How Mikel, Umar fire Nigeria into semi-final

Team Nigeria captain  John Obi Mikel and Aminu Umar were on the score sheet as the Nigerian U-23 put their troubles behind to beat Denmark 2-0 and qualify for the Semi-finals with a potential match against Germany.

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The Olympic Eagles pushed hard against the Danes with Ezekiel Imoh running at their defence and one of such incursions paid off in the 16th minute, when he cut back and laid a pass into the box. Mikel picked it up and coolly finished off to ease the tensed up Nigerian team.

Nigeria dominated the game but failed to make it count. Imoh danced into the box but his shot blazed over the bar. He could have laid a pass to Mikel and Umar who were waiting for the ball.

The Danes launched a fight back in the second half, but the Nigerian defence cleared their lines coupled with good goalkeeping by Emmanuel Daniel.

In the 59th minute Umar got the second goal to kill off the game.  Nigeria will play Germany on Wednesday and this is a clear chance for a medal for the country.

 

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