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Aminu Umar (L) of Nigeria vies for the ball with Lars Bender (R) of Germany during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s semifinal football match Nigeria vs Germany, at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 17, 2016. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP

Aminu Umar (L) of Nigeria vies for the ball with Lars Bender (R) of Germany during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s semifinal football match Nigeria vs Germany, at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 17, 2016.<br />NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP

Nigeria’s U-23, the Dream Team, on Wednesday failed to progress to the final of the men’s soccer Olympic tournament as they lost o-2 to Germany at the Corinthians Arena.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Lukas Klostermann got an early goal and substitute Nils Petersen added another in the closing minutes of the second half as Germany defeated Nigeria.

The first five minutes were a very lively affair as both sides attempted an early goal. However, it was the Germans who utilised their very first chance at goal.

Serge Gnabry slipped a clever first-time pass into the path of German’s captain Max Meyer who squared for Klostermann to tap home at the back post after only nine minutes into the game.

Nigeria was presented with an opportunity of theirs a minute later but Sadiq Umar missed a glorious chance to restore parity after the German goalkeeper committed a blunder.

Nigeria enjoyed a foray forward into Germany’s half and Mikel Obi found space in the box and lashed a shot towards goal but the captain was quickly closed down by the German defence.

Germany dominated the game, but Nigeria created a few chances in the final 10 minutes to give their opponents something to think about at the break.

Nigeria began the second half brightly, with Imoh Ezekiel causing problems through some direct running at the German defence, but the Germans were resolute at the back.

However, it was German substitute Petersen who turned a team-mate’s shot into a cross to score at the back post and ended the Dream Team’s hope of a final berth with Brazil.

NAN reports that Brazil which earlier routed Honduras 6-0 in the other semi-final encounter will play Germany in Saturday’s final.

Nigeria will now slug it out with Honduras for a shot at the Bronze medal.


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  • Okorobinako

    When they named this Ibo boy the Olympics team captain,we knew nothing good will come out of that team.Oliseh was not wrong when he aptly described the Ibo boy as been grossly overated.

  • Patrick N. Nnate

    How can anybody talk like this. Only fools will say Ibo boys don’t contribute positively to Nigerian sports, talk less of football where they have always dominated and won laurels for this country. One even thinks it was because of quota system where Siasia’s selection was heavily influenced to bring in a good number of northerners to dominate the team that made them fail. Ibos have always dominated Nigerian teams at all levels and success have always been ours. If they come home with bronze, it won’t still be bad. Please stop causing problems with your HATE AND PAROCHIAL mind-set.

  • AriseNigeria

    The Nigerian team although confused and looked disorganized and amateur , but they deserve gold medal for “courage” after such humiliating treatment from Buhari-the-dog chain government. I applaud their courage.