Monday Aug 08, 2016. 01:00
Nigeria deservedly lead Sweden 1-0 by the interval of tonight’s Rio Olympics Group B match at Manaus.
In this match between continental champions, the African champions have been the brighter of the two, creating most of the chances and enjoying more of the ball.
European champions Sweden have been happier staying back in their own half and launching the occasional counters.
Four-goal hero Oghenekaro Etebo against Japan and Roma striker Sadiq Umar have been at the end of most of Nigeria’s chances but the Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Linde has been called upon to pull off some saves.
Sadiq finally put Nigeria in front on 39 minutes when he dived to head home a cross from the left by Stanley Amuzie.
The lanky Roma striker was denied by the Sweden goalie after just 10 minutes when he went clean on goal.
Etebo then forced a smart save from Linde in the 29th
minute, before the goalkeeper tipped his fierce shot for a corner two minutes later.
Sweden’s only opening chance was in the 23rd
minute, but Mikael Ishak sliced off target the half chance.