Great Britain 1 Senegal 1

Ryan Giggs

Great Bri­tain 1 Seneg­al 1, Old Traf­ford, Olympic Mat­ch, Ju­ly 26, 2012. Ry­an Gig­gs hit out at ref­er­ee Ravshan Irmatov fol­low­ing Great Britain´s dis­ap­point­ing 1-1 draw wi­th Seneg­al. The hosts took the lead cour­tesy of a goal by Craig Bel­lamy in the 20th min­ute, on­ly for The Li­ons of Ter­anga to level the score wi­th on­ly eight min­utes left thanks to Moussa Konate.

The men’s foot­ball tour­na­ment star­ted be­fore the open­ing ce­re­mon­ies as it was held in Car­diff, Cov­entry, Glas­gow, Lon­don, Man­chester, and New­castle from the 26th of Ju­ly to the 11th of Au­gust. At Old Traf­ford, Great Bri­tain played at­tack­ing foot­ball from the start ag­ainst Seneg­al, but the Sene­g­alese play­ers used every trick in the book to try and pre­vent Stu­art Pearce´s te­am from scor­ing dur­ing the ga­me. In the af­ter­math, Man­chester United´s Ry­an Gig­gs, who was one of the three over-age play­ers se­lec­ted for Great Bri­tain to com­pete at the 2012 Sum­mer Olympics, ac­cused the mat­ch of­fi­cial of giv­ing no pro­tec­tion to the ho­me si­de in their open­ing clash ag­ainst Ab­doukarime Diouf´s men. Ry­an Gig­gs: “All you want is a bit of pro­tec­tion. You don’t want any­one to get sent off, but there were a few naughty chal­lenges in there, a few of our lads are prob­ably strug­gling for the Uni­ted Ar­ab Emir­ates on Sunday now, which is dis­ap­point­ing when you on­ly have eight­een play­ers to choose from. I don’t know how many fouls Sa­d­io Mane had, but in a Pre­miership ga­me he would prob­ably have be­en sent off three times.” Great Bri­tain Te­am: Jack But­land, Micah Richards, Ste­ven Caulk­er, Neil Tay­lor, Ry­an Ber­trand, Tom Clev­er­ley, Craig Bel­lamy, Joe Al­len, Dan­iel Stur­ridge, Dan­ny Rose, Ry­an Gig­gs. Sub­stitutes: Craig Dawson, Ja­mes Tomkins, Jack Cork, Aar­on Ram­sey, Scott Sin­clair, Mar­vin Sor­dell, Ja­son Steele. Seneg­al Te­am: Ous­mane Mane, Pa­pe Sou­are, Sali­ou Ciss, Ab­doulaye Ba, Papa Gueye, Za­rgo Tou­re, Moussa Kon­ate, Sa­d­io Mane, Mo­hamed Dia­me, Id­rissa Gueye, Ibrahi­ma Balde. Sub­stitutes: Cheik­hou Kouyate, Kara Mbodj, Ibrahi­ma Seck, Kal­idou Yero, Magaye Gueye, Stephane Badji, Papa Demba Camara.


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