Germany booked a place in the Olympic Games football final against Brazil after clinching a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.
- Nigeria 0 Germany 2
- Klostermann opens the scoring
- Germany dominate the first half
- The Europeans fail to convert several chances
- Peterson taps in seconds from full-time
Germany had the lion’s share of possession and, as can be expected, also created the majority of the chances in the first half.
Lukas Klostermann took the first of those to put Germany a goal up, ending off a lovely team move by slotting a low cross past Nigerian keeper Emmanuel Daniel.
Several chances followed for Germany but none of them resulted in what would have been a deserved second.
Nigeria striker Umar Sadiq had two chances himself, the first denied by some good pressure from Timo Horn in goal and the second a goal-line clearance by Matthias Ginter.
Germany continued to pile on the pressure after the restart, creating two unconverted chances in the space of five minutes.
A quiet second half ended with a second goal from superb Nils Peterson, tapping home a pass from David Selke.
Germany had a great chance to open the scoring as early as the second minute. Brandt did well to dispossess the Nigerian defender and unleash a move that saw Serge Gnabry in an excellent position but the midfielder could’t get a shot off.
Klostermann had no such problems on nine minutes when Germany pieced together a beautiful string of passes. Max Meyer was the man who got the decisive low cross off and the defender was there to poke it home past Emmanuel Daniel.
Nigeria could have equalised a mere three minutes later as Timo Horn played a disastrous pass directly to Nigeria striker Umar Sadiq but the FC Köln keeper recovered and threw himself at the ball, recovering it before Sadiq could pull the trigger.
Jon Obi Mikel stunned spectators with a remarkable dummy in the box and set himself up to score an absolute beauty of a goal but Ginter managed to charge the ball down.
Germany dominated play from that point on, however, creating chances for Meyer, Selke and Lars Bender but none of them resulting in a goal.
On the stroke of halftime, Ginter did exceptionally well to deny Sadiq, executing a perfectly timed last-ditch goal-line clearance.
It was more of the same after the restart with Germany creating chance after chance without capitalising. Gantry was involved in the majority of these, forcing a save from Daniel and later providing a pass which Selke failed to convert despite rounding the keeper.
On 58 minutes, Gnabry failed to take advantage of a great opportunity, flashing high over the crossbar from a difficult angle despite having team-mates in scoring positions.
The pace of the match and Germany’s intensity settled somewhat and rendered the majority of the remainder of the half a somewhat unentertaining affair.
A minute from time substitute Peterson grabbed Germany’s second by getting himself on the end of a Selke pass to tap home from close range.