Team GB's first Olympic campaign in more than 50 years got underway with a 1-1 draw with Senegal at Old Trafford.
Craig Bellamy had given the home team a first-half lead only for Moussa Konate to level for the African side eight minutes from time.
The result was not ideal for winning over those who are ambivalent towards supporting a joint-British team, and it puts them in a precarious position in their group, too. However, it was at least an improvement on the performance Team GB put in against Brazil on Sunday when they lost the friendly 2-0.
Here are half a dozen things that manager Stuart Pearce will have learned from his first competitive game in charge of Team GB.