Nigeria beats Honduras

The Nigerian U23 men’s side claimed the bronze medal at the Olympic Games, after defeating Honduras 3-2 on Saturday evening.

The Nigerians enjoyed an encouraging start to the game, a Aminu Umar struck the upright after eight minutes.

Honduras started seeing a bit more of the ball as the half went on and could have taken the lead after 23 minutes, but Daniel Akpeyi produced a fine save to keep out Rommen Quioto from distance.

Nigeria showed some real attacking intent and were rewarded in the 32nd minute thanks to a strike from Sadiq Umar, with John Obi Mikel picking up the assist.

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The Dream Team were in control after taking the lead and managed to deny the Hondurans a clear-cut for the rest of the first half.

Nigeria doubled their lead five minutes into the second half, as Aminu Umar fired home a right-footed effort from inside the box.

Umar completed his brace just before the hour-mark when he latched onto a  ball from Mikel, before firing into the bottom corner, 3-0.

Honduras managed to reduce the deficit in the 70th minute when Anthony Lozano clinically slotted past Akpeyi from close range.

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The Hondurans pulled another goal back in the 86th minute, as Marcelo Pereira headed home Oscar Salas’s free-kick to set up a nervy finish.

However, the Nigerians managed to see off the late surge to claim the victory and the bronze medal.

 

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