Friday, 5 August 2016
Nigeria beats Japan 5-4 in their first match at the 2016 Rio Olympics
The Nigerian U-23 team did a great job beating Japan 5 goals to 4 in Manaus on Thursday just hours after landing in Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Oghenekaro Etebo became the first Nigerian to score a hat-trick at the Olympics.
There were 8 goals scored in 77 minutes.
Sadiq Umar got the goal fest underway, putting Nigeria ahead barely five minutes in. Three minutes later Japan was awarded a penalty, which Shinzo Koroki converted from the spot to level the score at 1-1.
Two minutes later, Takumi Minamino scored again for Japan, tying the score at 2-2.
After the first 15 minutes there came a period of relative calm until Etebo struck again three minutes before halftime, taking the jet-lagged Super Eagles into the break with a one goal lead.
Nigeria extended the lead five minutes into the second half after Umar went down in the box and won a penalty. Etebo completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot to make it 4-2, Nigeria.
Nigeria scored again in the 66th after Japanese goalkeeper Masatoshi Kushibiki rushed out to shut down an attack, leaving his net unattended for a charging Etebo who promptly made it 5-2 in the 66th minute.
In tthe 70th minute substitute Takuma Asano who side-heeled in a cross from Hiroki Fujihara from close range made it 5-3.
Moments later Asano, who was recently signed by Premier League giants Arsenal, rocketed an effort off the post although the whistle had blown for offside.
Japan scored again in extra time through substitute Musashi Suzuki who pulled the ball back away from the defense and slotted it to the far post past Nigeria keeper Emmanuel Daniel, settling the score at 5-4 in Nigeria’s favor.
Posted by Ekpedeme Albert