The Nigeria U-23 team, the Dream Team VI, were thrashed on Saturday, 6-2 by the Denmark U-21 team at the ongoing Suwon Invitational tournament in South Korea. The Samson Siasia led-team to represent Nigeria at this year’s Rio Olympics had earlier on, lost their opening match of the pre-Olympics tournament to hosts Korea 1-0.
Nigeria’s Erhun Obanor scored an own goal in the 26th minute from a cross. The Danes doubled their lead after 34 minutes, when Emil Larsen fired home. Erhun Obanor who was one of the most disappointing players for Nigeria had earlier on conceded an early penalty kick after handling the ball but goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel was able to stop the kick.
Emil Larsen added a second to extend their lead four minutes later and he completed his hat-trick nine minute after the re-start.
The first half had ended 3-0. Patrick Da Silva scored a fifth goal for Denmark in the 62nd minute, before Emiliano Marcondes completed the rout with a sixth goal on 75 minutes.
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Abdulrahman Taiwo came off the bench to net two consolation goals for Nigeria late in the game to give the scoreline a measure of respectability.
Nigeria were again punished for poor finishing with Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi the worst culprit. Awoniyi’s header in the 13th sailed over the bar narrowly. Awoniyi was then denied a goal with a last-minute clearance on 18 minutes. The Liverpool loanee again threatened the Denmark goal 10 minutes later after he could not finish off a pull-out by Sincere Seth. In the 51st minute, he missed another chance to reduce the deficit for Nigeria, and in the 64th minute, he saw his effort crash against the post.
With back-to-back defeats, Nigeria is under pressure to save face against Honduras in their last game. The desperately poor outing puts even more pressure on Siasia and his crew if their dream of a good outing in the Rio Olympics is to be achieved.