Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
August 2, 2012 4:45 AM EST
Millennium Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ Y. Nishimura‎
Attendance:‬ 70438‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Team GB 1-0 Uruguay

Stuart Pearce's men booked their place in the Olympic quarter-finals as group winners after a narrow but fairly convincing win over their lacklustre South American opponents

By Liam Twomey at the Millennium Stadium

  • Jack Butland
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jack Butland

    Had little in the way of saves to make in the first half, but made a couple of superb stops to deny a resurgent Suarez in the second. Commanded his area reasonably well, but his kicking left a little to be desired.

  • Neil Taylor
    1
    1
    2.50

    Neil Taylor

    Out of position at right-back, he exhibited a Swansea-like level of calm on the ball. On this evidence, however, his tackling and defensive positioning are weaknesses better teams than Uruguay may exploit.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    4
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Linked up well with former Chelsea team-mate Sinclair down the left flank, and his recovery pace meant he was rarely exposed defensively.

  • Steven Caulker
    2
    1
    3.50

    Steven Caulker

    Comfortable in possession and read the game well without having to make too many last-ditch challenges. His combination of elegance, intelligence and physicality brings to mind a young Rio Ferdinand.

  • Micah Richards
    5
    1
    3.50

    Micah Richards

    Shifted into the centre from his usual right-back berth to help shut down the Uruguayans' formidable attacking threat and, for the most part, did just that.

  • Tom Cleverley
    4
    1
    3.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Combined nicely with Ramsey and Allen to help his side keep the ball for long enough to craft dangerous attacks, providing the energy and drive to complement their guile.

  • Joe Allen
    6
    1
    4.00

    Joe Allen

    The most impressive player on the pitch by a fairly wide margin. Instinctively found space, always made the right decision and kept hold of the ball as if it owed him money. It's easy to see why Liverpool are so interested.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    2
    1
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Thrived in a more advanced role than the one he is used to at Arsenal, bringing Sinclair and Bellamy into play with enough regularity to keep Uruguay's full-backs pinned in their own half.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    7
    0
    3.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    His tendency to drop deep caused problems for both teams - English football is not quite ready for a 'false nine' - but he was in the right position when it mattered to touch home Allen's pass.

  • Craig Bellamy
    1
    1
    3.50

    Craig Bellamy

    His simple willingness to get to the byline and cross yielded some of Team GB's best chances, and his dribbling was generally more effective than that of Sinclair.

  • Scott Sinclair
    0
    1
    3.00

    Scott Sinclair

    His pace and direct running gave Aguirregaray problems all evening, but aside from playing in Allen during the build-up to the first goal, his work too often lacked an end product.

Substitutions

  • Danny Rose
    0
    1

    Danny Rose

    Replaced Bellamy with 12 minutes to go to help out defensively, and did just that.

  • Craig Dawson
    0
    0

    Craig Dawson

    Replaced Sturridge with seconds left.

  • Jack Cork
    0
    0

    Jack Cork

    Replaced Sinclair very late on.

  • M. Campaña
    0
    1
    3.00

    M. Campaña

    Not tested by Team GB as often as he should have been, and could do nothing about Sturridge's opener.

  • R. Arias
    0
    1
    2.00

    R. Arias

    Bellamy looked to have the beating of him whenever the urge seized him, and he contributed little going forward.

  • Sebastián Coates
    0
    2
    2.50

    Sebastián Coates

    Looked a threat from attacking set-pieces but his lack of pace was exposed by Sturridge on numerous occasions.

  • Alexis Rolín
    0
    1
    2.00

    Alexis Rolín

    Struggled to deal with Sturridge's blend of pace, skill and movement, and didn't really lend all that much help to Aguirregaray at right-back in order to deal with Sinclair either.

  • M. Aguirregaray
    0
    1
    2.50

    M. Aguirregaray

    Troubled by Sinclair's pace throughout, he did at least restrict the Swansea man to just one moment of substance when he fed Allen for the first goal. Unfortunately it wasn't enough.

  • G. Ramírez
    0
    2
    2.50

    G. Ramírez

    His free-kicks were ear-marked as one of the biggest threats to Team GB's hopes, but he rarely had Stuart Pearce's men worried in open play or at dead-ball situations. Almost redeemed himself when he hit the woodwork in the dying moments.

  • Diego Martín Rodríguez
    0
    1
    2.00

    Diego Martín Rodríguez

    Out-thought and out-passed by a superior British midfield - whoever thought those words would ever be true? - his impact on proceedings was minimal.

  • E. Arévalo
    0
    1
    2.50

    E. Arévalo

    Battled hard and showed plenty of energy, but aside from launching a couple of decent counterattacks, he accomplished little more than Rodriguez.

  • Edinson Cavani
    0
    2
    3.00

    Edinson Cavani

    Once again showcased his underrated work ethic, but was provided with little in the way of chances and often found himself shunted out to the flanks in search of the ball.

  • Luis Suárez
    0
    1
    2.50

    Luis Suárez

    Endured a torrid first half, much to the delight of the home crowd. Improved after the break but, while his movement and industry were first-class, his finishing was typically poor.

  • Tabaré Viudez
    0
    1
    2.00

    Tabaré Viudez

    Was the least effective of Uruguay's front three, and it was no surprise when he was withdrawn with half an hour remaining.

Substitutions

  • N. Lodeiro
    0
    1
    2.50

    N. Lodeiro

    Came on with half an hour to go, charged with finding the spark to bring his side back into the game, but he couldn't provide it.

Results
Matchday 3
Times In EST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Leandro Damião Leandro Damião
Striker
Santos
6 0
Moussa Konaté Moussa Konaté
Striker
Genoa
5 0
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Striker
Santos Laguna
4 0
Giovani dos Santos Giovani dos Santos
Striker
Villarreal
3 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 1