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Lukas Klostermann of Germany celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the Men’s Football Semi Final between Nigeria and Germany on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Corinthians on August 17, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone – FIFA

Germany beat Nigeria 2 – 0 in Olympics football Semi-finals

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Germany on Wednesday defeated Nigeria 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Olympic football event, ending the country’s hope of a repeat of their 1996 feat at the games.

The Germans grabbed their first goal in the 9th minute when a Serge Gnabry’s clever pass into the box fooled the Nigerian defence for Max Meyer to latch on to.

Germany's Davie Selke (R) drives the ball past Nigeria's goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's football semifinal match at the Corinthains Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL
Germany’s Davie Selke (R) drives the ball past Nigeria’s goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s football semifinal match at the Corinthains Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL

The 20-year-old Schalke 04 attacking midfielder squared the ball for Lukas Klostermann to apply the finish with just a tap-in.

Substitute Niels Petersen grabbed the second goal in the 88th minute to seal victory for the Germans.

Germany are guaranteed their best ever finish at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. The European nation’s best finish before Rio 2016 was a bronze medal at Seoul 1988. Nigeria will look to add to their history of medals at the tournament when they go for bronze against Honduras in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

 

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