Oldham 2 Manchester City 1: Blues" Euro stars are left red-faced

Oldham 2 Manchester City 1: Blues' Euro stars are left red-faced

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Manchester City's Euro 2012 stars were
given a testing return to club action as Oldham beat the Barclays
Premier League champions at Boundary Park on Tuesday.

While the majority of their
first-team colleagues concluded a tour of the Far East yesterday,
England trio Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner enjoyed their
first close-season outings alongside France pair Gael Clichy and Samir
Nasri.

Oldham's Jean Yves M'Voto holds off Samir Nasri

In control: Oldham's Jean Yves M'Voto holds off Samir Nasri

Holland's Nigel de Jong took the armband and made his second appearance in four days having started Saturday's 2-1 reserve win at Stockport, while the rest of City's line-up was comprised of academy products and Etihad Stadium outcast Roque Santa Cruz – scorer of his side's equaliser after Robbie Simpson gave the Latics an early advantage.

Having spent the majority of the contest firmly on the back foot, Paul Dickov's npower League One outfit snatched victory in stoppage time as summer recruit Jonathan Grounds rifled home from Connor Hughes' left-wing corner.

City fell behind in the fourth minute when Clichy passed loosely for Oldham to break and Simpson clinically slotted his fourth goal of pre-season with a shot across Hart.

Remember me Roque Santa Cruz goes round keeper Alex Cisak to score

Remember me Roque Santa Cruz goes round keeper Alex Cisak to score

Mario Jelavic, a Croatia Under-19 international on trial with Roberto Mancini's squad, should have equalised but stabbed wide from close range, while Latics goalkeeper Alex Cisak was rooted to the spot when Milner flashed a 25-yard drive past the upright midway through the half.

Jelavic made a better fist of things in the 36th minute, clipping Nasri's 36th-minute pass against Cisak's near post.

The Australian keeper thwarted Milner twice either side of the interval, but could do nothing in the 53rd minute as Santa Cruz rounded him to score after a loose ball fell kindly.

Around the hour City's five returnees made way for a collection of youngsters including Slovakian playmaker Albert Rusnak, who drew two more excellent stops from Cisak before Grounds' late intervention.

Happy days: Roque Santa Cruz celebrates his goal

Happy days: Roque Santa Cruz celebrates his goal

London Olympics 2012: Rajiv Ouseph knocked out of badminton by Kevin Cordon

Ouseph court out by Cordon leaving GB without badminton player in knockout stages

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Britain will be without a single representative in the knockout stages of the badminton tournament after Rajiv Ouseph suffered an upset defeat by Guatemalan Kevin Cordon in a nail-biting finale.

Ouseph, the world No 25 men’s singles player, had dominated the opening to win the first set but was pegged back and lost the deciding third by the slenderest of margins to world No 38 Cordon.

The 25-year-old Londoner looked distraught after going down 12-21, 21-17, 21-19 and missing out on a place in the last 16. He had won his first group match to raise expectations but was unable to earn the required second victory in front of the watching Lord Coe.

Stretched: Rajiv Ouseph could not progress into the knockout stages

Stretched: Rajiv Ouseph could not progress into the knockout stages

Ouseph said: ‘The last set was incredibly tight and I had my chances but Kevin came back at me extremely well. He closed the game out well and played the better badminton over the last few points.

‘I thought I was comfortable in the first set but I should not have put myself in the position I found myself at the end of the second set.

Victory moment: Kevin Cordon of Guatemala celebrates

Victory moment: Kevin Cordon of Guatemala celebrates

‘Even so, it’s great to have been part of Team GB and the experience has been a very good one indeed with the support we’ve enjoyed.’

Ouseph’s exit followed Susan Egelstaff’s from the women’s competition. The Scot, ranked 38 in the world, came close to a last-16 place after winning her opening contest at the weekend, but she lost to Japan’s Sayaka Sato, the world No 16.

Egelstaff went down 18-21, 21-16, 21-12.

Caught short: Susan Egelstaff lost to Sayaka Sato

Caught short: Susan Egelstaff lost to Sayaka Sato

She said: ‘Obviously I’m disappointed to go out but I can hold my head high. Just qualifying for the Games was massive and every minute has been brilliant.

‘My family were here to watch and lots of kids in the crowd had smiles on their faces, so hopefully we’ve inspired the next generation of badminton players.’

