Samson Siasia boys, the Nigeria’s Dream Team on Sunday 7th August, progressed to the quarter-finals at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament of Rio 2016 after a 1-0 victory over Sweden in Group B. by Sadiq Umar header in the 40th minute at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus ensured maximum six points from two games.
The AS Roma player made no mistake, scoring with a diving header for the African under-23 champions.
Coach Hakan Ericson used all three of his substitutes — Ken Sema, Muamer Tankovic and Jacob Une Larsson – to try and give his team a new dimension.
But, in the end, Nigeria’s backline was up to the challenge and held on for all three points
The Swedish goalkeeper had to be alert four minutes later when Etebo dribbled inside the corner of the penalty box and attempted a curling effort, but Linde once again saved.
Sweden team have a must-win match ahead against Japan in Salvador if they are going to continue their Rio 2016 journey.
Nigeria Dream Team will close out group play against Colombia in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.