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Senegal stuns Uruguay; Brazil, Japan through
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 30 - 07 - 2012

LONDON – Ten-man Senegal caused a huge upset when it beat Uruguay 2-0 at Wembley Sunday while title favorite Brazil, inspired by the dazzling Neymar, swept into the quarterfinals after coming from behind to beat Belarus 3-1.
Japan, which stunned Spain 1-0 in its opener, also secured its place in the last eight from Group D with a 1-0 win over Morocco at Newcastle's St James' Park.
Uruguay, back in the Olympics for the first time since winning their second successive soccer gold in 1928, had never previously lost an Olympic match but found no answer to first half goals from Moussa Konate even though Senegal played for 10 men for an hour after Abdoulaye Ba was sent off for hauling down Uruguay's skipper Luis Suarez.
The result put Olympic debutant Senegal top of Group A with four points, followed by Uruguay on three.
Senegal was worth its victory which makes a place in the last eight alongside Brazil and Japan a real possibility.
Japan left it late to beat Morocco with Kensuke Nagai scoring the winner in the 84th minute when he lofted the ball over advancing goalkeeper Mohamed Amsif.
Brazil became the first side to qualify for the next stage thanks to their come-from-behind win against Belarus thanks to an inspired performance from Neymar, who scored and made the two other goals.
Brazil's victory, courtesy of a header from Alexandre Pato, a 30 metre free-kick from Neymar and a brilliantly-taken third by Oscar after being set up by a backheel from Neymar, meant Brazil has six points from their opening two Group C matches.
Brazilian-born Renan Bardini headed Belarus in front after eight minutes but although it lost it will go through if it beat Egypt Wednesday.
Egypt was in action in the other Group C match played earlier at Old Trafford in Manchester and wasted plenty of chances in a 1-1 draw with New Zealand which did neither team's hopes of advancing much good.
New Zealand forward Chris Wood opened the scoring from just in front of the goal after a corner in the 17th minute at the Old Trafford Stadium, and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah equalized from close range following a counterattack in the 40th.
Chris Wood put the Kiwis ahead after 17 minutes before Mohamed Salah equalized after 40 minutes for his second goal of the tournament.
In other early action, Mexico beat Gabon 2-0 in Coventry with two goals from substitute Giovani Dos Santos, who lives in the Olympic city of London and plays for Tottenham Hotspur.
Mexico has four points in Group B and look set to advance to the last eight, probably with South Korea which beat Switzerland 2-1 and also has four points. — Reuters


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