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OLYMPIC GAMES: Pearce going for gold
11:28am Thursday 2nd August 2012 in All the highlights of our Wiltshire Olympians
STUART Pearce saw his Great Britain side take a step closer to an Olympic medal by beating Uruguay last night but insists gold is the only colour he is planning for.
The 1-0 win over the south Americans at the Millennium Stadium, courtesy of Daniel Sturridge's second goal of the tournament, saw Great Britain top Group A and set up a last-eight clash with South Korea in Cardiff on Saturday.
And Pearce, who lives in Shalbourne near Marlborough, knows victory there will put he and his squad within sight of a podium finish.
He said: "All the teams in the quarter-finals know they have two shots at getting a medal if you get to the semi-finals.
"If you are unsuccessful in the semi-finals you get the shot at the bronze so the importance of the next game is pretty high."
But Pearce only has sights for winning the competition and, after ensuring Uruguay follow fellow pre-tournament favourites Spain out of the tournament, believes his side might be coming to the boil, right on cue for a potential last-four clash with Brazil.
"We have only ever planned to win the tournament," he said.
"Brazil going into the tournament were vast favourites and their performance when we played them in Middlesbrough echoed those thoughts and they have done very well so far.
"But football is quite funny, when you get games coming thick and fast, every three days, the mental and physical side plays a big part and from here on in there will be some sides flat to the boards physically, so you can't pre-judge results at this stage."
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