Thursday, August 2, 2012

Olympics: Britain sinks Uruguay to reach last soccer eight

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Title favorites Brazil and Japan were joined by hosts Britain, surprise qualifiers Egypt, Mexico, Senegal, South Korea and Honduras in the quarterfinals of the Olympic soccer tournament on Wednesday.

Britain defeated Uruguay 1-0 in Cardiff to make it through to the last eight for the first time since 1956 and will battle South Korea in the last eight in the Welsh capital when all four games are played on Saturday.

Brazil will meet Honduras at St James' Park in Newcastle, Japan, who qualified after their second match, will face Egypt at Old Trafford, Manchester and Mexico will meet Senegal at Wembley.

Egypt, who endured a torrid start to the competition when they trailed 3-0 to Brazil in their opener, completed a remarkable recovery by reaching the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over Belarus.

Brazil completed their perfect run of three straight wins when they beat New Zealand 3-0 at St James' Park, Newcastle to seal first place in Group C ahead of Egypt.

Four matches played in the afternoon produced only one goal when Mexico beat Switzerland 1-0 in Cardiff to win Group B.

The other games between South Korea and Gabon in Group B and Japan and Honduras and Spain and Morocco in Group D finished goalless with only South Korea and Japan advancing.

Spain, among the favorites before the tournament started, went out without scoring a goal, the only team not to score.

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