OLYMPICS – Team GB vs South Korea

People were unsure whether a football team made up of players from across Great Britain would ever work or succeed but this was put to test as they made it into the Quarter Finals of the Men’s Olympic Football being held at Cardiff’s Millennium stadium on Saturday 4th August, 2012.
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea

Prior to kick-off the ever changing weather poured down with a massive storm but this wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of over 71,000 spectators whom had turned up from across Great Britain and from across the World.
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea

The majority of fans seemed to be families from England and Wales with small pockets of Korean supporters dotted around the stadium – which created a half decent atmosphere for what many believed wasn’t a ‘proper team’ to support.
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OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea

DJ Spoony was the ‘compere’ on the PA system and tried whisking the crowd up into a frenzy by asking portions of the crowd to cheer from Cardiff, Swansea, England and Korea! Then it was time for both teams to enter the pitch and sing the National Anthems.

I was quite surprised how rousing this version of God Save The Queen was with loads of people joining in and actually knowing the words!
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OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
Players from each team exchanged handshakes before Team GB’s Aaron Ramsay and Daniel Sturridge got proceedings underway.

Mexican waves rippled around the stadium and chants of ‘Team Gee Bee’ engulfed the near capacity stadium.

Only a few minutes in an awkward fall for Kim Chang-Soo left him with a wrist injury and was replaced by Oh Jae-Suk.

OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
Korea went 1 – 0 up in the 29th minute after Dong Wo Ji smashed a shot into the far corner halfway up the net from the left corner of the box – but Butland was to blame as it went through his fists with little defence being offered by Team GB.
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Bertrand shot from the centre of the box but the ball struck the arm of sub Oh Jae-Suk as he dived to block. It was upto Cardiff-born Aaron Ramsay to score from the penalty to bring it to 1 – 1 in the 36th minute.
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OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
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Within a few minutes Sturridge was then fouled in the box and another penalty opportunity for Ramsay but it was saved by goalkeeper Sungryon Jung.
Craig Bellamy captained the Great Britain team and always seemed to be near where the action was – even if it was just airing his views to the referee!
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
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Prior to this match Cardiff City had signed Korean footballer Kim Bok Yung and it was his first taste of the footballing experience in his new home City. Unfortunately he didn’t get to play but there was a lot of support just watching him from the sidelines.

Both sides emerged for the second period with a more cautious mindset, as if the fact a semi-final place was at stake had just dawned on them, although Tom Cleverley was unfortunate not to give Team GB the lead on 49 minutes when Craig Bellamy’s excellent cross somehow managed to evade him at the near post.

One piece of play worth mentioning is when Cleverley delivered the ball and Micah Richards challenged, but it ricocheted off him via the goalkeeper and out of play for a goal-kick. The frame of the Manchester City right-back (playing in the centre here) collided with keeper Jung Sung-Ryong and both players went down hurt.

OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea

Within minutes of this incident the 2010 World Cup keeper Jung Sung-Ryong was forced off and replaced by Lee Bum-Young. (You would change your name if you lived in the Western world wouldnt you?)

Korea seemed to be more clinical throughout and threatened a bit more than Team GB but failed from their set pieces and couldn’t even get a decent corner kick or throw in accurately!
 
Whereas Team GB seemed to play together a bit better than in previous games but were still lacking upfront with only a few attacks and the odd shot at goal.
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Cardiff-born Ryan Giggs began warming up pitchside whilst the crowd began chanting “Get Giggs On, Get Giggs On” – there were also small outbursts of “Get Beckham On, Get Beckham On!”

As the time ticked away and extra time beckoned with only minutes left on the clock Team GB Manager Stuart Pearce substituted Captain Craig Bellamy for Ryan Giggs to a raptuous applause from the whole stadium. The Manchester United veteran proved unable to create a decisive breakthrough and the match ended 1 – 1 – resulting in the game going into extra time and two more halves of 15 minutes each way.
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The Korea team seemed to take the few minutes break as an opportunity to rest, stretch and take on fluids whereas Team GB seemed to mooch without any plan about before extra time began.

Not much too action in extra time with the inevitable penalties around the corner. Danny Rose was replaced by Scott Sinclair – but it should have happened earlier?
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In the second half of extra time substitute keeper, Lee Bum-Young, barely tested if at all by Team GB, was booked for time-wasting over the goal-kick. He looked a bit perplexed at the booking!!!
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OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
And then the extra time was all over and penalties beckoned!
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TEAM GB 1-0 KOREA
– Aaron Ramsay slammed it in.

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TEAM GB 1-1 KOREA
– South Korea skipper Koo Ja-Cheol sends Butland the wrong way.

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TEAM GB 2-1 KOREA
– Lee Bum-Young gets a hand to it but the ball is in from Cleverley.

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TEAM GB 2-2 KOREA
– All level as South Korean Baek Sung-Dong scores.

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TEAM GB 3-2 KOREA
– Dawson finishes his kick to put Team GB back ahead.

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TEAM GB 3-3 KOREA
– Hwang Seok-Ho in off the bar for 3-3.

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TEAM GB 4-3 KOREA
– Ryan Giggs belts it in!

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TEAM GB 4-4 KOREA
– Park Jong-Woo makes no mistake.

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TEAM GB 4-4 KOREA
– Englishman Daniel Sturridge missed the crucial penalty.

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TEAM GB 4-5 KOREA
– Ki Sung-Yueng scores to put South Korea through to the Semi Final.

OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea
OLYMPICS-Team GB v South Korea

Daniel Sturridge’s missed penalty proved decisive as Team GB were defeated in the shootout by South Korea after this tight and tense clash at the Millennium Stadium. At least all the Welshmen got their penalties!

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