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Pearce's GB team held by Senegal
12:27am Friday 27th July 2012 in International
GREAT Britain’s Olympic dreams suffered an unexpected setback at Old Trafford last night as Moussa Konate’s late equaliser for Senegal denied them victory.
Craig Bellamy, later injured and replaced ten minutes from time by Saints midfielder Jack Cork, put the hosts in front with a clinical volley early in the contest.
But Stuart Pearce’s men were then pushed onto the back foot by the Africans’ ultra-physical approach, which largely went unpunished by Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov.
Still, it did seem GB had weathered the worst until Konate struck eight minutes from time.
The hosts pushed forward frantically in search of a winner but they came no nearer than a Marvin Sordell effort that crashed against the bar.
Full story and pictures in today's Daily Echo