Nigeria faces Germany in semifinal showdown
In the second men’s soccer semifinal, Nigeria and Germany meet on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Nigeria has had a wild ride at the 2016 Olympics, arriving for its first match against Japan just six hours before kickoff. Despite this, the team beat Japan 5-4 and followed that up with a win over Sweden before losing 2-0 to Colombia.
The Nigerians then came back to take down Denmark 2-0 in the quarterfinals to set up a matchup with the Germans.
Germany finished in second place in Group C despite only getting two points from its first two matches. The team then found its form in a 10-0 drubbing of Fiji and continued its strong play in the quarterfinals, defeating a strong Portugal side 4-0.
Nigeria vs. Germany features two of the highest scoring teams in the tournament. Nigeria has scored 10 goals in its four matches while Germany has 19 goals.
Nigeria is led by captain John Obi Mikel. The Chelsea midfielder was selected as one of the team’s overage players. He plays behind Nigeria’s front line, which is loaded with talented players including Sadiq Umar, Imoh Ezekiel and Oghenekaro Etebo.
Germany’s Serge Gnabry is the leading goal scorer at the Olympics with six goals. He has scored in all four of Germany’s matches since he came on as a substitute in the team’s Olympic opener.
Gnabry has been a consistent threat on the left side, cutting in to the middle of the field on his stronger right foot. He also has two goals from free kicks.
This should be an exciting match with plenty of scoring chances for both sides.