    • 88' SORDELL HITS THE CROSSBAR! Great play by Ramsey to set up the chance, he squares to the sub whose first time shot comes back off the woodwork.
    • 87' Kalidou Yero replaces Pape Souare.
    • 86' Giggs’ free-kick finds Richards at the back post but he cannot get any purchase on his header.
    • 85' Cleverley this time the subject of a heavy foul from Papa Gueye and he gets a yellow card.
    • 84' A cool finish though by the 19-year-old from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
    • 83' Both GB’s defenders went up for a corner that was wasted and they never regrouped as the African side countered for the leveller.
    • 82' GOAL!! Senegal equalise. It is a superb pass from Mane that splits open the GB defence and Moussa Konate calmly lifts the ball over the advancing Butland.
    • 81' Good run by Ramsey and GB win their first corner.
    • 80' FT scores in Group C: Belarus 1-0 New Zealand; Brazil 3-2 Egypt
    • 79' Final change for GB as Southampton’s Jack Cork replaces Bellamy.
    • 78' ‏@OliverKayTimes - Senegal tackling like Cameroon circa 1990
    • 77' Rose gets to the by-line and his cross is hacked clear.
    • 76' Giggs caught in possession but Souare’s pass to Gueye is too strong.
    • 75' Rose tracks back to dispossess Mane but then gives the ball away cheaply but Koyate’s shot is headed away by Richards on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 74' Senegal have committed 15 fouls to GB’s six.
    • 73' Bellamy is back on the pitch and still chuntering about that non-decision.
    • 72' Souare’s tame shot trickles through to Butland.
    • 71' Both Bellamy and Ciss need treatment with the Welshman pointing at the assistant referee who somehow decided not to wave his flag to signal a foul.
    • 70' GB with huge claims for a penalty as Ciss crunches into Bellamy with both feet. The referee waves away the appeals and there is a melee in the penalty area with Taylor booked.
    • 69' Taylor finds Bellamy down the right but his cross aimed at Sordell is plucked out of the air by Mane.
    • 68' Ciss’ long throw runs all the way through to Butland.
    • 67' Ramsey almost finds Sordell with a superb pass with the outside of the boot but the striker has drifted offside.
    • 66' Another wild effort on goal from distance by Mane.
    • 65' Balde is replaced by Everton’s Magaye Gueye.
    • 64' Rose’s cross from the left is crucially palmed away by Mane and Bellamy cannot manage to hook his effort on target. GB’s first sight of goal in a while.
    • 63' The referee from Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov continues to allow Senegal’s physical approach – two hefty fouls in quick succession.
    • 62' The Swansea man is replaced by fellow Welshman Aaron Ramsey.
    • 61' Allen is going to come off.
    • 60' Egypt have pulled two goals back and now trail 3-2. Brazil v Egypt: LIVE
    • 59' And now Mane is on the ground with an apparent injury.
    • 58' Allen needs some treatment.
    • 57' Rose heads Ba’s free header from that corner off the line. It might just have been going wide.
    • 56' Saliou Ciss warms the fingertips of Butland with a stinging 20-yard shot. The man, who spent last season on-loan at Cheltenham, turns away for a corner.
    • 55' Zargo Toure with a decent hit but it is always rising and the full-back’s attempt from 20 yards fails to test Butland.
    • 54' The rain has begun to fall in Manchester.
    • 53' A good surging run by Taylor but Konate gets back to nick the ball off him and then is fouled.
    • 52' And another wild foul from a Senegal man on a yellow card, Souare this time on Rose.
    • 51' Another wild tackle from Senegal – Mane on Rose and he has already been booked. A very lucky boy.
    • 50' Balde’s header at the far post, from the resulting corner, is wide.
    • 49' Butland is forced to get down sharply to his left to make a fine one-handed save to deny Balde.
    • 48' Yellow card for Bellamy for a stray arm into the face of Ciss.
    • 47' Sordell did not start a game for Bolton after joining them from Watford in January for £3 million.
    • 46' A change for GB at the start of the second-half with Marvin Sordell replacing Sturridge.
    • 45+1' That’s half-time and GB have the lead.
    • 45' Mane is booked for a very, very high foot that nearly takes Bertrand’s head off.
    • 44' An impressive Japan managed to shock the well-fancied Spain team in the men’s football today. Report
    • 43' Seven shots to two in Senegal’s favour but GB with the only goal.
    • 42' Kouyate won the Belgian title with Anderlecht last season.
    • 41' Idrissa Gueye is forced off and he is replaced by Cheikhou Kouyate.
    • 40' Sturridge behind the Senegal defence after a raking pass from Giggs but Mane comes off his line and forces the Chelsea man wide, a screwed shot well off target is the result.
    • 39' Sturridge takes on Papa Gueye but the ball runs out of play and it’s a goal kick.
    • 38' Nice inter-play between Taylor, Bellamy and Cleverley but the pass goes under Sturridge’s boot and a promising chance is lost.
    • 37' Yellow card for Pape Souare for a wild, scissors tackle on Taylor.
    • 36' Giggs looks for Caulker with his free-kick but the Tottenham defender fouls Ba.
    • 35' HT scores: Belarus 1-0 New Zealand; Brazil 3-0 Egypt
    • 34' Idrissa Gueye needs some treatment.
    • 33' Rose wins a free-kick on the left touchline and then has a confrontation with Moussa Konate.
    • 32' Snap shot from the lively Balde but over the crossbar.
    • 31' Mane gets behind the GB defence but Richards manages to make a vital tackle.
    • 30' Bellamy bursts into the penalty area but pulls back Ba and is penalised.
    • 29' Certainly the game still being played at a slow tempo on a warm evening.
