GREAT BRITAIN (3) vs UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (1)
TEAM GB captain Ryan Giggs conceded he and his team-mates will have to overcome a considerable challenge if they are to defeat Uruguay and qualify for the knockout stages of London 2012.
It was he who become the tournament’s oldest men’s goalscorer when heading Britain in front in the 16th minute and though it took only 15 second half minutes for United Arab Emirates to equalise, further finishes from Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge ensured Stuart Pearce’s men could saviour victory on at least one occasion before the tournament’s end.
Britain and Senegal are joint top of Group A with four points but the former must on Wednesday avoid defeat against Uruguay in order to reach the quarter-finals.
“We have to get past Wednesday first and that will be tough,” said Giggs. “They have top quality players. It was a very good win and it was a tough game. We knew they would cause problems and they did, but we came back stronger.
“To score for the GB team is special and, more importantly, it put us ahead. Heading is not my strongest point so I was really pleased to see it go in. We felt we could score goals, and one goal was never enough.
Sturridge’s finish, a delightfully delicate chip from outside of the area with 15 minutes remaining, secured victory but it took Sinclair’s opportunistic tap in to give Britain the lead after poor defending allowed UAE to equalise following Giggs’s header.
In Group D, Spain were last night stunningly eliminated after losing 1-0 to Honduras.