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Team GB crash out on penalties to South Korea

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Daniel Sturridge missed the decisive spot-kick © PA Photos
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Great Britain are out of London 2012 at the quarter-final stage after suffering a penalty shootout defeat to South Korea. The match finished locked at 1-1 after extra time.

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Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge missed the decisive spot-kick as Stuart Pearce's side lost 5-4 on penalties. Earlier in the match, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey both scored and missed from 12 yards.

Great Britain made a nervy start, retaining the ball in safe areas and looking reluctant to push men forward, and were punished for their caution on 30 minutes when Sunderland's Ji Dongwon fired home a left-footed shot from 20 yards. Goalkeeper Jack Butland should have done better with the strike: he let the powerful effort slide through his hands and into the back of the net.

But five minutes later, Great Britain were level as Ramsey converted a penalty following a handball from Jaesuk Oh. Ramsey had the chance to put GB further ahead from the spot shortly after, following a trip on Sturridge - but, aiming the other side from his first effort, Ramsey saw his attempt saved by Sungryong Jung.

The second half was a subdued affair, with Great Britain showing a little more ambition, but failing to find a telling final pass on several occasions - and it was the same in extra time.

South Korea will now play Brazil, who twice came from behind to beat Honduras 3-2 at St James' Park. Mario Martinez stunned the red-hot tournament favourites when he fired Honduras in front after 13 minutes, but they were reduced to ten men just after the half hour when Wilmer Crisanto received two yellow cards in the space of one minute.

When Leandro Damiao equalised five minutes later few would have bet against Brazil going on to secure victory, but Roger Espinoza put the ten men back in front shortly after the restart. The lead didn't last long this time as Brazil were awarded a penalty within two minutes and Neymar blasted home. Damiao then scored his second of the game on the hour and there was no way back for Honduras, who had Espinoza sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time.

Japan booked their place in the semi-finals with a comfortable 3-0 win over Egypt at Old Trafford. Kensuke Nagai, Maya Yoshida and Yuki Otsu were all on target for the Japanese, while Saad Saadeldin was sent off in the first half for Egypt.

Nagai opened the scoring on 14 minutes as he took advantage of a defensive mix-up, before Saad was handed his marching orders for a professional foul.

Yoshida doubled Japan's lead after the break and Otsu's header sealed the victory for Japan, who will play Mexico in the last four after their match with Senegal went to extra-time before they wrapped up a 4-2 victory at Wembley.

Jorge Enriquez Garcia broke the deadlock on ten minutes, yet the second goal of the game did not come until the hour mark when Javier Aquino Carmona struck to make it 2-0. But Senegal rallied late on to force the game beyond normal time after the free-scoring Moussa Konate and Ibrahima Balde netted to restore parity.

Mexico, though, had the cutting edge in extra time as Giovani Dos Santos and then Hector Herrera Rubio, via a calamitous mix up, sealed their 4-2 win.

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