Craig Bellamy became the first man to score a goal for Great Britain at the Olympics in over 50 years when he fired Team GB into the lead against Senegal on Thursday night.
The Liverpool striker found himself in acres of space inside the opposition penalty area and rifled the loose ball into the ground and over the scrambling Senegalese defenders to open the scoring at Old Trafford.
His strike was the first by a Great Britain player at the Olympics since 1960 and later in the game Bellamy was denied what looked to be a certain penalty as he was clattered on the edge of the Senegal box.
The Welshman was then treated to something of a rarity for a Red at Old Trafford as he left the pitch on 79 minutes to a standing ovation.
But three minutes later Pape Moussa Konate struck for Senegal andStuart Pearce's men were forced to settle for a draw in their opening Group A fixture.
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates were in action as Uruguay got their Olympics campaign off to a winning start in the earlier match in Manchester.
They fell behind to a United Arab Emirates side who played some sharp and aggressive football and took the lead through Ismail Matar on 23 minutes.
However, Gaston Ramirez levelled proceedings with a sweet, curling free-kick that left Ali Khaseif with no chance before Botafogo's Nicolas Lodeiro clinched the winner.
Next up for Uruguay is Senegal on Sunday on the same day Team GB face UAE.