MEDAL DREAMS DASHED

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South Korea's Lee Bum-young saves on a decisive penalty by Britain's Daniel Sturridge, left, during a men's soccer quarterfinal match between, at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. South Korea won 5-4 after penalties and advances to the semifinals. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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South Korea's Lee Bum-young saves on a decisive penalty by Britain's Daniel Sturridge, left, during a men's soccer quarterfinal match between, at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. South Korea won 5-4 after penalties and advances to the semifinals. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

South Korea's soccer team beat Britain 5-4 in a penalty shootout on Saturday night, ending the host country's hopes for an Olympic medal in the sport it invented.

Britain hadn't fielded a men's Olympic soccer team since 1960, and there's no guarantee that the nation will field another unified team. With opposition from the football associations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, few see any chance of another team at the 2016 Rio Games.

— Chris Brummitt — Twitter http://twitter.com/cjbrummitt

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