Rio Olympics 2016: Nigeria beat Denmark, to face Germany in football semis

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Salvador, Aug 14: John Obi Mikel and Aminu Umar sent Denmark packing while getting Nigeria into the semi-finals of the Olympic men's football tourney with a solid 2-0 victory that puts them on the road to a collision with Germany.

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Chelsea midfielder Obi Mikel grabbed the lead for Nigeria 16 minutes into the match at Fonte Nova Stadium here on Saturday, and Umar, a striker for the Turkish club Osmanlispor, added the finishing touch, reports Efe.

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With little to stop Samson Siasia's squad or any soccer strategems that might level the playing field for Niels Frederiksen's team, the game took on a bureaucratic rhythm until the final whistle by Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci.

Hours before at Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, the German team smashed Portugal 4-0 with goals by Serge Gnabry, Matthias Ginter, Davie Selke and Philipp Max.


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