    • 28' Diame can’t find Balde with his attempted slide rule pass into the penalty area.
    • 27' Butland was of course in England’s Euro 2012 squad after John Ruddy withdrew.
    • 26' Elsewhere favourites Brazil are 3-0 up on Egypt with Neymar, Rafael and Leandro Damiao on target.
    • 25' Terrible mistake by Butland and Mane spurns a golden chance to equalise. The clearance went straight to the Senegal striker and he lifts his shot over the keeper but wide of the post.
    • 24' Senegal do have plenty of pace on the break.
    • 23' A lively run by Sadio Mane but a great block by Caulker before a vital challenge by Joe Allen on Gueye in the penalty area.
    • 22' 95 of the 288 footballers at Olympics 2012 were not born when Ryan Giggs became a professional player.
    • 21' Acrobatic attempt from Balde in the penalty area but miles off target.
    • 20' GOAL!! Ryan Giggs’ deep cross is aimed towards Micah Richards but the ball falls kindly into the path of Bellamy in the penalty area and his shot finds the corner to give GB the lead.
    • 19' This time Bellamy draws the foul from Saliou Ciss – a chance to swing the ball into the penalty area.
    • 18' Robust challenge by Abdoulaye Ba on Rose – he picked up three red cards last season in Portugal’s top flight but no free-kick awarded.
    • 17' Papa Gueye makes two key interceptions in his own penalty area.
    • 16' @alexchick81: This British football still feels like some sort of lab experiment, like growing a human ear on the back of a rat.
    • 15' The Mexican Wave in the crowd indicates the paucity of chances in the opening 15 minutes.
    • 14' Bellamy of Liverpool getting a few boos but not as many as Luis Suarez did earlier when Uruguay played UAE.
    • 13' Cleverley’s cross is claimed by keeper Ousmane Mane – the only home based player in the Senegal XI.
    • 12' A dangerous cross from the left is headed away by giant defender Papa Gueye.
    • 11' A 20-yard shot taken by Ibrahima Balde drifts harmlessly wide.
    • 10' Idrissa Gueye’s cross finds Balde at the back post but his header hits Bertrand.
    • 9' But headed clear by Sturridge.
    • 8' Senegal win the first corner of the match.
    • 7' Bellamy is playing down the right flank with Giggs in the middle in a 4-5-1 that can become a 4-3-3.
    • 6' No singing at all from the crowd. It feels like those Robbie Williams charity matches they play at this stadium.
    • 5' First danger for Team GB, a cross from the left aimed at Ibrahima Balde but the ball runs through to Butland.
    • 4' Bellamy’s flick down into the path of Sturridge but he is unable to find Tottenham’s Danny Rose who is hugging the left flank.
    • 3' GB enjoying much of the early possession and a patient build-up with Allen and Cleverley pulling the strings in the centre of midfield.
    • 2' GB are playing Swansea’s Neil Taylor at right-back and Ryan Bertrand of Chelsea in his preferred left-back slot. There was some dispute about which flank those two would operate on.
    • 1' And we are away!
    • 19:57 And out come the teams before a big crowd in Manchester. Here are the anthems.
    • 19:55 The men look to follow the lead of the women's team who kicked off their campaign in style yesterday, beating New Zealand 1-0. Steph Houghton's free-kick was the difference between the two teams at the Millennium Stadium. Powell joy after GB women's football win
    • 19:50 Great Britain has not competed in the Olympic qualifying competition since 1974 and has not contested the finals since 1960. Preparations for 2012 have taken place against a backdrop of the football authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland objecting to the formation of a united side because of fears they may lose their independent status within FIFA and there are no players from those countries in the GB side.
    • 19:45 Senegal are a big, physical side with players plying their trade all around the world and are captained by West Ham's Mohamed Diame.
    • 19:40 The teams are divided into groups of four with the top two reaching the quarter-finals and earlier the other two teams in Group A met with Uruguay beating UAE 2-1.
    • 19:35 At the London Games, the men's teams will only be allowed to select three players over the age of 23 and Giggs is looking forward to being a positive influence on the young players in Pearce's squad and feels the side will play good football. "It's a tremendous honour to captain Great Britain in an Olympics on home turf - I'm looking forward to it."
    • 19:30 Ryan Giggs leads the Great Britain team, part of a five-strong Welsh contingent which also includes Craig Bellamy, Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Aaron Ramsey although the latter is only on the bench. England fringe players Butland, Daniel Sturridge, Micah Richards and Tom Cleverley are also on show.
    • 19:25 Stuart Pearce saw his side outclassed by Brazil, with up-and-coming superstar Neymar scoring a penalty in a 2-0 win for the South Americans last Friday, and has made two changes to his side with Birmingham's Jack Butland replacing Jason Steele in goal and Tottenham's Steven Caulker coming in for West Ham's James Tomkins.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: GB: Butland, Bertrand, Richards, Caulker, Taylor, Cleverley, Allen, Giggs, Rose, Sturridge, Bellamy. Subs: Steele, Tomkins, Dawson, Cork, Ramsey, Sinclair, Sordell /// Senegal: Mane, Ciss, P.Gueye, Ba, Toure, Souare, Mane, Diame, I.Gueye, Konate, Balde. Subs: Camara, Mbodji, Seck, Kouyate, Badji, Yero, M.Gueye
    • 19:15 Welcome to coverage of Great Britain’s opening Group D game in the Olympic football tournament against Senegal. I’m Lee Walker (@Lee_Eurosport) and will take you through tonight’s match at Old Trafford.
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    Manager: Stuart Pearce

