Stuart Pearce led his team through to the knockout stages of the football tournament at the London 2012 Olympics after securing an impressive 1-0 win over Uruguay.

Daniel Sturridge scored the only goals of the game after good work from Swansea pair Scott Sinclair and Joe Allen, with the latter feeding the ball across the box for the Chelsea forward.

There was a late scare as Liverpool forward Gaston Ramirez fired a shot against the bar but it was a brilliant performance from Team GB goalkeeper Jack Butland who further enhanced his reputation.

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge sends Team GB into the quarter-finals [Reuters]

It was a relatively poor game throughout with limited opportunities but Team GB will not be worried about that after making their way through to the quarter-finals where they will play South Korea.

Uruguay missed a number of chances in the first half with Suarez having a shot blocked by Micha Richards, while his Liverpool colleague Sebastian Coates headed over when he really should have worked Butland.

It was Team GB that took the only real chance of the first half when Sturridge struck in first half injury time to grab his second goal of the tournament.

In the second half there was an early chance to Sinclair who headed across the box to put it on a plate for Sturridge, but the striker was given off-side as his blushes were spared after hitting the post from just one yard.

Suarez was then denied by Butland on two more occasions, before Swansea full-back Neil Taylor had a left-foot shot curl just wide of the far post.

Sturridge had a late chance to seal victory when his curling effort was well saved, before two more late chances for Uruguay as Ramirez hit the bar and Suarez hit a free-kick into the hands of Butland.

Pearce's side ended top of the group with seven points

"When you play anyone in a situation where it was them or us it is tough but I thought we played some outstanding football, especially in the first half Overall I am delighted," Pearce told the BBC