Olympics: Great Britain 1-1 S Korea (4-5 Pens) – Team GB Spot-Kicked Out Of Competition In Cardiff (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

4th, August 2012


By Alan Duffy

Whilst the Team GB athletics team were (to coin a phrase of da yoof) ‘smashing it’ in east London and Daily Mail readers were choking on their own racist bile, Stuart Pearce’s football side were struggling against a very decent South Korean side at the Millennium Stadium.

The Koreans went ahead in the first-half, courtesy of a strike by Sunderland forward Ji Dong-Won which ‘keeper Jack Butland really should have saved. With one hand. Blindfolded. With no head.

However, Team GB were soon back on level terms, with Aaron Ramsey’s feeble penalty kick finding the back of the net. The Arsenal man then had a chance to double his side’s score just before half-time, again from the penalty spot, only for the Welshman to fail this time.

The second-half was rather dull and then, after extra-time, it was time for penalties. Ramsey, to his credit, stepped up first and converted his spot-kick, but with the scores 5-4 to South Korea, Daniel Sturridge fluffed his lines and the medal dreams of this Anglo-Welsh mish-mash were gone.

South Korea now go on to meet Brazil, while Great Britain will vanish as a footballing entity forever, one imagines.


Highlights (again probably none)…

Photos: PA

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  1. Professor Erno Breastpinchd says:

    What’s the daily mail got to do with it?

  2. NathanM says:

    The Daily Mail labelled Mo Farah, amongst others, as a ‘plastic Brit’. Personally, I think Geoff Boycott nailed it when he said that ‘the only sports that should be in the Olympics are the ones where the Olympics are the pinnacles of their sport.’ It seems that sports are being added for the sake of it, for TV and for advertising and overall revenue, (I mean, I don’t mind watching golf, but it certainly isn’t an Olympic sport) which isn’t exactly the Olympic spirit is it?

  3. joshua says:

    Our Southern Korean friends enjoyed themselves a cracking first half, and besides the two penalties, Team GB was lucky to not have lost 3-1 or 4-1. Very impressed with Caulker and Ramsey however, and that Ki Sung-Yeung fellow and the Korean back four weren’t too shabby either.

  4. Del says:

    We’re out on penalties. Again. Is anyone surprised? I didn’t think so. Another football campaign to forget, let’s just enjoy the sports we’re winning in. ;D

    And I dunno what the Daily Mail means exactly by labelling Mo a ‘plastic Brit’ but screw them. He’s a champion and an inspiration to people around the world.
    Meanwhile Daily Mail workers sit in their offices and write shit to earn their bread. -_-

  5. Jarren says:

    Go on Youtube and search for “daily mail monkey dust”.

    Says it all.

  6. Steven says:

    Still wondering when you Brits will set aside your pride and realize it’s much more beneficial to compete as Team GB than it is to compete individually.

  7. Pen Dafad says:

    Don’t be silly now Steven. The only reason that the Welsh players were chosen was because of the under 23 criteria. Replacing the home nations teams with Team GB would simply mean that England would become Team GB (something that a lot of the idiotic BBC staff already called them this time!) Where would that leave the rest of the home nations? No thanks, you can keep your beloved Team GB, I’d rather have my Welsh team and the frustrations that comes with supporting them

  8. James says:

    Sturridge was terrible, I’m sorry. He didn’t perform at all throughout the game, and he topped it off with a pretty bad penalty. Lost on penalties again. Sigh.

  9. Flyer says:

    Im glad the serial diver missed the crucial penalty.

    1st Young and now Sturridge, theres more than a bit of karma about this summer!

  10. Gazza says:

    Team GB isn’t beneficial for Scotland or N.Ireland

    Is it just me that would much prefer 5-aside football or beach football to be an Olympic sport? Something slightly different.
    We have just had a season of better quality football, followed by a euro of better quality football and soon we will have another season of better quality football

  11. Fat Nakago says:

    Daniel Sturridge needs to remember that he’s well…DANIEL STURRIDGE, and not Didier Freakin’ Drogba or something. Yes, he’s got talent, but he’s selfish as hell and when the spotlight shines brightest, he get lost in the glare.

    On second thought, maybe he should have taken a page out of Drogba’s book and just stepped up to the shot and had at it without focking around.

    @Steven — I’m not sure why you feel that way about Britain’s Olympic men’s team. I never got the sense (the aforementioned Studge excepted) that they were competing as individuals. I thought they showed a pretty good sense of team. It’s just they’re really not all that good. Getting to the semis like they did, it seemed to me that they were punching above their weight.

  12. Fat Nakago says:

    Quarters, not semis…I standing corrected in advance.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I like NathanM’s Boycott quote. Never heard that before. If archery’s a sport why isn’t darts, or snooker? If making a horse do some silly walks is a sport, why isn’t driving a car/motorbike? Ifboxing is a sport, why isn’t karate, Muay Thai etc a sport? It’s just daft really isn’t it? Water polo? You just do that after your swimming lesson for a few minutes before your mum comes. And don’t get me started on beach volleyball ffs…

    And suggesting the Olympics are after revenue? How extremely rude and unsporting of you! (What I actually mean is how very correct you are).

    @Steven It’s not about pride mate, England, Scotland, Wales and NI are different countries.

  14. Patrick Ekwall says:

    Picture of David smiling ear to ear please.

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