Nigeria’s U-23 team failed to rise to the occasion as the team were beaten 2-0 by Germany in Wednesday’s Rio Olympic Games Men’s football semi final match at the Corinthians Arena.
Nigeria’s U-23 team failed to rise to the occasion as the team were beaten 2-0 by Germany in Wednesday’s Rio Olympic Games Men’s football semi final match at the Corinthians Arena. The Dream Team VI were made to pay for their poor organisation in the defence as Lukas Klostermann scored with a simple tap-in to give the Germans an early lead in the 9th minute after a brilliant pass from the right flank.
Nigeria could have equalised immediately after Germany goalkeeper Timo Horn gifted the ball to Sadiq Umar in the 18 yard box but he hurriedly hit the ball back to the goalkeeper without precision and could have passed the ball to Mikel Obi in the second attempt that could have slotted the ball to the back of the net.
The Germans dominated the Dream Team VI in terms of possession and they deservedly got their reward with a second goal in the 89th minute through Nils Petersen to end any hope of a comeback from the Nigerian side. The Germans deserved their lead after nine minutes through big defender Lukas Klostermann, who steered home a low cross from the right.
But they left it late to double their advantage a minute to full time through substitute Petersen, when he turned in a pass from an acute angle.
Nigeria were gifted a big chance by the German goalkeeper Timo Horn to equalize three minutes after the opponents went in front when his poor clearance fell to Sadiq Umar inside the box, but he somehow blocked the effort.
In the 20th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel made a point-blank save off Lars Bender to keep his team in the game.
And on half of the hour, Sadiq Umar and then Mikel could not capitalize on another slip by the German defence.
But Germany created the better chances in the first half – skipper Meyer saw his shot from outside the box miss target not by much and two minutes later, Davie Selke’s shot from top of the box was firmly held by the Nigeria goalie.
In the 42nd minute, Selke failed to get a good touch to another low cross from the right with Troost-Ekong breathing down his neck, before Serge Gnabry failed to make the most of another good chance minutes later.
In first half stoppage time, Sadiq Umar put Aminu through on goal, only for a German tackle right inside the box put the ball out for a corner.
The Dream Team VI will now play Honduras,who lost 6-0 to Brazil in the third place match for the bronze medal position.