Nigeria is through to the semi-finals of the 2016 Olympic football tournament.
John Obi Mikel and Aminu Umar scored the goals, at either side of half time, to send the Dream Team VI to Sao Paulo for a meeting with Germany on Wednesday. Nigeria was the most attack minded side. Imoh Ezekiel shone like a bright star for the Dream Team, a constant thorn in the neck of the Danes.
Here is how the game unfolded !
. 90+3 – Game over! And Nigeria wins Denmark.
90+1 – There will be three minutes of added time
89 – Nigeria change – Imoh Ezekiel out, Popoola Saliu in
88 – Super attacking play by Nigeria but Junior Ajayi fails to get it on target for Nigeria
86 – Nervous moment for Nigeria defence but somehow Denmark failes to score.
84 – Nigeria changes – Azubuike out, Ndifreke Udo in and Sadiq Umar out for Junior Ajayi
82 – Corner to Nigeria after Usman’s shot at goal takes a deflection
80 – Yellow card to Azubuike and he will miss the semifinal against Germany as this is his second booking of the tournament
78 – Denmark goalkeeper collides with his defender during the Nigeria attack
77 – Nigeria attacks again and it is rounded up by a powerful shot at goal by Azubuike
76 – Denmark shot at goal is blocked.
74 – The Nigeria defence has been solid tonight and they clear their lines yet again to keep their clean sheet
70 – Denmark makes two changes.
69 – Mikel Obi is booked .
66 – Denmark keeping the ball, but they need to push forward more if they are pull back a goal
65 – Scoffed shot by Denmark but it won’t trouble the Nigeria goalie
63 – Shehu clears the line for Nigeria as Denmark attack again
61 – Imoh Ezekiel header off another corner is narrowly off the target
60 – An hour played and it is Nigeria 2 Denmark 0
Nigeria look to be now on their way to semis against Germany
59 – GOAL! Aminu scores for Nigeria with a header off a corner by Mikel
58 – Amuzie shot is scuppered for a corner by the Denmark goalie
56 – Unconventional save by Nigeria’s Daniel from a Denmark free kick taken from a good position
54 – Skov in, Borsting out for Denmark
50 – Nigeria suspect defence have done well so far and that is why the African champions remain in front
48 – Denmark foul inside the Nigeria box, free kick to Dream Team VI
Nigeria pile the pressure on their opponents, just as they did early in the first half
46 – Denmark get the match started again
It has been an entertaining first 45 minutes with Nigeria enjoying a bright start and they deserved their goal, but Denmark have fought back and forced two big saves from the Nigeria shot stopper Emmanuel Daniel
45+1 – Late rally by Denmark, but both teams go into the dressing room with Nigeria a goal up
44 – Nigeria’s Sincere booked and moments later Nigeria goalkeeper makes a big reaction
38 – Amuzie’s shot is deflected for a corner for Nigeria
35 – The Nigeria defence has held out so far, Nigeria 1 Denmark 0
32 – Denmark are playing a lot better now despite being a goal down. They have now pegged Nigeria back in their defence
31 – Usman Mohammed booked for a late tackle
30 – Half an hour played, Denmark need to be more composed in front of the opposing goal if they are to get back into this game
27 – Nigeria goalkeeper saves from point-blank range as Denmark go in search of an equalising goal. Another big save by Emmanuel Daniel
25 – Top reaction save by Nigeria goalkeeper to keep out a goal-bound header for a corner. Thus far Denmark’s biggest opening
23 – Denmark are losing too many balls in midfield as Nigeria boss the possession
21 – At the other end of the pitch, Denmark attack and win another corner, foul on the Nigeria goalie and free kick to the Africans
20 – Imoh Ezekiel is causing Denmark all sorts of trouble, he dashes into the box but his final ball misses the mark. Should have been Nigeria’s second goal
17 – Denmark fight back and win a corner now
15 – GOAL! Mikel fires home off a cutback by Imoh Ezekiel
14 – Gomez clears the lines for Denmark as Nigeria attack yet again
11 – Dipping volley by Kasper Nielsson of Denmark crashes against the bar, Nigeria goalie well beaten…
10 – Nigeria still all and about as Denmark gradually get into this game
Certainly a very start for the African champions, but they need to make this count by scoring goals
7 – Nigeria stay in the attack, but yet to find the back of the net despite all their attacking initiatives
4 – Shehu is caught offside on the right flank as Nigeria stay on attack
Nigeria attack from the first whistle but the Danes weather the early storm
1 – Nigeria kick off this match
Nigeria starting XI vs Denmark: Emmanuel Daniel – Stanley Amuzie, Shehu Abdullahi,Sincere Seth, William Troost-Ekong – Azubuike Okechukwu, Usman Mohammed, Mikel Obi – Imoh Ezekiel, Sadiq Umar, Umar Aminu