Rio 2016: Nigeria 0 Germany 2 - As It Happened

Rio 2016: Nigeria 0 Germany 2 - As It Happened
Nigeria Olympic team - Sincere Seth is squatting second right

by Samm Audu

Wednesday Aug 17, 2016. 22:53

Game over! Germany face Brazil in Gold medal match, while Nigeria will battle Honduras in the bronze medal match

Germany have been tactically better than Nigeria and they took their chances well so much so that there was always going to be only one winner tonight in Sao Paulo

90+3 - There will be three minutes of added time, but even that cannot get Nigeria out of jail

89 - GOAL! Germany get their deserved second goal. Sub Petersen with the goal when he tapped home an acute angle. The game has ran away from the African champions now

87 - Germany win a corner as pour forward again

86 - Mikel draws another foul, but nothing comes out of the free kick yet again

83 - Germany change - Meyer out, Peterssen in

Nigeria have not really been in this game, but the game has stayed 1-0 because Germany have given them too much respect

80 - Ginter of Germany is booked for a foul on Ajayi, free kick in a very good position for Nigeria now, but Amuzie blasts it into the stands

77 - The lively Gnabry is taken off and replaced by a defender, Philippe Max

77 - Lars Bender booked for late push on Mikel

76 - Germany change - Proemel in for Sven Brender

74 - Yet another corner to Germany

71 - Nigeria change, Ndifreke out, Saliu in

70 - It is still only a goal separating both teams with 20 minutes left on the clock

The Germans have curtailed the attacking threat of Nigeria

64 - Nigeria change - Sadiq Umar out, Junior Ajayi in

63 - Sadiq Umar draws a foul, free kick to Nigeria in a good position. Mikel's free kick crashes against the sidenetting

62 - Troost-Ekong has worked very hard in the Nigeria defence

61 - Germany's Gnabry caught offside

60 - An hour played and it remains Nigeria 0 Germany 1

57 - Germany attack again and Ekong clears the danger for a corner, moments later the lively Gnabry's left-footed shot screams over the bar. It's the Germans who look like scoring again as Nigeria concede yet another corner

56 - Usman Mohammed fouls, free kick against Nigeria

54 - Nigeria attack still not clicking as they fail to trouble the opposing defence yet again

51 - Germany remain in attack with occasional bursts by Nigeria

47 - Gnabry is denied by a fine save by Nigeria goalkeeper, who pushes a goal-bound shot for corner and moments Gnabry and Selke combine top open the defence, but still fail to double their lead

46 - Germany restart the second half

Nigeria must have to step up their game if they are to stand any chance of reaching the Gold medal match against hosts Brazil at the Maracana on Saturday

END OF FIRST HALF

45+1 - And at the other end of the pitch, Sadiq Umar sends Aminu through on goal only for a timely German tackle to put the ball out for a corner

45 - Gnabry has all the space in the world around the Nigeria box, but his control lets him down and it's another big relief for the Africans

42 - Selke should have scored a second goal for Germany but the close attention of Troost-Ekong puts him off from connecting a dangerous low cross from the right home

41 - Nigeria concede yet another corner

Nigeria must step up their game especially in attack if they really wish to play in Saturday's Gold medal match

37 - Selke shot from top of the box is well held by the Nigeria goalkeeper

36 - Sadiq Umar is crowded out by German defenders

35 - Shot by skipper Meyer, which does not miss by much as Germany loo to extend their lead

31 - Goalkeeper Daniel gets a hand to a through ball, it was a timely intervention by the goalkeeper to deny the lurking Gnabry

30 - Half an hour played and Germany maintain their one-goal lead as first, Sadiq Umar and then Mikel come close to getting an equaliser from inside the box, they instead get a corner that is well defended

28 - Offside against Germany

26 - Nigeria have failed to really trouble a very organised Germany back four

23 - Gnabry again splits open the Nigeria defence, but somehow the Nigeria defence regroup to clear their lines

22 - Germany win a corner, but nothing comes out of it

20 - Nigeria goalie Daniel makes a point-blank save off Lars Bender, the shot stopper keeps NIgeria in the game

19 -yellow card to Ndifreke after a dangerous tackle on Gnabry

18 - Nigeria attack has really not got going as another attack breaks down easily

16 - It remains Nigeria 0 Germany 1

14 - Germany stay in attack, keeping their opponents mostly in their own half of the pitch

12 - Nigeria get a chance to draw level but Sadiq Umar fails to take a gift presented by the Germany goalie right inside the box. What a big miss!!

9 - GOAL! Germany go ahead, deservedly so. Lukas Klostermann is the scorer when he slides him a low cross by skipper Meyer

7 - Germany are keeping Nigeria on the offside, they really want to check the attacking forays of the Dream Team VI

The crowd at the Arena Corinthians are fully behind the African champions and boo every move of the Germans...

5 - Ezekiel is caught offside

4 - Aminu has been bright and lively for Nigeria in the opening minutes

3 - Imoh Ezekiel fouled and Gnabry is booked for the late tackle

2 - Nigeria defence recover from a slip after another Germany attack

1 - Away we go! Nigeria kick off

The two teams file out - Nigeria in all-white and the Germans sporting an unfamiliar grey top and black shorts

The heat is expected to work in favour of the African champions

Tonight's match has taken a much added importance as Nigeria's medal hopes now seem to rest on the shoulders of coach Samson Siasia's side after athletics, boxing and wrestling failed to deliver in Rio

READ:  PREVIEW - Nigeria vs Germany

Starting XI Germany: Horn, Tolijan, Klostermann, Ginter, Suele, S.Bender, Meyer (captain), L. Bender, Selke, Brandt, Gnabry

Germany will start dangermen Brandt and Arsenal ace Gnabry, who has netted six goals thus far. Brandt wrecked Nigeria at last year's FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand

Starting XI: Emmanuel Daniel – Shehu Abdullahi, Stanley Amuzie, Sincere Seth, William Troost-Ekong – Ndifreke Effiong, Usman Mohammed, Mikel Obi - Umar Aminu, Sadiq Umar, Imoh Ezekiel

Abia Warriors utility player Ndifreke Effiong has replaced suspended Azubuike Okechukwu in Nigeria’s starting XI against Germany in tonight’s Rio Olympics semi-final in Sao Paulo.

Umar Aminu keeps his place in Nigeria first team after he replaced the injured Oghenekaro Etebo in the quarterfinal against Denmark and scored.

Brazil smashed past Honduras 6-0 to reach the final earlier today

This is the second semi-final with the winners up against a rampant Brazil on Saturday for the Olympics Gold

Welcome to the AfricanFootball.com LIVE coverage of the Rio Olympics semi-final between Nigeria and Germany




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