Rio 2016 - Sweden 0 Nigeria 1 As It Happened

Rio 2016 - Sweden 0 Nigeria 1 As It Happened

by Samm Audu

Monday Aug 08, 2016. 01:52

90+4 - Full time! Nigeria win their second straight win. They ought to have won by a bigger margin but Sweden shot stopper Linde was at his best

90+2 - Madu's shot from outside the box is too weak to trouble Linde in the Sweden goal

90+1 - Nigeria content to run down the clock as they still lead 1-0

90 - There will be four minutes of additional time

89 - Biggest chance for Sweden! But somehow Sincere gets his foot to the final ball and it will be a corner

The game is temporarily held up as Shehu appears to have suffered a head injury, the Portugal-based player is replaced by Ndifreke Effiong subsquently

86 - Sweden are piling on the pressure for at least an equaliser and win another corner, which is over-hit into touch

85 - Aminu is booked for a body charge inside his own half of the pitch

84 - Azubuike's shot from outside the box sails over the Sweden goal

82 - Sweden attack again and win a corner

81 - Sweden change Jacob Larsson in Adam Lundquist

80 - Skipper Mikel off, Kingsley Madu in, it's a defensive change as Siasia wants to defend the one goal now with 10 minutes left on the watch

79 - A disappointing free kick by Mikel

78 - Etebo is fouled on his way to goal and Ken Sema is booked as a result

75 - Fierce half volley by Ishak but this won't trouble the Nigeria goalie as it is not on target and moments later Etebo is again denied by the diving Linde

74 - Nigeria change - Umar Aminu in for Sadiq Umar

72 - Nigeria come close yet again - Etebo shoots at goal but Sadiq cannot get a touch to that effort

71 - Another chance for Nigeria goes begging as Sadiq fails to connect a low cross from the right

69 - Shot by Shehu from far off rolls into touch after a solo run by Etebo

67 - Mikel wins a free kick in his own half of the pitch

65 - Sweden are now pushing forward in search of an equalising goal, but Nigeria still bossing this encounter

64 - Etebo is flagged offside

62 - Sweden change - Alexander Fransson out, Ken Sema in

61 - Ezekiel turns sharplysmashes towards Sweden goal, but it ends up by the side netting

60 - An hour on the clock and it is still Sweden 0 Nigeria 1 as Adam Lundquist of Sweden is booked for a foul on Etebo

Sweden have not been much of a goal threat as their strikers have been outnumbered any time they go into attack

56 - Azubuike Okechukwu fires at Sweden goal but it fails to hit the target

55 - Nigeria still in control of this match, but they need a goal to put some distance between them and the European champions

52 - Super save by Linde! He denies Etebo his fifth goal of the tournament with a finger-tip save and from the corner Amuzie crashes against the side netting

50 - Sweden still staying back mostly in their own half of the pitch. Could the humidity be affecting their play?

48 - Big save by goalkeeper Linde as he gets away for corner a goal-bound shot by Mikel. BIG Chance for Nigeria to double their lead

46 - Nigeria restart the second half

First half over. Nigeria have been in complete control and go into the dressing room a goal up

45+1 - From the corner, Amuzie fires at goal, but it is off target

45 - Etebo wins another corner for Nigeria, the African champions are not letting up

42 - Siasia's team are playing a lot better than their opening game against Japan as they continue to pin Sweden back in their own half of the pitch

41 - Nigeria deserve their lead and Sweden will now need to come out and play football

39 - GOAL! Sadiq Umar scores with a diving header from Amuzie' s cross from the left

38 - The pressure is getting to Sweden now and from Shehu's dangerous cross, a defender almost put the ball through his own net

35 - Etebo fires again at goal, but his shot screams across the face of the Sweden goal and moments later, his header off a cross from the right misses target not by much

34 - Super play by Mikel, but his final pass to Sadiq Umar is over-hit, goal kick Sweden

33 - Timely tackle by Sweden to stop Imoh Ezekiel in his track

32 - Sweden, on the other hand, are trying to catch Nigeria on the counter

31 - Etebo fires at goal again but Sweden goalkeeper tips his shot for a corner

30 - Half an hour played and it is still 0-0

29 - Etebo fires at goal from inside the box, but a smart save by the Sweden goalie

27 - Foul by Troost-Ekong halfway across the Nigeria half of the pitch, free kick to Sweden

26 - Nigeria win another corner but it is headed away from danger

24 - Sweden are gradually coming into the game now but Nigeria still enjoy more of the ball with a 61% possession as against Sweden's 39%

23 - Ishak fires at goal from a long ball which again exposed the Nigeria defence, but thankfully the effort does not trouble goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel

21 - The pace of the game is a bit slow possibly because of the humid conditions

20 - Sweden shoot at Nigeria goal, but it is wide off the mark

16 - It remains Sweden 0 Nigeria 0, but it's the African champions who have dictated the pace, mostly pegging their opponents in their own half of the pitch

15 - Nigeria have impressed but still no goal to show for all their endeavour

13 - Etebo fouled deep inside Sweden's half of the pitch, free kick Nigeria but in the end nothing comes out of this set piece

11 - Nigeria have been the team on the attack as they win a third corner in quick succession

10 - Sadiq Umar is denied by the goalkeeper after he breaks free, Etebo follows up from the rebound but Nigeria fail to make the most of the biggest chance thus far

9 - Foul by Imoh Ezekiel, free kick to Sweden inside their own box

7 - Saadiq Umar caught offside

3 - Nigeria defender Troost-Ekong appears to have fouled a Sweden attacker who breaks free after a mistake by Sincere Seth, but the referee says play on

2 - Nigeria passing the ball with a lot of confidence, launch a dangerous attack but Sweden defend well

1 - Away we go! Sweden kick off this match of continental champions

The referee is Mike Conger from New Zealand

At least the correct national anthem of Nigeria has been played tonight unlike on Friday when it was not so

Pre-match formalities are on going now, Sweden national anthem followed by that of Nigeria inside a virtually deserted Amazonia Arena, which hosted four games when Brazil the 2014 World Cup

Like Nigeria, Sweden are also unchanged from their opening game

READ: Etebo equals 44-year Olympic record

Starting XI vs Sweden: Emmanuel Daniel – Stanley Amuzie, Sincere Seth, William Troost Ekong, Shehu Abdullahi – Azubuike Okechukwu, Mikel Obi, Usman Mohammed – Oghenekaro Etebo, Imoh Ezekiel, Sadiq Umar

Coach Samson Siasia has kept faith with the starting XI against Japan for tonight’s game against European champions Sweden

This means late comer Umar Aminu will have to start from the bench, while a defence which gave away four goals against Japan on Friday is also unchanged

On opening day action, Sweden played out a 2-2 draw with Colombia and Nigeria edged Japan 5-4

Welcome to the LIVE coverage of a Rio 2016 Olympics Group B match between African champions Nigeria and their European counterparts Sweden.

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