Newcastle, England – Spain is out of the men's Olympic soccer tournament.
The country that has won the last two European championships and the World Cup in 2010, was eliminated Sunday with a 1-0 loss to Honduras at St James' Park.
Even with rosters limited to just three players over age 23, Spain entered the tournament as the favorite to win gold. Instead, it lost its first two matches and cannot advance from group play with one match left.
The Spaniards, one of just two squads eliminated after two games, sit alone at the bottom of Group D.
Jerry Bengtson scored just 7 minutes into the match, and Honduras survived one chance after another in the second half from Spain - which struck the crossbar or post three times in the final 45 minutes.
Bengtson scored twice in the opening match of the tournament for Honduras, and added to his haul with a header into the bottom left early against Spain.
Spain piled on pressure as the match wore on, as Iker Muniain and Rodrigo were among those who hit the woodwork. Honduras goalkeeper Jose Mendoza also made a number of fine saves, but none bigger than a flying effort against Rodrigo.
Honduras is second in the group with one game remaining, but still needs a tie against Japan to secure its place in the quarterfinals.
Kensuke Nagai scored in the 84th minute as Japan defeated Morocco, 1-0, at St James Park to secure its second straight win and a berth in the quarterfinals from Group D. Morocco plays Spain in its final match.
Great Britain avoided an upset at Wembley Stadium in London, as Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score in a 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates.
Ryan Giggs became the oldest man to score in the Olympics in the first half as Great Britain took the lead, but the UAE climbed level on the hour when Rashed Eisa converted to the bottom corner.
Great Britain settled in after a good stretch from UAE, and Sinclair scored in seconds after he replaced Giggs in the 73rd, and Sturridge capped the win with a nice chip in the 76th to secure the top spot in Group A on a tiebreaker.
UAE was eliminated, but Great Britain, Senegal and Uruguay are still alive for the two quarterfinal berths from the group.
Senegal used a pair of goals from Moussa Konate to surprise Uruguay, 2-0, in the other match in Group A at Wembley Stadium. Konate scored in the 10th and, after teammate Abdoulaye Ba sent off, added his second in the 37th.
Neymar scored a stunning free kick and had two assists as Brazil joined Japan in the last eight with a 3-1 win over Belarus at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.
Bardini Bressan scored early for Belarus, but Alexandre Pato tied the match in the 15th off an assist from Neymar, and the Santos forward added his free kick in the 65th. Neymar hit a right-footed shot from the right into the top left.
Neymar set up the final goal with a brilliant back heel at the top of the area to Oscar, a recent signing for Chelsea. Oscar finished into the top of the net to seal an impressive showing for Brazil, which has never won Olympic gold.
Brazil is comfortably atop Group C on six points. Belarus is second. Mohamed Salah scored in the 40th minute as Egypt tied New Zealand, 1-1, in the other game in Group C at Old Trafford.
Giovani Dos Santos scored twice in the second half as Mexico beat Gabon, 2-0, at City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry, England to move atop Group B. South Korea used goals from Park Chu-Young and Kim Bo-Kyung to nip Switzerland, 2-1, at Coventry Stadium to sit second in Group B.