London Olympics 2012: Bradley Wiggins bullish before gold run in time-trial

Tour win puts Wiggins in bullish mood ahead of time-trial gold run

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If all around people are losing their heads, as was once the case with residents of Hampton Court Palace, you can be sure Bradley Wiggins will not be among them.

As the pressure builds on Britain’s athletes to seize their Olympic moment, nothing that happens in the men’s time trial — which starts and ends at the former royal palace — can erase the majesty of Wiggins’s summer to this point.

For the country’s first winner of the Tour de France, an hour-long jaunt around two reservoirs in south-west London will be as nothing compared to the demands of scaling Alpine peaks on a 2,200-mile slog around France.

Raring to go: Bradley Wiggins took part in a recce of the time-trial course on Tuesday

Raring to go: Bradley Wiggins took part in a recce of the time-trial course on Tuesday

Bradley's big rivals

Tony Martin (Germany)

The 27-year-old (below) is the world time trial champion. Suffered punctures in the Tour de France prologue and the first time trial in Besancon, and is riding with a broken wrist.

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

The 31-year-old is a four-time world champion and the current Olympic champion. Won the Tour prologue but finished 57 seconds behind Wiggins in Besancon. Crashed while leading a breakaway in the road race on Saturday.

Chris Froome (GB)

Time-trial rides in the Grand Tours have shown he can challenge, though he has little experience of one-off events such as this. A strong climber, the 27-year-old would also prefer a course with a few more hills.

The pursuit of Olympic glory will not
muddle the Wiggins mind when three weeks of mental torture and the
fiercest media scrutiny failed to deflect him from his purpose. The
Briton said: ‘The Tour is such a good boot camp for this. It’s been the
best preparation. This is going to be a piece of p*** now compared to
that in terms of expectation, pressure, mental stress.

‘It’s just an hour, not three weeks.
The Tour was the baseline of worst-case scenario in that sense and we
handled that pretty well. So an hour time trial to make history should
be a doddle.’

The history of which he speaks is the
potential addition of a medal that would make Wiggins Britain’s most
decorated Olympian of all time, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave’s total of
six. The 32-year-old’s haul stands at three golds, one silver and two
bronze medals stretching back to a team pursuit bronze in Sydney in
2000, although all of those were won on a velodrome track, not the road.

Then again, breaking new ground is
nothing new to Wiggins. From his deeds on the Tour to ringing the
Olympic bell at the opening ceremony, the national adulation has wrapped
him in a cloak of near invincibility. Confidence is coursing through
his veins, not least because of his utter domination of the final time
trial on the Tour in Chartres, the day he secured the leader’s yellow
jersey for keeps.

Wait for me: Team GB rider Chris Froome warms up with Wiggins at Hampton Court

Wait for me: Team GB rider Chris Froome warms up with Wiggins at Hampton Court

Focus: Wiggins is confident that he can finish on top and take gold

Focus: Wiggins is confident that he can finish on top and take gold

He was just as impressive, although
not quite as far ahead of his rivals, 11 days earlier in Besancon,
meaning that in many British eyes he has already been anointed with gold
the same way Mark Cavendish was for Saturday’s road race in which
Wiggins stretched every sinew to try to realise his team-mate’s Olympic
dream.

Just as on that occasion, there are
reasons to be wary, however. His main rivals, world time trial champion
Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara, may be injured but their muscles are
fresher, having both pulled out of the Tour in the second week, while
Martin also dropped out of the road race 60 miles from the finish.

‘I don’t know how much of an advantage
that will be to them or not,’ added Wiggins. ‘Tony had no choice in the
Tour — he broke his wrist. Fabian had another child but I don’t know if
he had already planned to pull out. This race will tell if they were
good decisions. The main thing is that I am on track. I can’t predict
what they will do. I’ll just go out there and do the performance I have
done so well all year.

‘I gained so much confidence from the
time trial wins in the Tour. We won’t need to test me beforehand because
the benchmark is there from Chartres. Nothing is going to change from
that performance to Wednesday. I have 100 per cent faith in the training
I have been set. At this stage it is more mental than physical.

Good luck, pal: A soldier takes a glance at Bradley Wiggins at Hampton Court

Good luck, pal: A soldier takes a glance at Bradley Wiggins at Hampton Court

‘I’ve done enough now to realise that
it is not all suddenly going to collapse on Tuesday night and that I’m
going to be a pile of s*** on Wednesday.

