British soccer team bows out of Olympics
Sun, 05 Aug 2012 11:39a.m.
Great Britain's night of sporting nights ended in heartbreak when the men's soccer team bowed out of the Olympic quarter-finals in an all too familiar penalty shootout.
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge missed the vital final spot kick for Britain which left the South Koreans needing only to convert their last kick, which they did, to progress to a dream semi-final against Brazil at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Sturridge was clearly angry and upset as he made his way off the field, although it could be argued Aaron Ramsey was equally culpable as he also missed from the spot in normal time when the Wales midfielder had a chance to put Britain in front.
That Ramsey scored in the shootout just heightened the frustration for a capacity crowd, who moments earlier had been celebrating three gold medals won in track and field at the Olympic Stadium.
Jessica Ennis (heptathlon), Greg Rutherford (long jump) and Mo Farah (men's 10 000 metres) sent the nation into hysteria, but the nation's poor international record in penalty shootouts came back to haunt them.
Brazil were made to work for their 3-2 win over Honduras with goals from Leandro Damiao (2) and star Neymar.
In the other semi-final Mexico will play Japan.
Japan accounted for Egypt 3-0 with goals from Kensuke Nagai, captain Maya Yoshida and Yuki Otsu.
Mexico, who beat Senegal 4-2, have goalkeeper and captain Jose Corona to thank for several fine saves.
The African nation took the central Americans to extra time, before conceding two late goals.
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