Nigeria take on Germany in the semi-finals of the men’s football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, 17 August.
Where to watch live
Kick-off is set for 8pm Nigeria time. The football matches of the Rio 2016 Olympics will be telecast live on NTA Network TV.
Germany reigned supreme over Portugal in the quarter-finals, beating them 4-0 in what turned out to be a one-sided affair for the World Champions. Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry put the Germans ahead as they ended the first half on the ascendancy. The 21-year-old has scored in each of the four games he has played, scoring six goals in the process.
Germany emerged second from their group behind South Korea, beating Fiji and defending gold medalists Mexico to the knock-outs. The World Champions drew 2-2 with Mexico and 3-3 with South Korea before smashing Fiji 10-0 while qualifying for the knock-out stage. Their attack has been one of the best in the tournament but a lack of defensive nous could act as a deterrent as they look to confirm themselves a medal in the final.
Nigeria have shown that they belong in the big stage after cruising past Denmark on their way to the knock-outs. Captain Jon Mikel Obi has his sights on an Olympic gold and has revealed that he has the blessings of new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Mikel scored the opener for Nigeria before doubling the score just ahead of the hour mark to beat Denmark 2-0.
Possible XI: Akpeyi – Shehu, Madu, Amuzie, Troost-Ekong – Mikel, Etebo, Mohammed – Junior, Ezekiel, Umar
Possible XI: Horn; Toljan, Ginter, Sule, Klostermann; L. Bender, S. Bender; Brandt, Goretzka, Meyer;Selke