World champions Spain crashed out of the Olympic football tournament on Sunday after they lost 1-0 to Honduras at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.
Jerry Bengtson’s seventh-minute header was all that separated the sides in a stunning victory for the Central Americans that meant Spain is virtually out of contention for qualifying from Group D, following its opening defeat to Japan.
Bengtson scored when he rose high to power in Roger Espinoza’s driven cross past Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
In the other result, a Ryan Giggs goal and two second-half goals from substitutes Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge proved crucial as Great Britain beat United Arab Emirates 3-1 to move within a point of qualifying for the last eight at London 2012.
Brazil came from behind to beat Belarus 3-1 at Old Trafford, courtesy a stunning second-half free-kick and a last-minute assist from Neymar. The favourites for the gold medal had gone behind inside nine minutes when Renan Bressan popped up to put Belarus into a shock lead. But Pato levelled the scores six minutes later when he headed home.
Brazil continued to press and was rewarded in the 65th minute when Santos star Neymar showed why he is so highly rated and curled a free-kick into the top corner to put his side ahead. The winger wasn’t done though and finished off Belarus with a wonderful backheeled assist in the final minute, which new Chelsea signing Oscar sent into the net with ease.
Egypt on the other hand drew 1-1 with New Zealand at Old Trafford after wasting several chances. Egypt fell behind to a 16th minute strike from West Brom’s Chris Wood, but Mohamed Salah equalised from close-range at the end of the first half.
Egypt had to settle for a draw and will have to beat Belarus on Wednesday to qualify for the quarter-finals, while New Zealand will have to beat the South American side to progress from Group C.
Kim Bo-kyung earned South Korea a 2-1 win over Switzerland at the City of Coventry Stadium. Park Chu-young put Korea in front only for Switzerland to hit back immediately through Innocent Emeghara. It was left to Cardiff’s Kim to be the hero, dispatching a deflected cross to put Korea level on points with Group B leaders Mexico.
Kensuke Nagai grabbed the only goal – six minutes from time – as Japan closed in on a place in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Morocco.