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4 August 2016

Breaking: Nigeria wins Japan 5-4

Nigerian Olympic male football team, popularly
called the Dream Team, on Friday, beat the
Japanese U-23 side 5 goals to 4, in a pulsating
encounter which held at the Manaus Stadium, in

The Coach Samson Siasia tutored boys defied all
the odds to defeat Japan in the thrilling Group B
encounter in Manaus despite arriving in Brazil
just hours before their first game in the early
hours of Friday.
Oghenekaro Etebo was the star of the show,
scoring four goals, while the impressive Umar
Sadiq added the other goal to secure the win for
Nigeria, reports Compelete Sports.
Japan had the game's first chance but Emmanuel
Daniel made a point blank save before Sincere
Seth cleared away for a corner.

The game got off to a blistering start when Sadiq
opened the scoring in the fifth minute after imoh
Ezekiel's initial shot was stopped by Japan
A minute later Japan equalised from the penalty
spot through Shinzo Koroki after Amuzie fouled
inside the box.
In the ninth minute, Etebo put Nigeria ahead
again with a left foot strike off a cross from Shehu

Japan were back on level terms through Takumi
Minamino on 13 minutes following a fine intricate
passes which split the Nigerian defence open.
Amuzie, in the 19th minute, hit a long range
strike which Japan keeper palmed away for a
Few minutes later, Ezekiel made a timely block
which went away for a corner.
In the 31st minute, Ezekiel sent in a low cross
which failed to connect with a Nigerian player.

Etebo came close to putting Nigeria in front on 38
minutes but blazed his effort over the bar.
In the 42nd minute, Etebo made it 3-2, pouncing
on a poor clearance after his initial effort came off
a Japanese player.
On the stroke of half time, Etebo had the chance
to score Nigeria's fourth but didn't get a clean
header from Sadiq's cross.
Etebo got his hat-trick and made it 4-2 in favour
for Nigeria after Sadiq was fouled inside the box.
In the 61 minutes Mikel Obi hit a left foot strike
which went narrowly wide.

Etebo made it 5-2 for Nigeria in the 67th minute
after Japan keeper made a harsh of his clearance.
Substitute Asano reduced the deficit in the 70th
Nigeria made their first change on 71 minutes
with Kingsley Madu replacing Usman

In the 77th minute Daniel rushed out of his line
to make a save.
Ndifreke Udo was introduced for Ezekiel in the
79th minute.
Nigeria made their last change on 86 minute with
Mikel coming off for Popoola Saliu.
And in the 95th minute, Musashi Suzuki made it

Nigeria now top group B and will face Sweden on
Sunday while Japan will face Colombia.


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