After series of delays and disappointments, Nigeria’s Men’s Football team at the Olympics beat their Japanese counterparts 5 goals to 4 on Thursday night in Brazil (Friday morning in Nigeria).
An early goal was scored by Nigeria’s Sadiq Umar 7 minutes into the game.Shinzo Koroki retaliated 2 minutes later for Japan.
Nigeria retook the lead with a goal from Oghenekaro Etebo in the 11th minute but not for long as Takumi Minamino leveled the score 2 minutes later.
For about thirty minutes there were no goals until Etebo came to the rescue, scoring 3 for Nigeria at the 42nd, 51st (penalty), and 66th minute of the game, putting Nigeria 3 goals ahead of Japan.
The Japanese struck back with two goals before full time, but they were not sufficient to grant them victory.
The game ended 5-4 with the Dream Team clinching their first victory in Rio!
Congrats team! We hope Atlanta ’96 repeats itself.
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Source: Bella Naija