Great Britain vs. Senegal Olympic Soccer: Score, Twitter Reaction and Analysis

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Great Britain vs. Senegal Olympic Soccer: Score, Twitter Reaction and Analysis

Great Britain's first Olympic game in 52 years ended in disappointing fashion on Thursday, as the host country tied with Senegal, 1-1, in the 2012 London Olympics.

The tie didn't come without its fair share of controversy, however. Throughout the match, Senegal was particularly aggressive in its tackling, and Craig Bellamy was taken down hard just outside the penalty box later in the game, but received a no-call.

Still, Senegal had plenty of chances against a suspect British defense, and Moussa Konate eventually took advantage of an opportunity in the 82nd minute.

Senegal got off 16 shots against Great Britain (nine on goal), while the British only got off three (two on goal), with Bellamy capitalizing in the 20th minute, per FIFA.com.

Senegal, largely considered to be in the middle of the pack headed into London, was whistled for 16 fouls and handed three yellow cards. Some may say the team should have been given even harsher penalties.

Nonetheless, it goes down as one point in Great Britain's first group-stage match in Group A. 

 

Twitter Reaction

As you can imagine, this match ignited plenty of Twitter reaction on Thursday.

Andy Hunt, British Olympics Association CEO and chef de mission for Team GB, tweeted before the match:

 

Speaking of Team GB, the term itself had more than a few folks scratching their heads, including Muse bassist and big-time football fan Chris Wolstenholme:

 

As for the match, Great Britain may have jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but Daily Mirror chief sports writer Oliver Holt wasn't particularly impressed:

 

The crowd at the stadium reflected the rather mundane beginnings. Comedy writer/producer Simon Blackwell may have said it best:

 

Football fan Liverpool_lou cracked a rather hilarious joke:

 

Football Live tweeted what practically everyone was thinking throughout the match:

 

After Bellamy was tackled hard later in the game, no red card was given. The no-call may have had a big impact on the game, as James Tyler of ESPN noted:

 

 

Deciding Factor: Great Britain's Defense

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I'm going to stop short of blaming everything on the referees. Yes, their game-calling was questionable at best, but the fact of the matter is Great Britain allowed Senegal close to the net on numerous occasions, and Senegal could have easily scored more than one goal in the match.

 

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Game MVP: Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy was all over the pitch throughout the match, and, beyond his goal, he should have drawn a late foul/red card against Senegal, which may have seen Great Britain put the game away for good.

 

What's Next

Great Britain plays UA Emirates on Sunday, while Senegal faces Uruguay in Group A play.

 

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