Great Britain defeated the United Arab Emirates 3-1 in one of the tournament's most entertaining games to date. Ryan Giggs, Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge got on the score-sheet for Great Britain and Rashed Eisa scored for the United Arab Emirates.
Great Britain ends the second day of group stage games atop Group A based on goals scored. Senegal also has four points after they drew with Great Britain and beat Uruguay 2-0. Uruguay has three points after two matches and the United Arab Emirates has zero points.
United Arab Emirates Medal Odds: Eliminated
After failing to record a result against both Uruguay and Great Britain, the United Arab Emirates has been eliminated from the tournament. They will get a chance to close out their Olympic campaign with a result against Senegal.
They played a solid game against Great Britain and looked deserving of a draw after leveling the sides at 1-1 in the 60th minute. Rashed Eisa got on the end of a beautiful pass and completed his run by slotting the ball in the net past Jack Butland.
A Great Britain goal from Scott Sinclair 13 minutes later in the 73rd minute gave Britain the confidence they need to get another, and the United Arab Emirates didn't have enough to match.
Great Britain Medal Odds: Decent
Parity has been the theme of the tournament early on. Great Britain won't be a favorite to medal should they advance to the knockout stage, but they are definitely capable of the task.
Brazil is the far and away favorite to not only medal, but win the gold. Japan has looked strong with two wins in two matches. All others have either drawn or lost at least one game. Spain was a favorite coming into the tournament, but have been eliminated after losses to Japan and Honduras.
Against United Arab Emirates, Great Britain came out and improved their attacking, which was lacking throughout their first match against Senegal. As a team, they looked much sharper in possession, with their passing and in the final third.
Daniel Sturridge is a key to the squad's success and looked much more fit, playing the last 45 minutes of the match and finding the net for the third. With another two days before finishing group play against Uruguay, Sturridge will have more opportunity to get his fitness and fully recover from his illness.
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