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    Manager: Abdoukarime Diouf

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  1. Were #$%$ on our own as England, Even worse when­ we become GB. Now as for the officials at the match­ OMG if this is the way its going to be, I`m glad I­ only watched it on TV and didnt pay crazy money for a­ ticket. Roll on the embarrassing opening ceremony­ tonight which has cost 29M Let the world see what we­ provide as a Nation. LOL

    From BLUEBULLY, on Fri 27 Jul 10:51
  2. what a #$%$ selection. cant believe he picked #$%$­ giggs over becks

    From E, on Fri 27 Jul 9:20
  3. First of all it was never a penalty. Bellamy has kicked­ it out into touch already. Yes it was a foul and­ Senegal Guy could have been booked / sent off but you­ are not denying scoring opportunity as the ball is­ gone. Second Team GB still plays in slo-mo and pretty­ inco-ordinated. Giggs can't run anymore and that is­ from United fan. Problem is in United team he­ doesn't need to cover this much ground as there is­ quality around him. Team GB is no more than England and­ Wales rejects. Senegal dominated the game although they­ themselves are extremely limited in terms of ability.­ What they lack for they make up in SIZE and strength.­ Micah Ricahrds looked Dwarfed between Senegalese­ defenders.

    From wunna, on Thu 26 Jul 23:27
  4. Well maybe Beckham should have been in, but how many of­ those so called "tackles" Ha Ha, could he­ have taken. Yes Giggs was bad, but still has a bit of­ class about him. But as with all of our teams. England,­ Ireland, Sctland and Wales we lack class and the­ ability to hold the ball up. We also lack class­ finishers largely I feel to the over population of­ foreign players in the Premeirship. Until we give our­ own youmg talent a fair crack of the whip in top flight­ football we will always come up second best. Good luck­ to Team GB, men and women in their next games. And as­ for the crowd booing Bellamy and then giving him a­ standing ovation it says it all doesnt it?

    From Malcolm, on Thu 26 Jul 23:17
  5. Giggs was shocking all game not because he,s english or­ welsh . But past it.And fergie thinks he will get­ another two seasons out of him, Good luck with that­ one.

    From a, on Thu 26 Jul 22:46
  6. This is pretty typical, when GB was winning Giggs and­ Bellamy were stars, after Senegal­ equalised..."they never should have picked the­ Welsh players", "if it were only English­ players they'd have won", just like when Colin­ Jackson was winning gold he was British, but when he­ lost in the finals all of a sudden he was described as­ Welsh.

