Great Britain 3 Emirates 1

Ryan Giggs

Great Bri­tain 3 Uni­ted Ar­ab Emir­ates 1, Wemb­ley Sta­dium, Olympic Mat­ch, Ju­ly 29, 2012. Te­am Great Bri­tain over­came the Uni­ted Ar­ab Emir­ates by 3-1 in front of a crowd of over 85,000 people at Wemb­ley thanks to goals by Ry­an Gig­gs, Dan­iel Stur­ridge, and Scott Sin­clair. Stu­art Pearce´s si­de now had four points from their fir­st two group mat­ches and would pro­gress thro­ugh to the Olympic Quart­er-Fi­nals if they avoided de­feat ag­ainst Uruguay.

Te­am Great Bri­tain entered the clash on the back of a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Seneg­al, whi­le the Uni­ted Ar­ab Emir­ates had suf­fered a 2-1 de­feat ag­ainst Ur­uguay in their pre­vi­ous ga­me. Liverpool´s Craig Bel­lamy cre­ated the fir­st goal of the Olympic fix­ture af­ter sev­en­teen min­utes of play when he sent a bril­liant cross which Man­chester Uni­ted vet­er­an Ry­an Gig­gs head­ed pa­st Uni­ted Ar­ab Emir­ates shot stop­per Ali Kha­seif and in­to the net. In the 60th min­ute of the en­counter, how­ever, Amer Ab­dulrah­man fou­nd Al Wasl mid­field play­maker Rashed Eisa who calmly slot­ted the ball pa­st goal­keeper Jack But­land to level the score for the Uni­ted Ar­ab Emir­ates. Then, in the 73rd min­ute, Te­am Great Bri­tain went in­to the lead for the sec­ond time in the mat­ch when the al­ways dan­ger­ous Bel­lamy ma­naged to set up Swansea City wing­er Scott Sin­clair who ham­mered ho­me from six yards out, and just three min­utes la­ter Chel­sea stri­ker Dan­iel Stur­ridge sealed the vic­tory for the hosts wi­th an ex­cel­lent lob. Great Bri­tain Te­am: Jack But­land, Neil Tay­lor, Ste­ven Caulk­er, Ja­mes Tomkins, Micah Richards, Mar­vin Sor­dell, Ry­an Gig­gs, Joe Al­len, Tom Clev­er­ley, Aar­on Ram­sey, Craig Bel­lamy. Sub­stitutes: Scott Sin­clair, Dan­iel Stur­ridge, Jack Cork. Uni­ted Ar­ab Emir­ates Te­am: Ali Khasif, Ab­dulaziz Hus­sain, Mo­hamed Ahmed, Ham­dan Al Kamali, Ahmed Khalil, Ab­delaziz San­qour, Amer Ab­dulrah­man, Kha­mis Es­maeel, Omar Ab­dulrah­man, Rashed Eisa, Is­mail Matar. Sub­stitutes: Habib Far­z­an, Saad Sur­our, Ahmed Ali.


Ryan Giggs Quickfacts

A ver­sat­ile wing­er wi­th ex­cep­tion­al drib­bling skills and an eye for goal as well, Ry­an Gig­gs ma­naged to col­lect an im­press­ive total of 64 seni­or caps for his na­tive Wales, notch­ing up twelve goals dur­ing the pro­cess. Gig­gs, who ini­tially an­nounced his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tion­al foot­ball at the end of 2006-07 sea­son, was with­out doubt one of the greatest play­ers ever to ap­pear for The Welsh Dragons.


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