‘My performances have been so
consistent all year and I’ve no reason to think that is going to change
in nine days from Chartres. That comes with age and experience.’

The men’s course is 27.3 miles long,
nine miles longer than the one the women will ride earlier in the day.
Both will begin and end at Hampton Court.

Emma Pooley, silver medallist in
Beijing, will be confident of fighting for a medal, although the mainly
flat route is less suited to her tiny frame and climbing prowess and
more suited to a power rider such as America’s Kristin Armstrong, the
defending champion.

Wiggins' medals

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London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley urged to ditch Twitter after teenager reprimanded over threats

Daley urged to ditch Twitter after youth reprimanded by police over vile threats

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A 17-year-old youth arrested after a
malicious tweet was sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley has been issued with
a harassment warning.

Dorset police said the teenager was bailed pending an investigation into other communications on his Twitter account.

He was detained at a guesthouse in Weymouth hours after 18-year-old Daley received messages on the social networking site.

Daley and his Team GB diving partner
Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal on Monday when they finished
fourth in the men's synchronised 10-metre platform diving event at the
Olympics.

Annoyed: Tom Daley hit out at the Twitter troll

Annoyed: Tom Daley hit out at the Twitter troll

Shortly afterwards, Daley retweeted a message from a user which said: 'You let your dad down i hope you know that.'

Daley responded by tweeting: 'After giving it my all… you get idiots sending me this…'

Daley's father Rob died last year from brain cancer.

Tom Daley was set to be urged to take a break from Twitter after receiving malicious messages.

Edged out: Daley and partner Peter Waterfield finished in fourth

Edged out: Daley and partner Peter Waterfield finished in fourth

British Olympic Association chef de
mission Andy Hunt said Daley needed to make a decision over his use of
the social-network website.

Daley – who Hunt claimed received
50,000 tweets on the day of Friday's opening ceremony of London 2012 –
will be advised to keep off Twitter two days before he competes in the
individual version of his event on August 10.

Asked if the 18-year-old needed to
stay away from the website from now until then, Hunt said today: 'That
is absolutely something that the coaching team will discuss with Tom.

'They need to make the decision based on what they've experienced over the past 24 hours.

'Everyone knows if you use social media extensively, you have to accept you get bad as well as good.

'Sometimes bad is wholly unacceptable, as we experienced last night, and that's been dealt with by the relevant authorities.'

Sorry: Waterfield (right) apologised to Daley after a bad dive

Sorry: Waterfield (right) apologised to Daley after a bad dive

Too much: The pair made it too hard for themselves on the last dive

Too much: The pair made it too hard for themselves on the last dive

An apparent apology to Daley followed
from @Rileyy-69 last night but it has been alleged he later posted an
expletive-laden rant including a threat to 'drown' Daley.

Hunt branded the @Rileyy-69 tweets –
which the BOA said they had Twitter delete – as 'a threat' but insisted
Daley had not been affected by them.

'I've met this morning with Tom's coach and some of his other support staff,' Hunt added.

'Tom isn't affected by it and the team are absolutely focused on getting ready for the next round of competition.'

Daley's synchro partner Peter Waterfield tweeted this morning: 'For all
the haters out there, come do what we do then have ur say, Infact
achieve what we do, low life pr”ck! Until then shut ur mouth! Tom done
great it was my fault.'

Daley's close friend and Team GB diving team-mate Tonia Couch refused to
be drawn on whether the teenager should curtail his use of
Twitter.

Disappointment: The duo leave the pool afterwards

Disappointment: The duo leave the pool afterwards

Couch, who also failed to win a medal in the women's synchro this
afternoon in front of the watching Daley, said: 'Tom's a strong boy.

'He can concentrate on what he needs to do and, at the end of the day, Twitter's Twitter.

'You don't need to look at it if you don't want to.'

Asked what she made of the abuse Daley had suffered, Couch added: 'Not much really, neither has Tom.

'We're just concentrating on the Olympics. That's what we're here to do.'

Despite the abuse of Daley and the expulsion of two athletes from London
2012 for sending offensive tweets, Hunt insisted the BOA did not need
to review their social-network guidelines.

