Nigeria’s U-23 team have secured a place in the semifinals of the Rio Olympic Games Men’s football after beating Denmark 2-0 at the Fonte Nova Arena, Salvador on Saturday.
The Nigerian team started the game like a house on fire as they attacked Denmark from all angles of the pitch but couldn’t make their dominance count as they failed to convert their goal scoring chances in the first 15 minutes.
However, John Obi Mikel scored from close range in the 16th minute after a brilliant pass from Imoh Ezekiel to give the team an early lead. Nigeria could have extended their lead to three or four goals but for poor finishing in front of goal they went into half time with just one goal.
At the resumption of the second half, the Danish team took possession of the midfield as they searched for that all important equalizer but the presence of William Troost-Ekong in the defense kept them at bay. In an attempt to push the Dream Team back on the wall, Denmark decided to make use of the long balls which didn’t really yield positive results for them.
Nigeria eventually got the needed second goal in the 52nd minute as Aminu Umar headed into the back of Denmark’s net to seal the team’s qualification to the semifinals of the Rio Olympic Games. They will face Germany in the next round on Wednesday in a bid to book a final ticket for a gold medal.