Colombia U23 2-0 Nigeria U23:
Gutierrez and Pabon score to secure

The South Americans defeated the
African champions in Wednesday’s
game to reach the quarter finals of Rio
Colombia defeated Nigeria 2-0 at the
Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on
Wednesday to reach the quarter finals
of the Olympic Games.
They beat a Nigeria side that made five
changes to its starting line after already
qualifying as Group B leaders courtesy
of their opening wins against Japan
and Sweden.
Coach Samson Siasia rested
goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel for Daniel
Akpeyi and handed Kingsley Madu,
Saliu Popoola, Aminu Umar and
Ndifreke Udo their first starts since the
competition started.
It was the Colombians who got off the
starting blocks with the better intent as
captain Teofilo Gutierrez pounced on a
pass from Diego Pabon to knock it past
Akpeyi for the opening goal.
The Nigeria midfield, marshaled by
veteran John Obi Mikel, struggled to
create chances for most of the first
Nigeria’s best chance fell to
Oghenekaro Etebo in the second half
but he scoffed his shot after a pass
from Mikel.
A raft of changes by Siasia, who
brought on Imho Ezekiel, Usman
Muhammed and Stanley Amuzie, was
not enough as los Cafeteros remained
solid in the back.
Colombia cemented their win late on
after Akpeyi brought down Harold
Preciado inside the box. The goalkeeper
was lucky to get a yellow card for the
late challenge on forward.
After turning provider in the first half,
Pabon stepped up to take the penalty
kick and he wasted no effort in
shooting an emphatic strike past the
goalkeeper for the South American’s
Despite Japan’s 1-0 defeat of Sweden
in the other Group B game, Colombia
joined Nigeria in the quarter finals
where they both await the qualifying
teams from Group A which has
Denmark, Brazil, Iraq and South Africa
contending for the two spots