Colombia defeated Nigeria 2-0 at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on Wednesday to reach the quarter finals of the Rio Olympics Game.
Colombia got out to an early lead as Teofilo Guitierrez opened the scoring for his team in the fourth minute.
Harold Preciado almost doubled Colombia’s lead in the 19th minute, but Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi made a reflex diving save to keep his side in it.
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Nigeria had its best chance of the first half when Oghenekaro Etebo received the ball at the top of the box, but he dragged his shot wide of the goal. Etebo was later taken off due to injury.
The Nigeria midfield, marshaled by veteran John Obi Mikel, struggled to create chances for most of the first half.
In the 63rd minute, Colombia’s Dorlan Pabon converted a penalty kick to double his team’s lead, which they maintained for the rest of the second half to earn three points.
Coach Samson Siasia rested goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel for Daniel Akpeyi and handed Kingsley Madu, Saliu Popoola, Aminu Umar and Ndifreke Udo their first starts since the competition started.
Japan vs. Sweden
The Group B play Match Day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s soccer tournament also saw the match between Japan and Sweden.
Both teams went into the match needing three points each to have a chance at qualifying for the quarterfinals. Japan was able to get those three points, defeating Sweden 1-0.
However, it turns out that was not enough to get the Japanese through as Colombia’s win over Nigeria eliminated Japan and Sweden.
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Colombia joins Nigeria in the quarter finals where they both await the qualifying teams from Group A which has Denmark, Brazil, Iraq and South Africa contending for the two spots.