Spain men won’t advance Associated Pres
Spain men won’t advance
NEWCASTLE, England — Spain was eliminated from the men’s Olympic soccer tournament Sunday after another 1-0 loss.
Honduras forward Jerry Bengtson scored the lone goal in the seventh minute, knocking a header past Spain goalkeeper David de Gea.
It was an intense match packed with heated aggression. Spain players picked up seven yellow cards and Honduras six.
“The team was tense from the beginning because they knew that they had to score to qualify for the next round,” Spain’s coach Luis Milla said. “And the early goal made it harder.”
Spain’s under-23 team has been under enormous pressure to follow in the footsteps of the senior side, which has won the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.
When asked if he thought the pressure affected the team, Milla said, “Yes, it’s possible that the pressure was there, but they are players who play at the highest level.
“The coaching staff has to analyze what led to the elimination. We have to find out what happened.”
Besides returning home without a medal, Spain could find itself in the awkward position of coming back from a major tournament without a goal if it doesn’t score in the last match against Morocco on Wednesday in Manchester. Spain also lost 1-0 to Japan on Thursday.
Honduras is now second in Group D with four points, two behind leader Japan.
Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez admitted his team was lucky to come out of the match with all three points.
“Things went our way tonight, because Spain could have come back to tie or win the game,” Suarez said. “We have to remain calm as we look to qualify, because the next match will be very hard.”
Brazil 3, Belarus 1
MANCHESTER, England — Neymar set up two goals and scored another off a free kick to help Brazil beat Belarus 3-1 and advance to the quarterfinals.
Neymar scored with a right-footed shot in the 65th minute as Brazil struggled to get near the Belarus goal despite controlling possession at Old Trafford.
Belarus had taken the lead when Brazilian-born playmaker Renan Bressan scored in the eighth minute, but Alexandre Pato tied it up with a header in the 15th after a cross by Neymar. The Brazil star also set up Oscar’s final goal in injury time.
The victory gives Brazil six points in Group C, three more than Belarus.
Mexico 2, Gabon 0
COVENTRY, England — Substitute Giovani Dos Santos scored twice in the second half to give Mexico a 2-0 victory over Gabon.
Dos Santos came on after the break and opened the scoring in the 63rd minute before converting a penalty in injury time at City of Coventry Stadium.
The win puts Mexico at the top of Group B with four points, while Gabon has one.
Great Britain 3, United Arab Emirates 1
WEMBLEY, England — Ryan Giggs got his goal and Great Britain got a 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates to keep its Olympic title dreams going. With Prince William and David Beckham watching on, too.
The 38-year-old Giggs capped a nifty buildup with a 16th-minute opener to become the oldest scorer at the Games, which is also the Welshman’s first major tournament.
Rashed Eisa nearly spoiled the party for 82,239 fans at Wembley Stadium with an equalizer at the hour mark. But Giggs’ replacement, Scott Sinclair, scored in the 73rd before Daniel Sturridge’s perfect lob capped what turned out to be an emphatic win.
With Beckham and British royalty watching on, the hosts joined Senegal atop Group A with four points to eliminate the UAE. Uruguay has three points.
Japan 1, Morocco 0
NEWCASTLE, England — Kensuke Nagai scored a late goal to give Japan a 1-0 win over Morocco and a spot in the quarterfinals.
Nagai collected a long ball in the 84th minute as Morocco goalkeeper Mohamed Amsif charged off his line. The striker then sent a shot over Amsif’s head and into an empty net.
Morocco had a late chance to equalize, but forward Zakaria Labyad’s shot from close range was blocked.
Japan leads Group D with six points while Morocco is…