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Team GB Football go marching on

Posted: Thu 02 Aug 2012

Jack Butland celebrates after Team GB's win against Uruguay

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Jack Shines again

Jack Butland kept a clean sheet for his Team GB side on Wednesday evening as they claimed a place in the Olympic quarter-finals with a 1-0 win against Uruguay.

Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal in a feisty encounter against the South Americans at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Blues stopper Butland put in another assured performance for Stuart Pearce's side, including a couple of fine saves from Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.

The win meant that Britain topped Group A and will now face South Korea on Saturday, with the winners of that game playing either Brazil or Honduras for a place in the final.

Team GB coach Pearce was naturally delighted to see his side progress, adding: "It excites me to stay in the competition for at least one more match because we have improved game by game, the fitness levels are improving, as is the understanding.

"I am delighted to be out of the group, looking back you can see how tough it was, but I think over three matches we deserved to come top, the team has got stronger and stronger. 

"Now it is about recovery and preparing for Saturday. My feet are on the floor and I'm aware of the magnitude of the next game in front of us."