Germany yesterday ended Nigeria’s dream of picking the Rio Olympic football gold as they handed the Samson Siasia’s tutored side a 2-0 win in the semi final. Host Brazil had earlier dismissed Honduras 6-0 in the first semi final.
The Germans had shot into the lead through a ninth minute strike from Lukas Klostermann which they held on to until the 89th minute when Nils PETERSEN beat the Nigerian defence to put the game beyond the Nigerians.
Germany will now face hosts Brazil in the gold medal game on Saturday in Rio, while Nigeria take on Honduras with the bronze medal at stake same day. Germany created the better chances, while the Siasia boys hardly troubled the opposing defence, who adopted the offside tactic to curtail their offensive threat.
Nigeria were gifted a big chance by the German goalkeeper Horn to equalize three minutes after the opponents went in front when his poor clearance fell to Sadiq Umar inside the box, but he somehow blocked the effort.
In the 20th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel made a point-blank save off Lars Bender to keep his team in the game.
And on half of the hour, Sadiq Umar and then Mikel could not capitalize on another slip by the German defence.
But Germany created the better chances in the first half – skipper Meyer saw his shot from outside the box miss target not by much and two minutes later, Selke’s shot from top of the box was firmly held by the Nigeria goalie.
In the 42nd minute, Selke failed to get a good touch to another low cross from the right with Troost-Ekong breathing down his neck, before Gnabry failed to make the most of another good chance minutes later.
In first half stoppage time, Sadiq Umar put Aminu through on goal, only for a German tackle right inside the box put the ball out for a corner.
Meanwhile Germany who are also in the final in the women’s category will have their hands full when they take on Sweden who dismissed the Brazilian ladies on penalties in the semi final for the gold medal tomorrow.