Sturridge seals quarter-final spot for Britain
Britain 1 Uruguay 0:Britain’s men followed the women into the Olympic quarter-finals as Daniel Sturridge netted the only goal against Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Stuart Pearce’s men opted not to follow the lead of those discredited badminton players by trying to engineer a result that would keep them out of Brazil’s way until the final.
Instead, should they come through a last-eight meeting with South Korea in Cardiff on Saturday evening, they will face the hot favourites at Old Trafford next Tuesday.
Had Gaston Ramirez’s injury-time effort not rattled the bar, they would have avoided that fate.
Sturridge’s goal was the least they deserved from yet another encouraging display, which maintained improvement from previous matches.
The Chelsea man has now scored two in two games, a fact the watching Roy Hodgson, whose England team take on Italy in a fortnight, cannot help but have noticed.