NIGERIA DEFEATS JAPAN 5-4 IN THRILLING RIO OLYMPICS OPENING GAME

NIGERIA DEFEATS JAPAN 5-4 IN THRILLING RIO OLYMPICS OPENING GAME

NIGERIA DEFEATS JAPAN 5-4 IN THRILLING RIO OLYMPICS OPENING GAME

NIGERIA DEFEATS JAPAN 5-4 IN THRILLING RIO OLYMPICS OPENING GAME

The dream team VI made us proud in the early hours of this morning by defeating Japan by 5 goals to 4 in a thrilling match.

The dream team VI preparation has been enmeshed in terrible planning and execution with the team arriving Rio from Atlanta just 7 hours before the game with Japan.

They would have been forgiven for putting in a poor performance since they didn’t even have enough time to train and rest.

Ogenekaro Etebo was the man of the match as he scored 4 goals in a thriller that will go down as one of the most interesting football games in the history of the Olympics.

The game started off on bizarre note as the wrong anthem was played for Nigeria. The team look flushed as the anthem played out before it was rectified.

The organisers apologised later for the mix-up.

Striker Sadiq Umar scored the first goal after he pounced on a rebound after goalkeeper Masatoshi Kushibiki had blocked a shot from Imoh Ezekiel.

Stanley Amuzie’s gave away a penalty after a strong tackle on Takumi Minamino inside the Nigeria box. Shinzo Koroki stepped up to take the spot kick and he slotted the ball past Emmanuel Daniel who dived the wrong way to make it 1-1.

Etebo scored the other four goals but Japan fought well to bring the tie to a frenetic end which saw the game end after 9 goals had been exchanged.

Nigeria now top the group after Sweden and Columbia played out a 2 all draw earlier on.

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