They have largely left it up to individual sports and athletes when and
how often they tweet, revealing today the women's water polo team had
elected for a blanket ban, while hockey had a three-hour blackout around
match time.

Hunt added: 'We always said two year ago this was going to be the Twitter Games.'

Deputy Mayor of the Olympic Village Duncan Goodhew, a gold and bronze
medallist in swimming at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, described the
behaviour of the Twitter troll as 'appalling'.

London 2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps beats record medal tally

Greatest Olympian ever! Phelps beats all-time record medal tally with double in pool

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Michael Phelps tonight became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history when his gold in the 4×200 metres freestyle relay took him to 19.

The 27-year-old had equalled Larisa Latynina's record earlier this evening with silver in the 200m butterfly.

However, the United States swimmer moved him beyond the Russian whose record had stood since 1964 to stand alone at the pinnacle with three more events to come.

History maker: Phelps bagged the two medals he needed to become the most decorated Olympian

History maker: Phelps bagged the two medals he needed to become the most decorated Olympian

Phelps' medal tally
15 x GOLD2 x SILVER
2 x BRONZE

The American has always
maintained he is not interested in medal counts and will be furious with
himself after Chad le Clos beat him on the touch in his first race of the evening – the 200m butterfly.

It is a measure of the expectations placed on the Baltimore swimmer that there was audible shock around the Aquatics Centre, a feeling of deflation even.

However, credit is due to Le Clos who swam a superb race to take advantage of Phelps' poor judgement, the American gliding into the wall rather than finishing on a full stroke as has been his hallmark.

The South African won in one minute 52.96 seconds, 0.05secs ahead of Phelps with Japan's Takeshi Matsuda third.

The 200m butterfly final came after Caitlin McClatchey had finished seventh in the 200m freestyle which United States swimmer Allison Schmitt won in Olympic record time.

Pipped to the post: Phelps narrowly missed out on the gold medal

Pipped to the post: Phelps narrowly missed out on the gold medal

No hard feelings: Phelps congratulates Le Clos on sealing gold

No hard feelings: Phelps congratulates Le Clos on sealing gold

The 26-year-old McClatchey produced her
best performances for years to reach the final but she was not
realistically expected to be in the battle for the title.

Schmitt, who last month swam the
event faster than anyone in textiles in history, led from start to
finish and touched in a dominant 1:53.61.

France's Camille Muffat was second as
the pair reversed their placings in the 400m freestyle on Sunday with
Australia's Bronte Barratt third.

McClatchey touched in 1:57.60 in what is set to be her final Olympics after three Games.

She said: 'I would have liked to have
gone a bit faster than I did in the semi, I tried something a bit
different and ended up going out too hard probably, tried to stick with
Missy (Franklin) down the first length, and it took a bit more out of
me.

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner - taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner – taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner - taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner – taking gold in the 200m butterfly

'It was all about enjoying it tonight, I knew I would have to do something massive to get into the medals.

'I really enjoyed it, the crowd were fantastic again, I couldn't ask for anything more from them.

'I didn't even think I would make the
final because it was such a strong event so that was a massive
achievement, and I didn't come last so that was good!'

Jemma Lowe squeezed into the final of
the 200m butterfly in 2:07.37, a relief after the shock exit of world
silver medallist Ellen Gandy this morning.

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

London 2012 Olympics: Great Britain 0 Australia 3 in the volleyball

Great Britain 0 Australia 3: Ashes bragging rights head Down Under in the volleyball

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Australia came out on top of their Ashes battle with Great Britain at Earls Court, with their size and strength too much for the host nation to handle.

With the British women having won a first-ever Olympic clash on Monday night, hopes were high that their male counterparts would follow suit today, with the Volleyroos arguably their closest-matched side in the pool.

But with Australia's brutal defence forming a wall of steel at the net, Britain's strike players were unable to feed off what was, at best, inconsistent setting, as what appeared to be Harry Brokking's squad's best chance of getting a Games win passed them by under the watching eye of London 2012 chairman Lord Coe.

They still have three group games left, but with Italy, Poland and Argentina ahead of them, an improbable two wins are required for a quarter-final berth to even be a possibility.

