Nigeria crash out of 2012 Olympics
Nigeria have crashed out of the 2012 Olympics after they fell 2-1 to Senegal, while hosts Morocco advanced to the semi-finals of the qualifying tournament after they defeated Algeria 1-0.
The Dream Team V thus failed to live up to their billings in Morocco as they have lost their first two matches and the race for second spot in Group A is now between Algeria and Senegal, who now have three points each.
Nigeria will battle Algeria in Tangier Friday night, while Senegal take on Morocco in Marrakech.
Against Nigeria Tuesday night, Senegal took the lead after 35 minutes when big striker Kara Mbodji delivered a lopping header from the top of the box past a groping goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye.
They doubled their lead eight minutes later, when Abdou Sane capitalised on slack defending on the left side to fire a low shot which beat Ajiboye by the near post.
Four minutes after the interval, Daniel Uchechi pulled a goal back for Nigeria when he slotted past onrushing goalkeeper Ousmane Mane after he was put through by Gbolahan Salami.
Nigeria, who struggled to lift their game past the ordinary especially in the first half, carved two gilt-edged chances late on with Salami failing to get his effort beyond Mane from six yards out.
Ajiboye made a great save off Senegal skipper Badji on 68 minutes to keep Nigeria in with some hope.
He would also save off Lopy inside the box very late in the game after the clumsy Edet Ibok struggled to clear out another Senegal attack.
In the earlier game of the day, Morocco booked a passage to the semi-finals of the competition after they defeated North African rivals Algeria 1-0.
Adnane Tighadouini was the super sub when within five minutes of coming on in the second half he fired home the match winner from 20 metres.