Spain suffer elimination, Brazil move on
By Chris Brummitt ,AP
July 31, 2012, 12:46 am TWN
CARDIFF, Wales -- Spain suffered a rare soccer setback, going out of the men's Olympic tournament on Sunday after losing 1-0 to Honduras, while Brazil and Japan booked their places in the quarterfinals with victories.
In the second round of group matches, host Britain got its campaign back on track with a 3-1 victory over United Arab Emirates that knocked the Middle Eastern team out of the tournament. Mexico rebounded from a first-round loss by beating Gabon 2-0. Two-time Olympic champion Uruguay lost 2-0 to Senegal. Egypt played a to 1-1 draw against New Zealand, while South Korea beat Switzerland 2-1.
Spain was looking to add an Olympic gold to the World Cup and European Championship titles held by the country's full national team. The Olympic soccer tournament is an under-23 competition with three older players allowed in each 18-man squad.
But after losing to Japan in its opening game, Spain endured a second straight disappointment.
Honduras forward Jerry Bengtson scored in the seventh minute, jumping over a defender to power in a header past Spain goalkeeper David De Gea. Spain had a penalty claim in the 80th when TV replays appeared to show Adrian Lopez being pushed over by Arnold Peralta.
Spain was seen as one of the favorites, but has yet to score in the competition ahead of its last game against Morocco on Wednesday in Manchester.
Honduras moved into second place in Group D.
Brazil, seeking its first Olympic gold, went behind in the eighth minute against Belarus, but Alexandre Pato equalized with a header in the 15th after a cross by Neymar. The Brazilian star then scored with a right-foot shot in the 65th minute and set up the final goal for recently signed Chelsea playmaker Oscar in injury time to make it 3-1.
The victory in front of 66,000 people at Manchester's Old Trafford Stadium gave Brazil six points in Group C, three more than Belarus.
Japan forward Kensuke Nagai scored an 84th-minute goal to secure a 1-0 win over Morocco.