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.
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.