Dream Team wins Nigeria’s first medal in Rio
Nigeria U23 have copped the first medal for Nigeria in the football event of the Olympics, as the Dream Team sealed third place and won the bronze medal after defeating Honduras.
Sadiq Umar redeemed himself after his semi-final mess up and opened the scoring for Nigeria in the 34th minute after converting a pass from Samson Siasia’s impressive captain Mikel Obi.
Aminu Umar made it two for Nigeria four minutes after half time, much to the pleasure of fans. But it was Sadiq Umar that was the hero of the match as he found the back of the net again in the 56th to give Nigeria a 3 goal lead.
However, Honduras fought hard to level the score and they scored their first goal of the night courtesy of substitute Lozano in the 71st minute and then Periera scored a second minutes after to make it 3-2.
They tried but they could not find that last goal to level the score and the Dream Team made history as they claimed another medal in the football event of the Olympics. Nigeria is now one of the countries like Germany and Yugoslavia who have won medals in all the football events of the Olympics they have competed in. Well done Nigeria!
Brazil makes history with football gold medal
Rio 2016 hosts Brazil have claimed their first ever gold medal in the men’s football event, thanks to Neymar.
Quite an eventful final. Brazil opened the scoring, as Neymar fired a 25-yard free kick into the net, giving the hosts the lead at half time.
Germany came back stronger and were not about to go down without a fight. Their attempts at goal hit the woodwork a time too many during the first half and they came back with the intention of not making the same mistakes.
A few minutes into the second half, they got their chance and capitalized on it as Max Meyer slid home a shot to gift Germany a well deserved equalizer to level the scores once again.
Both sides were unrelenting, as each tried to get the better of the other but the gods of football wanted it to go beyond normal time and it did.
The match went into extra time and no goals surfaced so next up was penalties. It was going well for both sides until Nil Peterson’s penalty was saved by the Brazilian keeper. Neymar came next and scored the winner that sealed the gold medal for the hosts.
This win comes 2 years after Brazil was humiliated by Germany in the Brazil 2014 World Cup semi-final match that ended 7-1. Revenge is a dish best served 2 years after or at least that’s what the Brazilians think as they got their sweet revenge over Germany for the first time since that loss.
America wins 4×400 women’s relay
For the sixth consecutive time United States have won the women’s 4X400 relay! Basically, they own this sport.
In a time of 3.19.06 Allyson Felix led her team mates to claim gold, as she won her fifth track and field medal, making her the fifth most decorated female Olympian in all sports.
Jamaica who won bronze the last time in London 2012, upped their game and came second this time in 3:20.24 to claim the silver medal.
But it was Great Britain who shocked the world and claimed a bronze medal, as the absence of Russian athletes, who usually secure the top 3 spot was duly noted. Britain have now 66 medals, surpassing their 65 medals from the last Olympics.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan