NIGERIA 3-2 EUROPE: Olympic Eagles Have Slight Edge Vs Denmark

NIGERIA 3-2 EUROPE: Olympic Eagles Have Slight Edge Vs Denmark

Nigeria U-23s will face Denmark in the quarter-finals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday in Salvador. This is the first time both teams will square off in the football event at the games. The last time both teams met was at this year's Suwon Invitational in South Korea which Denmark won 6-2.

But Nigeria have faced other European teams numerous times in the men's football event of the Olympics.


Ahead of the quarter-final meeting between the Olympic Eagles and Denmark , Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI takes a look at how Nigeria have fared against European teams at previous Olympic Games…

SPAIN 3-0 NIGERIA (Group Stage: Mexico City 1968 Olympics)

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Nigeria's first ever encounter against an European team in the football event at the Olympic Games was against Spain in Mexico City in 1968.

After losing 3-1 to Japan in their opening game, Nigeria went on to lose 3-0 to Spain, to crash out of the games.

Goals from Toni Grande (brace) and Orturo sealed the win for Spain.

Nigeria then played 3-3 against Brazil in their last group game.

NIGERIA 1-1 CZECHOSLOVAKIA (Group Stage: Moscow 1980 Olympics)

The next European team Nigeria squared off against was against Czechoslovakia in Moscow 1980 Olympics.

It was Nigeria's second group game after losing 3-1 to Kuwait in their opening game.

Former international, Henry Nwosu, scored with six minutes left, after Ladislav Vizek had given Czechoslovakia a 25th minute lead to end the game 1-1.

Colombia beat Nigeria 1-0 in their last group game to end their campaign at the Moscow games.

YUGOSLAVIA 3-1 NIGERIA (Group Stage: Seoul 1988 Olympics)

Yugoslavia were Nigeria's third European opponents at the Olympic Games.

Both teams met in the group stage of the Seoul 1988 games with Yugoslavia winning 3-1. It was Nigeria's second game after losing 4-0 to Brazil in their first match.

Nigeria went on to lose 1-0 to Australia in their last group game to end a disastrous campaign.

NIGERIA 1-0 HUNGARY (Group Stage: Atlanta 1996 Olympics)

The Nigerian team to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta opened their campaign against Hungary.

The Dream Team edged the Hungarians 1-0.

The only goal of the game was scored by skipper Nwankwo Kanu.

Nigeria went all the way to final and defeated Argentina 3-2 to win Africa's first ever Olympic football gold.

NIGERIA 1-1 ITALY (Group Stage: Sydney 2000 Olympics)

At the Sydney 2000 Olympics, defending champions Nigeria were drawn in the group stage with Honduras, hosts Australia and an Italian side that had Andreas Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and Christian Abbiati.

Nigeria drew 3-3 against Honduras in their first game and beat Australia 3-2 in their second game.

In their last group game against Italy, they needed to avoid defeat to be guaranteed qualification into the quarter-finals.

Garba Lawal put Nigeria ahead from the penalty spot after Abbiati fouled Victor Agali.

But an own goal by Gbenga Okunowo made sure both teams shared the spoils and progress together into the knockout stage.

NIGERIA 0-0 NETHERLANDS (Group Stage: Beijing 2008 Olympics)

After missing the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Nigeria returned to the games in Beijing and were grouped with Netherlands, Japan and USA.

Nigeria's first group game was against Netherlands that had the likes of Roy Makaay, Rosthen Drenthe and Ryan Babel.

After 90 minutes of a cagey encounter, both teams settled for a 0-0 draw.

Victories against Japan and USA secured a quarter-final spot for Nigeria who went on to win silver in Beijing.

NIGERIA 4-1 BELGIUM (S/Finals: Beijing 2008 Olympics)

Belgium were the next European team Nigeria met at the Beijing Olympics.

It was in the semi-finals with Nigeria winning 4-1.

Goals from the late Olufemi Olubayo, Chinedu Obasi and Chibuzor Okonkwo gave Nigeria the emphatic win.

Vincent Kompany, Jan Verthongen, Thomas Vermaelen, Kevin Mirallas and Maroune Fellaini all featured for Belgium.

Nigeria finished second after losing 1-0 to a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentine side in the final.

NIGERIA 1-0 SWEDEN (Group Stage: Rio 2016 Olympics)

The last European team Nigeria played against at the Olympics was Sweden in the group stage of the on-going Rio Games.

It was Nigeria's second game which they won 1-0 thanks to Umar Sadiq.

The group's other games saw Nigeria beat Japan 5-4 and lose 2-0 to Colombia.

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