Colombia vs. Nigeria
Nigeria and Colombia were the first and second place teams respectively going into their match on Match Day 3 of the Olympic men’s soccer tournament.
Following Colombia’s 2-0 win, that did not change as both teams advanced to the quarterfinals.
Colombia got out to an early lead as Teofilo Guitierrez opened the scoring for his team in the fourth minute.
Harold Preciado nearly doubled Colombia’s lead in the 19th minute, but Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi made a reflex diving save to keep his side in it.
Nigeria had its best chance of the first half when Oghenekaro Etebo received the ball at the top of the box, but he dragged his shot wide of the goal.
In the 63rd minute Colombia’s Dorlan Pabon converted a penalty kick to double his team’s lead.
Colombia maintained its 2-0 lead for the rest of the second half to earn three points.
Japan vs. Sweden
Both Japan and Sweden went into Match Day 3 needing three points to have a chance at qualifying for the quarterfinals. Japan was able to get those three points, defeating Sweden 1-0.
However, it turns out that was not enough to get the Japanese through as Colombia’s win over Nigeria eliminated Japan and Sweden.
In the opening 45 minutes, Japan controlled the match creating the majority of the scoring opportunities while Sweden struggled going forward producing just one shot.
In the second half it was much of the same through the first 15 minutes as Japan continued to test Sweden’s defense.
In the 63rd minute, Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Linde had to make consecutive saves to keep the score tied. Linde first saved a header from Wataru Endo and then stopped the rebound attempt from Musashi Suzuki.
However, a few minutes later Japan’s Shinya Yajima connected with a Ryota Ohshima cross to give Japan a 1-0 lead.
Japan was able to keep Sweden scoreless for the remainder of the match to win 1-0.