Team GB make Olympics quarter-finals

Team GB have securely qualified for the Olympics football quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over Uruguay on Wednesday night.

Stuart Pearce’s side ensured victory through Daniel Sturridge’s first-half goal, which complements victory over UAE and a draw with Senegal.

Pearce felt that the victory complemented improved performances throughout the competition by Great Britain.

“Today has been a fantastic day with Wiggins winning gold and that spreads right across Great Britain, it brings a feelgood factor to the Olympics and we are glad to have played our part this evening and got the result to get out of the group,” he told reporters, published in Sky Sports.

“We didn’t watch it (the rowing or the cycling) together as we had to prepare for this game but I fully expect that most of the players, and a lot of the staff, are watching other events.

“We all feel part of it after our experience in the Olympic village. We all feel part of what’s going on.

“I also have to mention the women’s team, them winning yesterday gave us a real good lift by beating Brazil.

“They have been playing a day before us and everytime they have got a good result we are trying to emulate them, which is fantastic.

“We are all under the same umbrella and we all want each other to do well.

“I thought all 18 of the players were fantastic, and it excites me to stay in the competition to play at least one more game with this group.

“We are improving game by game, our fitness levels are improving, our understanding is improving and some of the passing, especially in the first half, was outstanding,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight