Unless the U-23 national team defeat Honduras on Saturday, the entire Nigerian contingent to the Rio Olympic games may return empty handed.
Germany defeated Nigeria in the semi-final clash on Wednesday by two goals to none to set up a Germany/Brazil clash for the gold medal.
Left-back Lukas Klostermann was the unlikely goalscorer on the evening when he made a bursting run forward and tapped in an open goal from captain Maximilian Meyer’s cross on the ground in the ninth minute. The goal was Klostermann’s first at any level for the German national team.
Tactically, Germany were the stronger side in the first half. Nigeria were unable to break quickly enough when they had counter-attacking opportunities.
In the second half, Germany started on the front foot with Gnabry continuing on with his positive form from the first half. He had a shot on goal saved by Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel in the 58th minute. Daniel did well to get low and parry the effort out for a corner kick to prevent his side from going two goals down.
In the end, Germany did enough to frustrate Nigeria, preventing the African side from having any clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.
Substitute Nils Petersen then made sure of Germany’s spot in Saturday’s final when he latched onto a low cross from forward Davie Selke in the 89th minute.