Nigeria’s dreams of winning gold in men’s football at the Rio Olympics ended on Wednesday night with defeat to Germany at the semi final stage of the competition. They would play Hungary for the bronze medal.
Lucas Klostermann got Germany’s first goal on 10 minutes before Nils Peterson added a second on the 88th minute mark. The result was Nigeria’s second loss in a row having lost to Colombia in their last group game.
Despite the Colombia loss, Samson Siasia’s team qualified from their group after beating Denmark and Sweden and were hoping to win gold following the lead of the Olympic team that won gold in Atlanta 1996 Games.
Skipper of the side, John Mikel Obi later wrote on Twitter that the team gave their best but luck was not on their side, ‘‘We will keep going for bronze, to make Nigeria proud,’‘ he added.
We gave everything last night but luck wasn't on our side. We will keep going for bronze, to make Nigeria proud 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/yxqvfIGThN— Mikel John Obi (@mikel_john_obi) August 18, 2016
Neymar’s historic 15 seconds goal
The Hungarians lost the other semi-final game against hosts and favorites, Brazil. The talk of the game however was how skipper Neymar Junior scored the fastest goal in the history of Olympics football.
It took the Barcelona forward just 15 seconds to score for his side. The Brazilians thumped their opponents by 6 – 0 to set up a final with Germany.
FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) August 17, 2016