Battle: Britain's Kieran O'Malley tees up a spike as Australian players look on at Earl's Court

Battle: Britain's Kieran O'Malley tees up a spike as Australian players look on at Earl's Court

With the brilliant 6ft 11in Thomas Edgar omnipresent and Igor Yudin and Travis Passier providing more than ample support, it actually became something of a cruise control mission for the Australians, who will now fancy their own chances of progressing to the last eight.

They lost to Argentina on Sunday and, unlike Great Britain, appeared to have learned from their mistakes, hitting consistently from the net and cutting out their unforced errors close in. On the flip side, much like in the Bulgaria game, GB started slowly and a quick slump to 4-1 behind – mainly owing to Edgar – prompted Brokking to call an early time-out.

His words were lost however, as four more points were lost upon the resumption, with Adam White's stunning serve causing the hosts all manner of reception problems while Bakare, so hit-and-miss on Sunday, made two costly errors to 1-8.

Leap of faith: Britain's Mark McGivern smashes the ball during their defeat to Australia

Leap of faith: Britain's Mark McGivern smashes the ball during their defeat to Australia

That became 4-12, with Passier doing some damage down the middle, with Britain's block virtually non-existent.

Brokking
reacted by hooking off captain Ben Pipes, Dami Bakare and Mark
Plotyczer for old heads such as Jason Haldane and Andy Pink, but the
changes made no impact as Australia's power from the back of the court
carried them through to a crushing 25-15 set win.

Importantly for Brokking's men they stayed in touch at the start of the second but, crucially, allowed Australia to get a mini-jump on them come the first time-out, with Bakare missing a spike that sent the score to 6-8.

Pipes was talking to the referee after a contentious block call – not the first to go against the home side – shortly after, but they turned 7-10 into 10-10 thanks to some brilliant hitting from Plotyczer.

Pipes then produced two wonder serves to open up a two-point lead – frittered by reception errors – but Mark McGivern's spike got them back ahead at 16-15.

Delight: Australia's Adam White (left) and Aden Tutton celebrate their triumph

Delight: Australia's Adam White (left) and Aden Tutton celebrate their triumph

Three critical service errors allowed the Australians to move back ahead, and when Edgar shut down Plotyczer, they were 21-18 in front. That quickly extended through to 25-18, with Britain closing the set with six service errors to their name.

With an almighty job on to save the game, Brokking's side needed a lightning start to the third set, but as in both of the others, they first went to the sidelines behind, this time 6-8 as French powered a spike long.

A Yudin ace made it 6-10 and as Edgar ran amok, an 8-14 scoreline quickly emerged.
Despite the efforts of Joel Miller off the bench, GB had no answer to Australia's impenetrable defence and even a four-point streak could not haul them back into it, as Jon Uriarte's men took the set 20-25.

London 2012 Olympics: Ye Shiwen wins 200m individual medley title

That's another gold for Ye! Chinese teenage sensation bags 200m individual medley title

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Hannah Miley was seventh as 16-year-old Ye Shiwen added the Olympic 200 metres individual medley title to the gold she won in the longer medley in mind-boggling fashion earlier this week.

Controversy has swirled around the Chinese teenager since her other-worldly victory in the 400 metres individual medley which saw her swim the final length faster than the winner of the men's equivalent, Ryan Lochte.

Ye came from slightly down at third at the final turn to produce a storming freestyle leg to secure victory. Miley never expected to be in the battle for medals in this event and was seventh in two minutes 11.29 seconds.

Just too good: Ye Shiwen is congratulated by his latest opponents

Just too good: Ye Shiwen is congratulated by his latest opponents

Meanwhile, Caitlin McClatchey had finished seventh in the 200m freestyle which United States swimmer Allison Schmitt won in Olympic record time.

The 26-year-old McClatchey produced her best performances for years to reach the final but she was not realistically expected to be in the battle for the title.

Schmitt, who last month swam the event faster than anyone in textiles in history, led from start to finish and touched in a dominant 1:53.61.

France's Camille Muffat was second as the pair reversed their placings in the 400m freestyle on Sunday with Australia's Bronte Barratt third.

Back in control: Ye eases ahead of Australia's Alicia Coutts in the 200-m individual medley

Back in control: Ye eases ahead of Australia's Alicia Coutts in the 200-m individual medley

McClatchey touched in 1:57.60 in what is set to be her final Olympics after three Games.

She said: 'I would have liked to have gone a bit faster than I did in the semi, I tried something a bit different and ended up going out too hard probably, tried to stick with Missy (Franklin) down the first length, and it took a bit more out of me.

