Rio 2016: Nigeria and Portugal progress, Brazil held again

Nigeria celebrate their win over Sweden

Nigeria celebrate their win over Sweden

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The Rio 2016 Olympic men’s football tournament found its first two quarter-finalists, but the hosts were kept scoreless again.

Nigeria and Portugal became the first teams to qualify for the Olympic men’s football tournament quarterfinals, while hosts Brazil were held again. 

The 2008 runner-up Nigeria backed up its thrilling 5-4 win over Japan with a 1-0 victory against Group B opponents Sweden, courtesy of Sadiq Umar’s first-half goal. 

Portugal, which defeated Argentina in its Rio 2016 opener, made it two wins from two in Group D on Sunday with a 2-1 come-from-behind triumph against Honduras. 

Neymar’s Brazil is still without a goal from their opening two Group A games of the tournament, held to another 0-0 draw, this time by Iraq.

Denmark boosted its chances of progression to the next round with a tense 1-0 win against South Africa, while Argentina got off the mark in Group D with a 2-1 victory over Algeria. 

Germany scored late through Serge Gnabry to salvage a 3-3 draw with South Korea in Group C, and Japan battled from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw against Group B rivals Colombia. 

Meanwhile, Fiji scored its first ever Olympic goal in their Group C clash with Mexico, but despite leading at halftime went down 5-1 to the defending champion. 


Wellington Phoenix forward Roy Krishna made history with Fiji’s first goal at the Olympics, heading the South Pacific nation into a 10th-minute lead. 


However, Mexico struck back in the second period, with Erick Gutierrez scoring four of their five goals in a 5-1 win.


“I take the blame for every chance I could not take advantage of, but I made one and I took the pressure off myself. It was as if I was fighting against the goal,” Argentina’s match-winner Jonathan Calleri on his performance in front of goal.

“Thirty seconds is too early to say we went wrong in the game. What happened was a mistake, a bad pass and the Honduras’ player set up a goal for the striker, in a very difficult area to mark,” Portugal coach Rui Jorge, after his side went down inside the first 30 seconds in their win against Honduras.


The third and final group matches take place on Wednesday, with Brazil needing a win against Denmark to guarantee a spot in the last eight. Argentina also needs to beat Honduras if it’s going to make it through to the quarters, while Mexico has a tough clash against South Korea.

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