Belarus beats New Zealand 1-0

Updated: July 26, 2012, 5:31 PM ET
Associated Press

COVENTRY, England -- Dmitry Baga scored in the first half to give Belarus a 1-0 win over New Zealand in their Group C opener at the Olympics on Thursday.

Baga converted a header just before halftime, and Belarus held on to the narrow lead to secure the three points at City of Coventry Stadium.

Belarus dominated the first half, but New Zealand came out strong in the second half. It just was unable to break through the Europeans' defense.

Belarus faces tournament favorite Brazil on Sunday in its second game of the group stage. New Zealand plays Egypt.

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