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Monday, August 8, 2016

RIO 2016 ...Nigeria qualifies for quarter-finals

Nigeria defeated Sweden in their second group game of the ongoing 2016 Rio Olympics to book a place in the quarter final. Determined to dictate the pace of the match, the Dream Team VI went on an early rampage with Umar Sadiq and Mikel Obi forcing saves from Sweden’s goalkeeper, Linde Andreas, in the 9th and 10th minutes respectively.

Oghenekaro Etebo, who banged four goals past Japan’s goalkeeper in their first game of the competition, was denied time after time by Andreas. Sadiq finally broke the deadlock at the 39th minute when he nodded home a looping cross from Stanley Amuzie. Sadiq Umar scored a wonderful header from Amuzie’s cross from the left. The Dream Team had the chance to score at least five goals with Etebo and Sadiq Umar in particular missing simple chances.

In the second half, Sweden goalie Andreas Linde saved his team more humiliation, saving efforts from Etebo twice and Mikel Obi. The Nigerian  Dream team have qualified for the next round.

Nigeria tops the Group B table with six points ahead of Colombia; who have a game in hand and a point, Sweden are third with one point, while Japan are bottom of the table with no point and a game in hand. 

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