Argentina beat Brazil 3-0 on Tuesday to qualify for the Olympic football final, where the team will face Nigeria in a repeat of the gold-metal match of the 1996 Atlanta games.
The defending champions, inspired by
It means that Brazil, despite being five-time World Cup winners, must wait another four years for a chance to win their first Olympic gold after coming up short twice before in final appearances in 1984 and 1988.
Aguero scored his second five minutes later when Messi released defender Pablo Zabaleta on the right and his pass was slotted home from close range.
Riquelme killed off the game with a 76th minute penalty after Aguero was brought down by Bayern Munich defender Breno.
It was wretched night for the Brazilians with
Olubayo Adefemi opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi netted a brace before Chibuzor Okonkwo hammered the final nail in
Substitute Laurent Ciman pulled one back in the dying minutes but it was too little too late.
"It was unbelievable. You just have to look at the scoreboard," said
The Nigerians, with the inherited experience of six Olympics, pressed the attack and a sustained period of pressure resulted in the opener.
The Belgian defence was at fault, failing to clear the ball and it fell to Adefemi inside the box and he slotted it underneath the diving Bailly.
At the other end, Ajax midfielder Jan Vertonghen struck a beautiful volley after connecting perfectly with a lofted corner kick, only to see Nigerian keeper Ambruse Vanzekin somehow keep it out.
The Africans got the all-important second goal after 59 minutes, but they were fortunate as Ogbuke Obasi looked to be offside when Everton's Victor Anichebe fed him the ball.
He put it in the net with the outside of his left boot and Chilean referee Pablo Pozo allowed it to stand.
The match was put beyond doubt with 18 minutes remaining when Obinna laid off the ball to a rampaging Ogbuke Obasi who hit a powerful strike from 25 yards that gave Bailly no chance.
A long-range effort from Okonkwo in the 78th minute added to
"We deserved it," said Odemwingie. "We have the confidence to win a gold medal for
Date created : 2008-08-19