Dream Team to go for Bronze after semi-final loss to Germany
Germany proved to be the much better side as they defeated Nigeria by 2-0 in the second semi-final at the Arena Corinthians stadium.
The Nigerian side, which was missing Etebo, was a sharp contrast to the team that defeated Denmark, even though it was pretty much the same line up.
The Nigerian defence struggled and were no match for Germany, who found ways to dismantle the Dream Team’s defence. Though, Ekong’s performance was commendable as he saved the team a time too many.
Germany scored the first goal 9 minutes into the first half, securing the lead early on, courtesy of a set piece from Gnabry, which was converted into a goal by Klostermann.
Nigeria tried but could never quite find the back of the net as our attack fumbled. Mikel had the best chance of the night after disabling Germany’s defence (for a minute there, we thought he was Messi) but his shot was deflected to a corner.
Despite several changes made in the second half, Nigeria’s lackluster performance continued, as chances could not be converted to goals.
Germany scored the final goal in the 86th minute to secure their final ticket, much to the horror of Nigerian fans.
Nigeria will now face Honduras in the third place match and we have no doubt that they will win. Go for bronze Nigeria!
Impressive Neymar leads Brazil to Olympic final
Brazil has qualified for the final of the men’s football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
After a somewhat rocky start in the competition, Brazil has proven themselves to be favorites after they defeated Honduras by 6-0, in the first semi-final that took place on Wednesday.
Neymar registered his name on the score sheet just 15 seconds into the first half, taking advantage of a defensive error to score the fastest goal in Olympic history.
The early goal seemed to ruffle Honduras’ feathers as they struggled defensively and could not quite keep with Brazil. The hosts got another chance in the 26th minute, when Gabriel Jesus slid the ball home after a wonderful pass from Luan.
The Neymar-Gabriel Jesus combination rocked havoc in Honduras defense and 10 minutes after, Gabriel Jesus scored a third, thanks to an assist from Neymar, 10 minutes before half time.
Even though it was quite obvious that they had qualified for the final, Brazil did not let on. Marquinhos scored the fourth for the Selecaos, much to the pleasure of fans.
Luan who was impressive all through, found the back in the 79th minute to make it 5-0. Neymar scored the final goal at stoppage time to seal a resounding win for Brazil.
Official: Mahrez pens new 4-year deal with Leicester City
If you thought Riyad Mahrez was set for a move away from Kings Power stadium, you were wrong. He has committed himself to Leicester City, after signing a new deal.
Mahrez, who has followed in the footsteps of fellow teammate Jamie Vardy, opted to stay with the foxes amid rumors that he was set for a move to a big European club.
Leicester City could not hide their delight at signing the talented midfielder, see the statement below:
“Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce that Riyad Mahrez has signed a new contract, committing his future to the Foxes until June, 2020,” the club’s statement reads. ”The reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year signs new terms after playing a starring role in City’s unforgettable Premier League title triumph last season – the latest stage of a remarkable journey for the 25-year-old Algerian in Leicester City colours.
“Signed from Le Havre of the French second tier in January 2014, Riyad’s two-and-a-half-year spell with Leicester has seen him establish himself as an Algeria international, a Premier League champion and one of the most feared attacking players in Europe. He scored 17 goals and contributed 11 assists last season in the most remarkable title triumph in Premier League history.” ”He joins the likes of Wes Morgan, Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King in signing new deals with the Club this summer, bolstering Claudio Ranieri’s squad for the Club’s first ever Premier League title defence.”
Rio 2016: Thompson snaps 200m gold medal
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson gave a dazzling run to seal the gold medal in the women’s 200m final.
The 24-year old, who had earlier won the 100m gold medal, finished the race in 21.78 seconds, 13 seconds ahead of Netherland star Dafne Schippers. America’s Tori Bowie, came third to seal the bronze medal, to add to the country’s vast collection of medals that has been won in Rio.
Thompson could not hide her delight at following the footsteps of the likes of Veronica Campbell.
It is a very special and welcoming feeling for me. I think my light has shined,” Thompson told BBC Sport.
“Watching Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and then putting my name there is an amazing feeling.”
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan
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