Friday 24 November 2017

Spain crash out as Giggs sets Team GB on way to first victory

Jamie Holland

SPAIN were last night sensationally dumped out of the Olympics as Honduras pulled off a major shock at St James' Park.

Jerry Bengston's seventh-minute header ensured that the Spaniards will go home early following an opening defeat by Group D leaders Japan.

In an ill-tempered encounter, Iker Muniain hit the post and substitute Rodrigo the bar amid a second-half Spanish onslaught, but the Central American side battled heroically to keep Luis Milla's star-studded side at bay.

Bengtson got the game off to a sensational start when he climbed high to power Roger Espinoza's driven cross past Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

And much as Spain tried to get back into the game, with Muiain going close before it took a flying save from keeper Jose Mendoza to keep out Rodrigo's header, and the striker headed against the bar eight minutes from time.

The Hondurans held on to claim a famous win over the reigning world and European champions.

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Meanwhile, Great Britain claimed their first win, beating United Arab Emirates 3-1 thanks to second half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Scott Sinclair.

Ryan Giggs became the Olympics' oldest ever scorer opened the scoring, while Rashed Eisa drew the UAE level.

With his first touch, Sinclair was on hand to tap home a Craig Bellamy cross Sturridge sealed the win.

Stuart Pearce's side were boosted by the news that group rivals Uruguay earlier slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Senegal.

Favourites Brazil, inspired by the dazzling Neymar, swept into the quarter-finals after coming from behind to beat Belarus 3-1.

Japan, who stunned Spain 1-0 in their opener, also secured their place in the last eight from Group D with a 1-0 win over Morocco.

Irish Independent

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