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Chelsea marksman does the business for Team GB

PARTY TIME: Goal scorer Daniel Sturride is congratulated by Scott Sinclair

THE TEAM GB men’s football team recorded their second successive victory of the London 2012 Olympics with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium this evening.

The win takes Great Britain top of Group A with seven points, and sets up a quarter-final showdown with South Korea, in what is their best performance at an Olympics since the last time London hosted the Games in 1948.

Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half time. Joe Allen was the architect with a neat turn inside the penalty area before sliding a clever pass across the six-yard line leaving Sturridge with an easy tap in from two yards.

Jack Butland, 19, once again starred in goal and made a string of impressive saves to deny a spirited Uruguayan fight-back in the final 20 minutes, including a fine stop from a Luis Suarez free-kick deep into added time.

Welsh captain Aaron Ramsey was influential throughout, and spoke of his delight at the team’s progression.

"We are over the moon that we've won, Uruguay had some good quality,” he said. “We've come so far, so quickly as a team. We were under pressure for the last 20 minutes, but now we're looking forward to the quarter finals."

"It's good we get to stay in Cardiff. The crowd support was magnificent, especially as I'm Welsh. We're delighted with topping the group," he added.

Manager Stuart Pearce was also happy with the result, and said it was important that his side topped the group.

"It was situation where it was effectively them or us, it was a knockout,” he said. “Overall I am delighted, we beat a very good Uruguay side 1-0. We have to check everyone is okay now and prepare them for the next game.

"I thought we played some outstanding football, especially in the first half. Second half we tired and they came into the game. They have some outstanding players in the offensive half of their team so I was pleased we did not concede a goal," he added.

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