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TEAM GB SURVIVED SENEGAL SCARE IN THE OLYMPICS

By Emmanuel Penzie

Yesterday 26th July witnessed the first matches of the men Olympic football tournament, at different venues across the United Kingdom. Senegal who displayed a high sense of confidence and tenacity, levelled their deficit with just 8 minutes to go.

The game kicked off at 8 pm, in front of 75,000 bubbling team GB fans in high expectation. The game started with both teams playing cautiously to avoid any expensive mistakes. It was team GB that took the lead in the 20th minute through Craig Bellamy when Ryan Giggs's free kick fell in his path and beautifully slotted home the opener for team GB.

The goal did not deter the Senegales, as they kept playing and creating more chances but did not get the reward they deserved, until Moussa Konate's goal brought them to level terms with 8 minutes remaining. Team GB was painfully denied a goal by the cross bar just few minutes after the equaliser, but it was the Senegales who looked more composed and dangerous with their surging attacks.

Team GB made 5 efforts at goal with Senegal making 17 to prove that they can be worthy adversary to any team in the tournament. Team GB will be facing UAE on Sunday who lost 2-1 to Uruguay earlier at the same venue.

Emmanuel Penzie

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