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  • July 29, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: R. García Orozco
  • • Attendance: 85137

Live Commentary

  • See you for the next Great Britain game against Uruguay. Goodnight.
  • Spain have just been knocked out themselves and Uruguay could potentially be knocked out, so Great Britain could well have a chance to win the tournament. They may meet favourites Brazil though.
  • Great Britain will go through if they avoid defeat against Uruguay. UAE are out of the tournament but could still play a part over who finishes top of the group.
  • Full-time: Great Britain 3-1 UAE
  • 90' + 1'
    Allen attempts one from just outside the box but he slices his shot wide.
  • 88'
    Abdulrahman tries one from distance again but the ball goes wide once more.
  • 86'
    Great Britain are now keeping the ball between themselves as they look to see this one out.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionCraig Bellamy Jack Cork
  • 83'
    Craig Bellamy leaves the field to a standing ovation and rightly so. He has been terrific tonight. Jack Cork is his replacement.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Omar Abdulrahman
  • 80'
    Abdulrahman cuts in from out wide but his shot was always rising.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionKhamis Ismaeel Habib Fardan
  • 77'
    It was 52 seconds between Sinclair coming on and scoring.
  • 76'
    Assist Tom Cleverley
  • 76'
    Goal Daniel Sturridge
    Goal!!! Two goal in two minutes and what a fantastic finish it was. Counter attacking at its finest. Cleverley plays a long through ball between two defenders and Sturridge runs onto it and chips a delightful finish over Khaseif.
  • 73'
    Goal Scott Sinclair
    Goal!!! Scott Sinclair with his first touch after coming on for Giggs. Ramsey finds Bellamy on the right-hand side. His cross into the box is palmed to Sinclair who taps into an open goal.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionRyan Giggs Scott Sinclair
  • 72'
    SubstitutionIsmail Matar Ahmed Al Abri
  • 69'
    Khalil gets the ball back from Abdulrahman who then forces a fine save at Butland's near post.
  • 67'
    Jack Butland has to go sprawling as he is not too sure about the shot back into the box by Eisa. Great Britain are completely against the ropes.
  • 64'
    UAE play pinball in Great Britain's box with Abdulrahman getting the best chance away as the tide is slowly turning the other way.
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Khamis Ismaeel
  • 60'
    Assist Omar Abdulrahman
  • 60'
    Goal Rashid Essa
    Goal!!! Eisa bursts through unchallenged after picking up a through ball and confidently places the ball in the back of the net. Game on.
  • 57'
    Allen does have the chance to have a shot but it is well blocked.
  • 56'
    Sturridge and Bellamy force Khaseif into saves. Firstly, the Chelsea man tries to curl one into the corner before the Welshman gets his cross saved.
  • 55'
    Bellamy has been brilliant down that side. This time he opts to shoot when Joe Allen would have been a better option.
  • 52'
    Sturridge has been full of running since coming on and Khaseif does well to save. From the clearance, Khalil hits a piledriver that catches the outside of Butland's post. UAE are getting closer to an equaliser.
  • 51'
    SubstitutionAbdelaziz Husain Saad Surour
  • 50'
    Khalil has a shot that is initially blocked and his second attempt goes wide.
  • 49'
    Hussain runs on with the ball and tries one from distance. Butland watches it sail harmlessly wide.
  • 48'
    Bellamy intercepted a through ball, plays Sturridge in early, he plays it back to the Welshman but Khaseif gets down well to block the cross.
  • 48'
    Bellamy intercepted a through ball, plays Sturridge in early, he plays it back to the Welshman but Khaseif gets down well to block the cross.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMarvin Sordell Daniel Sturridge
  • 46'
    Daniel Sturridge comes on for Marvin Sordell as UAE get us back underway.
  • If the second-half is as good as the first, this should be a great watch.
  • UAE should have had a penalty early on in the half but the referee gave away a corner.
  • A special mention must go to Tom Cleverley too. He has been unlucky with injuries in the past season or so and it is great to see him back playing so well. He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with his shot coming back of both posts.
  • The hosts have been nothing short of dominant in the first-half. The Welsh contingent have been playing out of their skin as Great Britain take a comfortable 1-0 lead into the break.