    From ddraigfenacht, on Thu 26 Jul 22:39
  7. Man of the match for senegal RYAN GIGGS. He even­ managed a pass in there move for the equaliser, Beckham­ was robbed of a place.

    From a, on Thu 26 Jul 22:29
  8. That referee and his linesman should not be allowed th­ officiate at a schoolgirl netball match let alone an­ Olympic Football game. But I suppose you can only­ expect that with referees from countries who level of­ football is not world class.The officials should look­ at his refereeing and chuck him and his linesman out,­ but they wont. The guy was either blind or stupid or­ both or ? It will go down as the worse refereeing­ decision in the history of football. But it was not­ just that decision,he allowed Senegal to get away with­ their brutalitiy throughout the whole game.I am not­ saying that Team GB were the better team, but a penalty­ would have meant game over.One other point Giggs was­ bloody alwful.

    From john c, on Thu 26 Jul 22:27
  9. Sorry but the draw was a fair result....I do think­ that without a more secure referee then Senegal will be­ involved in serious injury headlines........not good.

    From Malcolm S, on Thu 26 Jul 22:24
  10. Istina Boli - I see your poisonous bigoted existence­ continues, can you not afford a fix is that why you are­ such a miserable cow........

    From Seanchai, on Thu 26 Jul 22:23
  11. Come on, you know GB was doomed the minute they snubbed­ Beckham.

    From MikeR in L.A., on Thu 26 Jul 22:17
  12. I love it when people on here who have never played­ football use expressions like "tactically­ naive".

    From B, on Thu 26 Jul 22:16
  13. Just watched team GB , ive never seen such a synical­ side should have had 3 sent off, Absolute stonewall­ penalty(and sending off) ref... #$%$ Lino BOTTLED IT.­ 4th OFFICIAL WHO!!!! Sportsmanship forget it ­ blown away in one match and the games have not started­ properly yet.

    From Malcolm, on Thu 26 Jul 22:14
  14. Yes we know the team weren't entirely match sharp,­ they've played one game together and they are­ playing in pretty hot conditions. Of course Senegal­ were going to look sharper. Shame it didn't show in­ the timing of their tackles. GB should clearly have had­ a penalty and the guy should've seen a straight­ red. How the ref gave nothing I can only imagine the­ size of his brown envelope. Plus some of their other­ tackles were awful. If they come up against a ref who­ hasn't been bought they will be lucky to finish­ games with 8 men on the pitch playing like that.

    From David, on Thu 26 Jul 22:11
  15. There is no disrespect in not singing the anthem. It is­ not mandatory. I doubt every english player sings the­ national anthem each match, in fact I know they­ don't.

    From Andrew, on Thu 26 Jul 22:10
  16. Well done Senegal - congratulations !

    From Ronaldinho, on Thu 26 Jul 22:09
  17. Can someone answer me a couple of questions? Every­ Team GB Athlete should know the National Anthem,­ hopefully every Team GB Athlete is representing Great­ Britain with pride and from the heart, they have worked­ hard, trained hard and made sacrifices to earn their­ right to represent Great Britain. So why are the mega­ rich footballers ignoring this great moment in history?­ All the Welsh contingent with Team GB football team­ totally disrespected our National anthem. Some members­ of that football team performed without passion or­ commitment, namely the over-aged players. Stuart­ Pearce was probably one of the most passionate players­ ever to pull on a shirt to represent his country, these­ so called players are showing disrespect to him as well­ as their Nation. Lets go back to amateurs and­ sponsorships and let these disgraceful over-paid morons­ rot in hell.

    From busdriver, on Thu 26 Jul 22:07
  18. I disagree with the anti GB debate. GB is hosting the­ olympics and we should have a GB team representing us­ in a game that was invented in GB. It's just a­ shame the NI and Scotland FAs didn't play ball and­ a true GB team could not be selected.

    From Andrew, on Thu 26 Jul 22:07
  19. team gb haha team joke stupid pearce should not be in­ charge giggs is he captain the pundits said he is­ playing a good game i wish i could watch the game they­ were watching it a goog job its group stages means we­ get bto play more than 1 game it was worse game i have­ seen a british team play

    From Anthony, on Thu 26 Jul 22:07
  20. Why is everyone slating this. It is not a team we are­ placing our future on, It is about supporting our great­ british nation in the olympic games and encouraging­ them to achieve to the best of their abilities. Good­ luck Team Great Britain in all events!!

    From ANDREW, on Thu 26 Jul 22:05
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