Colombia last night defeated Nigeria Dream Team 2 – 0 in Men’s First Round Group B match of Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Corinthians Arena, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
At the end of the match, Colombia secured their place in the knockout stages of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016.
During the tension filled match, A first-half strike from captain Teofilo Gutierrez and a second-half penalty from Dorlan Pabon ensured the South Americans joined their West African opponents in the quarter-finals.
Los Cafeteros took an early lead through their captain Gutierrez.
Pabon’s fine forward ball from the left flank according to Vanguard picked out “the unmarked Sporting Lisbon striker at the top of the Nigeria penalty box.
“Gutierrez then applied a neat volleyed finish to beat Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and give Colombia a fourth-minute advantage.
“The early goal gave Colombia the confidence to attack Nigeria’s backline and create more quality chances. In the 19th minute, Akpeyi denied Harold Preciado’s close-range header before Pabon caused another scare for the Africans after getting in behind the Nigerian defence before shooting wide.
“Colombia’s determination to reach the knockout stages was reflected in their willingness to extend their lead after half-time”.