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Sweden 2-1 Nigeria! Olympic Eagles Must Defy History To Win On Sunday

After their heroics against Japan in their first Group B match of Rio 2016 Olympics men's football event, the U-23 Eagles will return to the pitch on Sunday to face Sweden.

This is the first time both countries will cross path at the Olympics. But on head-to-head in all competitions, Sweden are one step ahead of Nigeria‎. The two countries have clashed four times in the past. Sweden won two, Nigeria won one, while a between the two ended in draw.

 

Looking ahead to the Sunday's Group B match, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI recollects the past encounters, at all levels, between Nigeria and Sweden.

SWEDEN 3-1NIGERIA (Friendly: 1994)

Prior to the start of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States of America, the Super Eagles took on Sweden in a friendly game as part of their preparation.

Missing key players, the Super Eagles paraded the likes of late Stephen Keshi, Alloy Agu, Finidi George, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu.

But it was Sweden who took the lead through Stefan Schwarz, before former Celtic, Manchester United and Barcelona forward, Henrik Larsson made it 2-0 before half time.
 
The Eagles halved the deficit, making it 2-1 after substitute Wole Odegbami got on the score sheet.

Sweden finally sealed the win as Klas Ingesson scored to end the encounter 3-1.

SWEDEN 2-1 NIGERIA (Group Stage: 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup)

After narrowly losing 1-0 to a star-studded Argentine side in their first group game at the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup, the Super Eagles faced Sweden in a must-win game.

The Eagles took the lead after Julius Aghahowa connected with Joseph Yobo's cross.

Close to the end of the first half, Sweden were levelled through Henrik Larsson.

In the second half, Sweden secured the three points as Larsson converted from the penalty spot to end the tie 2-1 after Ifeanyi Udeze committed a foul inside the 18-yard box.

The loss to Sweden led to the Eagles' exit at the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup.

NIGERIA 3-3 SWEDEN (Group Stage: 2013 U-17 World Cup)

The Golden Eaglets squared off against Sweden in their second group game at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Sweden took a 2-0 lead through Valmir Berisha.

Success Isaac made it 2-1 before the end of the first half.

Musa Yahaya equalised for the Eaglets, but they found themselves behind again as Mirsa Halvadzic put Sweden 3-2 up.

The Eaglets kept pressuring the Swedes and their effort paid off as Taiwo Awoniyi scored to end the match 3-3.

NIGERIA 3-0 SWEDEN (Semi-Final: 2013 U-17 World Cup)

Both the Eaglets and Sweden met again, this time in the semi-final of the 2013 U-17 World Cup.

This time, it was the Eaglets that prevailed, thanks to a 3-0 victory against their European counterpart.

Goals from Taiwo Awoniyi, Samuel Okon and Chidera Ezeh, sealed the win for the Eaglets.

The Eaglets went on to defeat Mexico 3-0 in the final and claimed a fourth U-17 World Cup title.

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