  • Half-time: Great Britain 1-0 UAE
  • 44'
    How did that not go in? Bellamy runs down that left-hand side again, plays Cleverley in again and his first time shot hits the inside of the right-hand post before bouncing of the left-hand side post and comes back out. Unfortunate.
  • 43'
    Taylor blocks fantastically well. If he failed to get in first UAE would have equalised.
  • 42'
    Richards earns a free-kick which is taken quickly. Cleverley is the only one awake to the move and the goalkeeper does superbly.
  • 39'
    The Welsh trio of Giggs, Bellamy and Ramsey are running the show here. The former puts a cross into the box and Richards heads towards goal. Khaseif saves brilliantly but he was offside.
  • 37'
    Cleverley scoops his shot way over the bar as Bellamy looks on. The Welshman looked a shade disappointed he never received a pass.
  • 36'
    Bellamy is doing his fair share of tracking back and is filling in for Taylor at left-back. He then sprinted the entire length of the field to get on the end of a pass but his shot is well blocked by Khaseif.
  • 33'
    Ramsey plays in Marvin Sordell who turns two defenders inside out before unleashing a shot from the edge of the box which Khaseif gets down well to tip behind for a corner.
  • 32'
    Khalil gets a shot away after an interception from Neil Taylor but it is blocked and the ball is cleared.
  • 31'
    Great Britain have taken to building from the back as the play slows down for the first time in the half.
  • 28'
    UAE almost through with their first real chances in a while, a clever backheel is almost picked up by Khalil before Esmaeel unleashes a rocket from 25 yards out that Butland was not too sure about. The ball just flew over the bar.
  • 25'
    Tom Cleverley cleverly nips in between two players to reach Richards' through ball but just fails to get on the end of it.
  • 22'
    Aaron Ramsey is taken out on the right-hand side and Giggs stand over the free-kick but is headed clear by Al-Kamali.
  • 20'
    Bellamy and Giggs are running this. The latter swings in a cross, aiming for Sordell but the defence stand firm.
  • 16'
    Assist Craig Bellamy
  • 16'
    Goal Ryan Giggs
    Goal!!! This one has been coming. Started and finished by Ryan Giggs. He runs through the defence, plays it to Tom Cleverley, who in turn passes wide to Bellamy. He takes a touch, looks up and crosses to Giggs who heads home across the goalkeeper.
  • 14'
    Bellamy with another delightful run down the left-hand side finds Giggs put his shot-cum-through ball fizzes out of play.
  • 11'
    Ryan Giggs floats are free-kick in and Richards heads on to Craig Bellamy but the Welshman overstretched and he could not get his shot away as he would have intended.
  • 9'
    UAE are playing some lovely short passes between Stuart Pearce's men. It's like watching Barcelona at times.
  • 8'
    Rashed Eisa is bundled over in the box but the referee waves away protests. From the corner, Micah Richards has to stand firm to head Eisa's shot away.
  • 6'
    A long ball over the top aiming is easily claimed by Jack Butland, as he gets a first touch on the ball early on.
  • 4'
    Good early passing by Great Britain almost carves out an opening but Marvin Sordell's wayward pass goes straight through to the goalkeeper.
  • 1'
    We're away and Great Britain almost get in straightaway but the ball between the legs of the UAE defence comes to nothing.
  • As for UAE, a win against Great Britain would be vital to qualify but they would have to beat group leaders Senegal to guarantee safe passage.
  • A draw would not be the worst result in the world, providing they win against Uruguay but a defeat would make it almost impossible for them to qualify for the next round.
  • With Senegal victorious against Uruguay earlier on today, a win for Great Britain will take them joint top with the Africans. This would make the match against the South Americans a winner takes all game.
  • UAE team news: Khaseif, Ahmad, Al-Kamali, Sanqour, Hussain, Abdulrahman, Esmaeel, Abdulrahman, Eisa, Matar, Khalil
  • Great Britain: Butland; Richards, Caulker, Tomkins, Taylor; Cleverley, Ramsey, Allen, Giggs; Bellamy, Sordell
  • Good evening and welcome to Great Britain v UAE. Stuart Pearce's men must win tonight to stand a chance of qualifying for the next stage. Team news to follow.