Sao Paolo – Nigeria’s Dream Team succumbed to the technical prowess
of Germany as the African champions lost 2-0 to the Europeans in the semifinal
of the men’s football event at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
One goal in each half by Lukas Klostermann and substitute Nils
Petersen gave the Germans the needed victory to set up a final with host
After catching the Nigerian defense lapping a couple of
times, Lukas Klostermann found the back of the net just nine minutes into the
game, finishing from a fine cross that ensured Emmanuel Daniel’s outstretched
arm couldn’t get to it.
Nigeria almost drew level three minutes later when
goalkeeper Timo Horn slipped while trying to pull out a back pass that gifted
Umar Sadiq the ball, the Nigerian failed to tip the ball past Horn who
eventually rescued the situation.
Umar again missed another chance in the half hour mark off
an Imoh Ezekiel pass, though he quickly gave the ball to Mikel who dribbled two
defenders inside the box but his shot was blocked for a corner.
As the first half comes to an end, Nigeria again came close
to scoring but the German defense will prevent Aminu Umar.
The second half was more boring than expected from the beginning
as the Germans now takes things cool and easy.
Nigeria gained more of ball possession but were always
turned back by a solid defense of their opponent as the game entered its final
Nigeria had a freekick at the edge of the German box in the
final ten minutes but was shot wide by Stanley Amuzie.
Mikel won another freekick for the Dream Team but it was as
Nils Peterson finally got the winner for Germany in the 89th
minue, four minutes after coming in for Maximilian Meyer.
Nigeria will now play Honduras in the third place match.
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