Nigeria’s U-23 Team Beat Sweden in Rio 1-0, Zoom into Olympic Quarterfinals

Nigeria's Sadiq Umar heads the ball into the net against Sweden
Nigeria’s Sadiq Umar heads the ball into the net against Sweden.

Nigeria’s U-23 team have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympic Games Men’s football after beating Sweden 1-0 at the Amazônia Arena on Sunday to remain top of group B.

Sadiq Umar’s well-timed header from Stanley Amuzie’s tailored cross in the 39th minute was enough to condemn the European champions to defeat and ease the pressure from the team ahead of their fixture against Colombia on Wednesday.

The Dream Team’s early domination of possession coupled with some good exchange of passes in the midfield failed to yield a goal as the duo of Sadiq and Oghenekaro Etebo wasted some glorious chances for the team.

The European champions never threatened the Nigerian goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel who was on holiday thanks the alertness of William Troost Ekong and Sincere Seth in the defense. Nigeria’s continuous attack never resulted to a goal, until the 39th minute when Umar scored with a diving header from Amuzie’s cross from the left flank to break the deadlock.

Nigeria could have extended their lead in two occasions when Etebo’s curled ball was parried away to the corner by Sweden goalkeeper, Andreas Linde. An attempt to peg the Dream Team back proved abortive as the Nigerian defense prevented the Swedish team from scoring. Much to the delight of Nigerian fans the Men’s football results have been superb, especially with a rocky start ahead of their first game against Japan.