Senegal hold Britain in Olympic soccer

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 26, 2012
Moussa Konate scored late in the second half to lift Senegal into a 1-1 tie against host Britain in an Olympic soccer match Thursday. Welshman Craig Bellamy gave Britain the lead in the first half after Senegal failed to clear a free kick by captain Ryan Giggs. Senegal showed attacking flair in the second half, and scored in the 81st minute when Konate ran to a through ball and chipped it past Britain keeper Jack Butland. A frantic final few minutes including British substitute Marvin Sordell hitting the bar. Konate's attempt for a second goal went wide. The match in front of a capacity crowd at Old Trafford was Britain's first in an Olympic competition since 1960. The country's English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish soccer associations had previously resisted the idea of a Britain team, fearing it could jeopardize their independence within global soccer.
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