'It was all about enjoying it tonight, I knew I would have to do something massive to get into the medals.

'I really enjoyed it, the crowd were fantastic again, I couldn't ask for anything more from them. I didn't even think I would make the final because it was such a strong event so that was a massive achievement, and I didn't come last so that was good!'

Jemma Lowe squeezed into the final of the 200m butterfly in 2:07.37, a relief after the shock exit of world silver medallist Ellen Gandy.

Great Britain 1 Brazil 0: Three and easy as hot shot Steph Houghton stuns Samba girls

Great Britain 1 Brazil 0: Hot shot Houghton stuns Samba girls to book Canada clash

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Hope Powell promised a performance, responding to the wishes of those at Wembley and shining a torchlight on women’s football.

And Great Britain’s coach got her
wish, sending her swish side out to dismantle one of the world’s best
teams in front of an excitable and exuberant crowd.

Hot shot: Steph Houghton (second left) celebrates her early strike

Hot shot: Steph Houghton (second left) celebrates her early strike

These girls are the real thing. Steph Houghton’s well-taken early goal was enough to beat a very talented Brazil side last night, and meant Britain finished top of Group E and can look forward to Saturday’s quarter-final against Canada in Coventry.

They have the country on their side at these Games and continue to generate interest as they showcase their talent and tactical nous. They craved the attention and now they will have to get used to coping with it.

Britain are stylish and well organised, a tribute to the calming leadership qualities of their outstanding, progressive coach. Powell has peppered her team with craft and creativity, combing through the nation to find a winning combination.

Group hug: Great Britain celebrate

Group hug: Great Britain celebrate

Britain are on to something, full of
enterprise on the field and earning the admiration of those in the
stands. The team were lifted by the occasion — the first women’s game at
the new Wembley — and by the large attendance they commanded.

They sense the chance to win gold at these Games, and are learning to
live with the added attention as they progress to the last eight.It
comes with the territory; their profile has been raised while qualifying
and proving they can match the very best.

Brazil boast some of the most talented players in the world, mimicking
the men’s team with their razor-sharp skills and tight turns.

At Wembley, the home of English — and temporarily British — football,
Great Britain were comfortable and confident. Brazil, silver medallists
in Beijing and Athens, expect to be back here for the final on August 9
and they had already qualified for the quarter-finals before last
night, after a five-goal thumping of Cameroon and a stumbling victory a
stumbling victory over New Zealand.

Jorge Barcellos’s team were still complaining last night of the
broken-down bus that affected their preparations on the eve of the game,
leaving them stranded by the side of the road before they were rescued
by Olympics officials.

The conspiracy theories were doing the rounds thick and fast at Wembley,
from suggestions of sabotage by Team GB officials to the more likely
explanation of incompetence.

That was certainly the case for Brazil’s defence in the opening minute
of the match, as they struggled to come to terms with Britain’s
breathtaking approach-play.

And they fell behind in the second minute when Karen Carney, the impish
winger on Britain’s right took out four Brazilian defenders with the
sweetest of turns.

Houghton, inside the area, responded well by wrong-footing Brazil keeper Andreia before finishing neatly.

The Arsenal left back is turning into a star of the tournament; last
night’s early strike put her second top scorer at the Olympics with
three goals.

It was an electrifying start by Powell’s team, who were feeding off the
enthusiasm in the stands and searching for more goals whenever they
were in possession.

This performance will accelerate their Olympic ambitions, adding to the
sense of adventure as this golden generation of girls earn their place
among the elite. Crucially they are able to create chances, and they
used their attacking instincts to open up one of the world’s best
women’s teams.

Carney is a little terror down the right, a real tease when she has the
ball and a threat whenever she accelerates beyond the full-back.

Kelly Smith, happy to be isolated up front, is still waiting to score her first goal of these games.
She has the pedigree at this level and knows that her failure to score
from the penalty spot ten minutes after the break could have been
costly.

Smith had missed a straightforward header after the restart and she will
be rattled by the chance to settle it after Eniola Aluko was tripped
inside the box.

Defensively they have the players to cope, with the outstanding pairing
of Sophie Bradley and captain Casey Stone solid under pressure.

They will have to soak it up on Saturday and then it could be all about a semi-final with the USA.