Nigeria celebfrates goal at Rio Olympics Image: dailypost.ng

Nigeria celebrate goal at Rio Olympics                         Image: dailypost.ng

Nigeria on Monday qualified for the football  quarter finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics on Monday as they defeated Sweden 1-0.

With the win, the African football giants also retained their position as the leader of Group B at the Games with six points.

The Dream Team VI gathered its first three points on Friday when they thrashed Japan 5-4.

Umar Sadiq scored the only goal of the match at the 41st minute when he connected a cross by teammate Stanley Amuzie with a header which dazed the Swedish goalkeeper Linde Andreas.

The match was, however a ding-dong affair that fell short of international competitive football standard as neither of the two sides showed any particular drive to win.

The Nigerian side, which played mostly defensive football throughout the match, lost more than eight scoring chances to poor finishing.

The Swedish goal tender ensured that he frustrated many of the more than eight other scoring chances that Nigeria had by parrying shots away from the goalmouth, those from Oghenekaro Etebo, inclusive.

Etebo was the thorn in the flesh of the Japanese in Nigeria’s 5-4 victory over the Asian country’s side on Friday.

The team went away with its first three points on Friday when it defeated Japan at the same Arena Amazonia.

 

Author: Cerebral Lemon