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Thursday, 26 July 2012
Olympic Games London 2012 Group A Match

Team GB 1 Senegal 1 [1-0]

Old Trafford, Manchester - Attendance: 72,176
8.00pm BST
Live on BBC One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Jonathan Pearce

Team GB - Craig Bellamy (20 19:10)
Senegal - Moussa Konaté (82 81:43)
Match Summary
Team GB Squad

Senegal Squad
Great Britain Olympic Results Senegal - Papa Souare (36 35:51), Sadio Mané (45 44:45), Papa Gueye (85 85:00)
Team GB - Craig Bellamy (47 46:07)

Team GB kicked-off. 95 minutes (45:45 & 49:10).


Match Summary


Officials from Uzbekistan

Team GB


Referee (yellow) - Ravshon Sayfiddinovich Ermatov,
34 (9 August 1977), Tashkent, FIFA listed 2003.

Assistant Referees - Abdukhamidullo Rasulov & Bakhadyr Kockarov, Kyrgyzstan

Fourth official - Benjamin Williams, Australia

This match followed the United Arab Emirates verses Uruguay match.

5 Goal Attempts 18
- Attempts on Target -
x Hit Bar/Post x
2 Corner Kicks Won 3
1 Offside Calls Against 1
7 Fouls Conceded 18
45% Possession 55%

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: Ryan Giggs, 2nd captaincy Coach: Stuart Pearce MBE, 50 (24 April 1962), appointed 20 October 2011,
2nd match, W 0 - D 1 - L 1 - F 1 - A 3.
Team GB Lineup
1 Butland, Jack 19 10 March 1993 GK Birmingham City FC 2 1 GA
2 Taylor, Neil J. 23 7 February 1989 RB Swansea City FC 2 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 22 5 August 1989 LB Chelsea FC 2 0
4 Rose, Daniel L. 22 2 July 1990 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
5 Caulker, Steven R. 20 29 December 1991 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
14 Richards, Micah L. 24 24 June 1988 CD Manchester United FC 2 0
7 Cleverley, Thomas W. 22 12 August 1989 RM Manchester United FC 2 0
8 Allen, Joseph M., injured off 63rd min. 22 14 March 1990 M Swansea City FC 2 0
9 Sturridge, Daniel A., off 46th min. 22 1 September 1989 F Chelsea FC 2 0
10 Bellamy, Craig D., off 80th min. 33 13 July 1979 F Liverpool FC 2 1
Bellamy cautioned in the 47th minute for a foul, for jumping for a ball with Saliou Cisse, and catching his own elbow on Cisse's cheek.
11 Giggs, Ryan J. 38 29 November 1973 LM Manchester United FC 2 0
Team GB Substitutes
17 Sordell, Marvin A., on 46th min. for Sturridge 21 17 February 1991 F Bolton Wanderers FC 2 0
15 Ramsey, Aaron J., on 63rd min. (62:22) for Allen 21 26 December 1990 M Arsenal FC 2 0
13 Cork, Jack F.P., on 80th min. (79:11) for Bellamy 23 25 June 1989 M Southampton FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

6-Craig Dawson, 12-James Tomkins, 16-Scott Sinclair, 18-Jason Steele.
4-3-3 Butland -
Taylor, Richards, Caulker, Bertrand -
Cleverley, Allen
(Ramsey), Giggs -
(Cork), Sturridge (Sordell), Rose

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.3 Appearances/Goals 2 0


Senegal Team



n/a Colours: Made by Puma - White shirts with green/red collar panels, white shorts with green trim, white socks with green vertical .

