Filed: Friday, 27th July 2012
By: Staff Writer
It was a good start to the Olympics for West Ham new boy Mohamed Diame as he captained his country to a 1-1 draw aganst hosts Great Britain at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who signed a three-year deal with the Hammers last month had an excellent game in the heart of the African nation's midfield as they frustrated Stuart Pearce's side by snatching a draw in the opening game of Group A.
Great Britain, managed by former Hammer Pearce took the lead when another ex-Hammer, Craig Bellamy, struck after 20 minutes to open the scoring.
33-year-old Bellamy, who was a constant threat throughout was then denied a blatant penalty midway through the second half when he was chopped in half by Saliou Ciss.
And with just nine minutes of normal time remaining, Pearce's team were denied all three points when Moussa Konate struck on the counter to earn a share of the spoils for an extremely physical Senegal side.
A disappointed Neil Taylor, who played alongside Bellamy criticised the match officials after the game. "I've never seen refereeing like it," he said. "In the Premier League we're looking at at least four players sent off."
West Ham United's only member of the GB squad, James Tomkins, was an unused substitute having been dropped in favour of Tottenham's Steven Caulker.
Diame bid wide of the mark [31st Jan 2013]
Gold: no Diame bid forthcoming [31st Jan 2013]
Deadline day latest [31st Jan 2013]
Diame given ultimatum by West Ham [23rd Jan 2013]
Diame 'back in three weeks' [10th Dec 2012]
West Ham Utd 2 Liverpool 3 [9th Dec 2012]
Diame facing extensive lay-off [9th Dec 2012]
Diame contract has 'trigger' clause [14th Nov 2012]
Diame staying put [16th Oct 2012]
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02:07PM 1st Aug 2012
''What's going on with Carroll?''