Day 1 Results - 2012 Men's Soccer @ 2012 London Olympics


Rafael da Silva, Brazil and Manchester United

Day 1 Results - 2012 Men's Soccer @ 2012 London Olympics

Brazil 3-2 Egypt

Rafael da Silva opened the scoring in the 16th minute, Leandro Damiao scored another goal in the 26th and Neymar scored again in the 30th to give Brazil a comfortable halftime lead After the half, Egypt delivered goals by captain Mohamed Aboutrika in the 52nd and substitute Mohamed Salah in the 76th.

Brazil leads Group C along with Belarus, which beat New Zealand 1-0 in Coventry.

"We got what we needed in the opening match, and that was the victory," Brazil coach Mano Menezes said. "We built our result with a very good performance in the first half but we couldn't repeat it in the second, in part because Egypt improved and in part because of our own mistakes."

Man United's Rafael scored the first goal with an assist by newly signed Chelsea footballer, Oscar - who also set up the second goal.

"We showed our quality in the first half," Rafael said. "We weren't able to keep playing as well but in the end it was a good result."

"We got off on the right foot," Oscar said. "The first match is always hard but we have to be proud of what we did in the first half."

Neymar then scored after finding Hulk open.

Egypt's Aboutrika scored off a rebound, followed by a second goal by Salah into the left corner.

"If we hadn't the mistakes in the first half maybe we could've had a better result at the end, but that's football, we will have to learn from it," Egypt coach Hany Ramzy said. "I'm proud of my team, especially in the second half."

The match was played in front of 27,000 pro-Brazil fans at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Brazil will play its second match against Belarus on Sunday. Egypt will face New Zealand the same day.

Senegal 1-1 Great Britain

Senegal's Moussa Konate scored late in the second half giving Senegal a 1-1 tie against host Britain. Britain's Craig Bellamy scored in the first half. Senegal scored in the 81st minute when Konate chipped past goalie Butland. The match was played in front of a near capacity crowd at Old Trafford. Only Welsh and English players are represented on Team GB.

Britain next plays United Arab Emirates, which lost against Uruguay earlier Thursday, on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

Japan 1-0 Spain

Japan's Yuki Otsu scored in the first half in thier 1-0 win over 10-man Spain. Otsu tapped a shot past goalkeeper David de Gea.

Uruguay 2-1 UAE

Substitute Nicolas Lodeiro scored in the second half to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over the UAE in men's Olympic soccer  on Thursday. Playing in front of a near capacity crowd at Old Trafford Stadium, the Emirates took the lead in the 23rd minute. Emirates captain Ismaeil Matar scored when he got around the goalkeeper. Then four minutes before the break, Uruguay's Gaston Ramirez scored on a free kick. Lodeiro came on for the second half and converted in the 55th minute..

"The team still needs to work on fitness. With the entrance of Lodeiro in the second half, we gained control and possession, but we still have work to do," coach Oscar Tabarez said. The Emirates plays host Britain next.

"It was a high-level game," Matar said. "If you get a chance, you have to finish that chance."

Gabon 1-1 Switzerland

Gabon settled for a 1-1 Group B draw against Switzerland. Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi converted an early penalty kick. Gabon tied it in the 45th minute with a goal by Pierre Aubameyang. Switzerland's Oliver Buff was shown his second yellow card in the 78th dramatically going down under.

South Korea 0-0 Mexico

South Korea and Mexico opened Group B soccer at the Olympics with a 0-0 draw Thursday.

"We expected a game like this," Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena said. "We never thought it would be easy. I think it was a fair result."

Mexico plays Gabon on Sunday, while South Korea faces Switzerland.

Belarus 1-0 New Zealand

Belarus' Dmitry Baga scored in the first half to them a 1-0 win over New Zealand in their Group C opener at City of Coventry Stadium. Belarus faces tournament favorite Brazil on Sunday in its second game of the group stage. New Zealand plays Egypt.

Honduras 2-2 Morocco

Morocco settled for a 2-2 draw against Honduras in the Group D opener at the Olympics on Thursday.

Morocco opened the scoring in the 39th minute when Abdelaziz Barrada converted a superb volley. Then Morocco's Zakarya Bergdich received a straight red card in the 71st minute for kicking Mario Martinez. Jerry Bengtson scored in the 56th minute, putting Central American team in front with a penalty kick nine minutes later. Then Morocco forward Zakaria Labyad scored to bring them even.

Honduras plays Spain next, while Morocco takes on Japan. Both matches are in Newcastle on Sunday.

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