Stéphane Badji

Coach: Abdoukarime Diouf, 62 (29 September 1949)
Senegal Lineup
1 Mané, Ousmane 21 1 October 1990 GK Diambers de Saly
2 Ciss, Saliou 23 15 June 1989 D Tromsø IL, Norway    
16 Souare, Papa N. 22 6 June 1990 D LOSC Lille Métropole, France    
Soure cautioned in the 35th minute for a foul, for a malicious tackle on Taylor near the touchline.
4 Ba, Abdoulaye 21 1 January 1991 D Associação Académica de Coimbra OAF, Portugal    
5 Gueye, Papa 28 7 June 1984 D FC Metalist Kharkiv, Ukraine    
Gueye cautioned in the 85th minute for a foul, for clashing into a sprinting Tom Cleverley in the middle of the pitch.
6 Touré, Zargo 22 11 November 1989 D US de Boulogne-sur-Mer Côte d'Opale, France    
7 Konaté, P. Moussa 19 3 April 1993 F Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, Israel    
13 Diamé, Mohamed 25 14 June 1987 M West Ham United FC, England    
14 Gueye, Idrissa G., injured off 42nd min. 22 26 September 1989 M LOSC Lille Métropole, France    
10 Mané, Sadio 20 10 April 1992 M FC Metz, France    
Mane cautioned in the 45th minute for a foul, following a high foot into the shoulder of Ryan Bertrand, who was jumping in, defending his own goal.
12 Baldé, Ibrahima, off 65th min. 23 4 April 1989 F CA Osasuna, Spain    
Senegal Substitutes
8 Kouyaté, Cheikhou, on 42nd min. (41:48) for Gueye 22 21 December 1989 M RSC Anderlecht, Belgium    
15 Gueye, Magaye S.F.D.N., on 65th min. (64:36) for Baldé 22 6 July 1990 F Everton FC, England    
11 Yéro, Kalidou, on 88th min. (87:15) for Souare 20 19 August 1991 F Gil Vicente FC, Portugal    

unused substitutes:

3-Ibrahima Seck, 9-Kara Mbodji, 17-Stéphane Badji, 18-Papa Camara.
- -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 22.4 Appearances/Goals    


    Match Report

Great Britain were denied a win on their return from a 52-year hiatus from Olympic football as Senegal struck late to frustrate the hosts.  It looked as though Welshman Craig Bellamy's first-half strike would prove to be the winning goal and enough to seal an important win for GB.

 But the Lions of Teranga, playing at their first Olympics, drew level with 10 minutes remaining through Moussa Konate's deft finish after he latched on to a defence-splitting pass. There could have been even more late drama but Team GB substitute Marvin Sordell struck the crossbar, much to the despair of the passionate Old Trafford crowd. It ensured a frustrating end to the match for Stuart Pearce's team, who were aggrieved by a series of physical challenges from their opponents.

The draw leaves Group A in the balance as GB prepare for their remaining games against UAE on Sunday and Uruguay next Wednesday. If the home team had grounds to feel aggrieved at the leniency of the referee, they could have no complaints about the level of support they received.

Old Trafford was packed well before kick off and GB were roared on to the pitch as they emerged from the tunnel. There were chants of "GB" before the match and when the Group A encounter finally started Pearce's team enjoyed lots of early touches as they settled quickly. However, it was Senegal who initially looked the more threatening, with the highly rated Ibrahima Balde failing to make the most of two early headed opportunities. Pape Souare was powerful and direct down the left, while Micah Richards had to make two important interceptions after the African side turned the GB defence.

But it was GB who crafted the first decent opening, from which they scored. It was their first goal at the Games since the 1960 Olympics and one that was created by their three over-age players. Giggs aimed a free-kick towards Richards, whose scuffed header was only half-cleared. The ball fell invitingly to Bellamy, who struck it into the ground and up into the net. A huge cheer greeted the goal but GB were fortunate not to concede when a horrific clearance from Jack Butland was smashed straight at an unmarked Sadio Mane. Thankfully for the young Birmingham keeper his desperate charge from his goal did enough to put off the Metz forward, who clipped his effort well wide.

GB did not seem as busy and bustling after the restart and Senegal were quick to try to take advantage. Butland did well to save a snap-shot from Balde and, shortly afterwards, a crisp strike from Saliou Ciss, while Danny Rose was well positioned on the goal-line to clear a header from Abdoulaye Ba. The crowd seemed to sense the shift of momentum and tried to lift the team, while several injury stoppages did little to help the flow of the game. One followed a late tackle on the ever involved Bellamy by Ciss, and it led to a brief spate of pushing and shoving between Neil Taylor - himself the victim of a late first-half tackle - and Magaye Gueye. But as the match moved into the final 10 minutes and GB seemed to be closing in on victory, the defence was undone by a pass that Konate converted with his precise finish. Substitute Sordell, who replaced Daniel Sturridge at the break, hit the woodwork before Senegal's Konate pulled a strike wide at the other end.

Source Notes

BBC Sport