Olympic Soccer Results 2012: Updated Standings After 2 Group Games
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Many people don't realize that Olympic soccer started days before the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in order to play every game in time. Teams are already two games in, heading into a third this week.
In case you didn't know, here are the updated standings after two group games:
1. Great Britain: 4 points
2. Senegal: 4 points
3. Uruguay: 3 points
4. United Arab Emirates: 0 points
Senegal and Great Britain are tied with four points. They also tied each other in their opening game. What looked like a disappointing result for Great Britain may actually turn into a solid result after watching Senegal take down gold-medal contenders Uruguay.
Uruguay isn't done yet, however. With Great Britain on the schedule in the last game, all it has to do is win that game to advance to the quarterfinals.
It will be a tough challenge against the home side, but Uruguay is loaded with talent capable of knocking off Great Britain.
1. Mexico: 4 points
2. Korea: 4 points
3. Switzerland: 1 point
4. Gabon: 1 point
Mexico has the best team in Group B. After failing to pick up three points in the opener against Korea, it was important for Mexico to take care of business against Gabon, the weakest team in the group.
The Mexicans did just that in a 2-0 victory.
Mexico playing Gabon in the second game will be the difference-maker in the tournament. Not only was it a game to get the team's swagger back, but it was a game that told Mexico that it can put the ball in the back of the net.
That was something the team failed to do in the opener against Korea.
1. Brazil: 6 point
2. Belarus: 4 point
3. Egypt: 1 point
4. New Zealand: 1 point
Neymar and Oscar have been outstanding for Brazil through two games. They have scored or played a role with every goal (six) through two convincing victories.
Oscar is making Chelsea fans gush over his abilities on the field. He may be benefiting from playing aside Neymar, but he has been extremely aggressive through two games. He recorded more shots than the entire Belarus team Sunday.
Neymar's on-ball ability is absurd. He's creative, flashy and has a goal-scoring touch. Brazil is not only the team to beat in Group C, it's the team to beat in the Summer Olympics.
1. Japan: 6 points
2. Honduras: 4 points
3. Morocco: 1 point
4. Spain: 0 points
Japan's story is nice, and Honduras is equal, but the main story in Group D is Spain. The Spaniards have been an absolute disaster at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and that is mostly because of the talent they brought to the field.
Most of Spain's stars are at home watching their country get flat-out embarrassed by teams like Japan and Honduras. Yes, Spain, the same side that won the World Cup in 2010 and European Championships in 2008 and 2012, lost to Japan and Honduras without scoring a goal.
That's what happens when the best in your country don't participate in the Olympics. NBA commissioner David Stern should take note.
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