Spain stunned, Team GB held

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Updated: July 27, 2012

Japan produced the first upset of the Olympic Games when they beat potential gold medallists Spain 1-0 while favourites Brazil survived a scare before beating Egypt 3-2 on the opening day of the men’s soccer competition on Thursday.

Hosts Britain, making their first appearance at the Games for 52 years, were denied a win in front of a 72 000 crowd at Old Trafford when Senegal scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Uruguay, back in the Games after an 84-year absence, came from behind to beat a lively United Arab Emirates side 2-1 in the earlier game at Old Trafford.

On a day when all 16 teams were in action, there was also a win for Belarus, playing in their first major international tournament, beating New Zealand 1-0 at Coventry.

The real upset though was at Hampden Park where Japan stunned Spain, looking to become the first country to hold the World Cup, European crown and Olympic title at the same time.

The Spaniards finished the Group D match with 10 men after midfielder Inigo Martinez was sent off just before halftime having found no answer to Yuki Otsu’s 34th minute goal.

In Thursdays other games, Morocco and Honduras drew 2-2, Mexico and South Korea played out a goalless draw while Switzerland drew with Gabon 1-1.