Great news for all of Nigeria from the ongoing Olympics in Rio. Nigeria trash Denmark in their quarterfinal match to qualify for next stage.
Nigeria’s Dream Team VI look set for the Olympic gold as they defeated Denmark 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Olympics men football on Saturday.
Captain Mikel Obi gave Nigeria the lead in the 16th minute with Umar netting a second 14 minutes into the second half.
Coach Samson Siasia’s dream of leading the team to win gold in this year’s Olympics received verve with the win at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.
John Mikel Obi played a major role in Nigeria’s progress to the semifinals.
The Chelsea midfielder, one of the two overaged players in the Samson Siasia-led Under-23 team, scored the opener.
Mikel again assisted Aminu Umar to score the second to increase Nigeria’s chances of going home with a medal at this year’s Olympics.
Nigeria Trash Denmark 2-0
Nigeria started the game without Oghenekaro Etebo, who suffered an injury in their last group game against Colombia.
15 Minutes into the match, Nigeria’s captain, Mikel Obi, opened scoring, with an assist from Imoh Ezekiel through the left flank.
Several chances were missed by Mikel Obi’s team-mates to increase the scoreline before the half time period.
However, in the final 10 minutes to the break, Mikel again swept in a wicked cross in the Danish area which just flashed across goal with no one to convert.
Within seconds, Stanley Amuzie ventured out of his left-back position to smash a fierce effort at goal which was deflected out for a corner.
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On the stroke of half-time, Nigeria’s goalie, Daniel saved a shot from Edigerson Gomes, ensuring Nigeria’s one-goal lead was maintained.
Nigeria began the second half with so much energy but nearly conceded a goal in the 55th minute.
A free kick from Brunn Larsen was saved by goalkeeper Daniel through unconventional means to keep Nigeria’s one-goal lead intact.
Three minutes later, a well-struck corner kick by Mikel was converted by Aminu Umar to give Nigeria a two-goal lead after 59 minutes.
As Nigeria has qualified for the semifinals, they will now face Germany in their next match.