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Veteran Giggs leads Britain to victory


LONDON — Hosts Britain took a big step towards the quarter-finals when goals from skipper Ryan Giggs and substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Scott Sinclair secured a deserved 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Wembley on Sunday.

Giggs, at 38 years and 243 days, became the oldest man to appear in the Olympic soccer competition and then became the oldest scorer when he headed Britain in front after 16 minutes.

The result, Britain’s first win in the Olympics since they beat Taiwan 3-2 in the Rome Games in September 1960, put them top of Group A with four points having scored more goals than Senegal who stunned Uruguay 2-0 earlier at Wembley.

“We certainly made hard work for ourselves, but all credit to the UAE,” coach Stuart Pearce told reporters. “The two substitutes had a real impact and we had some really good performances from the likes of Craig Bellamy and Joe Allen.”

Pearce reserved his highest praise for Giggs, enthusing: “Ryan brings respect. That’s a word that’s used cheaply nowadays, but the way he handles himself on and off the pitch is outstanding and we are delighted he got a goal this evening.”

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