Mikel fires Nigeria to Olympic semi-finals

Nigeria produced a dominant display of football in their Rio Olympics quarter-final fixture as they beat Denmark 2-0 in Salvador on Saturday evening.

Despite the odd lapses of concentration for the Nigerian defence, the 2-0 scoreline flattered the Danes on the day, with the African side looking like clear gold medalist favorites after their AFCON U23 champions exploits.

Goals in either half from Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel and Aminu Umar's thumping header set up Samson Siasia's side for a mouthwatering semi-final fixture against Germany, who ran riot in a 4-0 win over Portugal earlier in the day.

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry gave the Germans the lead with his sixth goal in the competition's four games as Germany booked their spot in the semi-finals of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Gnabry converted just before half-time with a low strike, and Matthias Ginter doubled Germany's advantage from a corner after the break. Davie Selke added a third goal after 75 minutes before Philipp Max rubbed further salt in the wounds of the Portuguese just before the full-time whistle.

Nigeria U23 2-0 Denmark U23

Portugal U23 0-4 Germany U23

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