HALFTIME REPORT: Nigeria 3 Japan 2

HALFTIME REPORT: Nigeria 3 Japan 2
Nigeria U23 star Etebo

by Samm Audu

Friday Aug 05, 2016. 04:01

Nigeria lead Asian champions Japan 3-2 by half time in a Rio Olympics Group B match being played in Manaus.

The opening match of this group finished in a 2-2 draw between Sweden and Colombia and already the second game has produced as many goals after 45 minutes.

The Nigeria vs Japan clash was highlighted by an extraordinary start with as many as four goals within as many minutes.

In the seventh minute, surprise starter Sadiq Umar gave Dream Team VI a great start especially after the well documented hassles they encountered getting to Brazil from their training base.

Umar coolly slid home a rebound after the goalkeeper could not hold on to a shot by Imoh Ezekiel.

However, a minute later, japan drew level when they scored from the penalty spot after Stanley Amuzie foul inside the box.

But moments later, Oghenekaro Etebo regained the lead for Nigeria when he neatly controlled a long ball from the right before he finished off superbly.

Japan made it 2-2 almost immediately when they caught the Nigeria defence napping and Arsenal new signing Takumi Naminamo slotted beneath the diving Emmanuel Daniel.

Etebo then got his brace when he fired home off an assist by Sadiq Umar with three minutes to half time.

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