Nigeria and Colombia have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics after the South Americans dumped the African champions 2-0 ...
Nigeria and Colombia have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics after the South Americans dumped the African champions 2-0 in a final group game early Thursday.
Despite the defeat Nigeria still won Group B with six points, while Colombia finished on five points and remain unbeaten in Brazil.
Colombia also defeated Nigeria 1-0 when both teams clashed in the 1980 Olympics. They made history by qualifying for the group stage for the first time.
Japan finished third with four points after they pipped Sweden 1-0 in the other game in this group.
Colombia went in front as early as the fourth minute goal through skipper Teofilo Guiterrez in this Rio Olympics final Group B match in Sao Paulo. It was his third goal of the campaign.
They then doubled their lead from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute through Darlon Pabon after goalkeeper Apeyi had upended a Colombia player inside the box.
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia rested several key stars for this game ahead of the knockout rounds of the competition.