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26 Jul 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Football

London 2012 men’s football tournament kicks off

The London 2012 men’s football competition got underway on Thursday, with eight matches being held across the UK.

In the day’s first encounter, Zakaria Labyad rescued a point for Morocco as they drew 2-2 with Honduras, despite having Zakarya Bergdich sent off in the opening Group D fixture at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.

Labyad levelled the match midway through the second half after Jerry Bengtson had scored twice to put Honduras 2-1 ahead following an opening goal from Morocco’s Abdelaziz Barrada.

In the day’s second encounter, Mexico and South Korea played out a goalless draw at St James’ Park in Newcastle, while Japan secured a shock 1-0 win over Spain at Hampden Park thanks to a first-half strike from Yuki Otsu.

In the day’s later games, the United Arab Emirates faced Uruguay at Old Trafford in Manchester, Gabon played Switzerland in Newcastle, Belarus took on New Zealand in Coventry, Brazil played Egypt in Cardiff and hosts Great Britain tackled Senegal in Manchester.

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