Wins for Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria, Holland, Belgium & Ivory Coast at the Olympics

China 0 – Brazil 3 (Olympics, August 13, 2008) Brazil moved ahead against China in the 17th minute, Ronaldinho’s through-ball to Diego exposed the high defensive line held by the Olympic hosts, and the Werder Bremen playmaker rounded the keeper to slot home. Thiago Neves added two more goals in the second-half, the first on 69 minutes was a fine free kick and the second four minutes later was a long range daisy cutter into the far corner.

Argentina 2 – Serbia 0 (Olympics, August 13, 2008) Argentina took the lead over Serbia with Lavezzi’s second goal in as many games, converting form the spot after Di Maria was felled in the box. Ten minutes prior to full-time Di Maria missed a pen but Buonanotte grabbed the second with a terrific free-kick six minutes from time.

Nigeria 2 – USA 1 (Olympics, August 13, 2008) The USA were put under pressure within four minutes when Michael Orozco was sent off for elbowing Okoronkwo. Goals from Isaac Promise (great assist from Chinedu Obasi) and Obinna Nsofor (cracking finish) gave the Africans the win, Kljestan pulled one back for the Americans from the penalty spot late on. Nigeria finished in first place of Group D.

Holland 1 – Japan 0 (Olympics, August 13, 2008) Gerald Sibon scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute. Holland progressed to the quarters, coming second in Group D.

Cameroon 0 – Italy 0 (Olympics, August 13, 2008) (First half highlights .) Both sides qualified for the quarter-finals with the draw, but the Africans were forced to play out the majority of the match with only 10-men after Mandjeck was sent off.

New Zealand 0 – Belgium 1 (Olympics, August 13, 2008) Faris Haroun headed home the only goal to set up a clash with the Italians in the quarter-final.

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Ivory Coast 1 – Australia 0 (Olympics, August 13, 2008) Salomon Kalou (sporting a mohawk) scored the only goal on 81 minutes to set up a clash with Nigeria.

South Korea 1 – Honduras 0 (Olympics, August 13, 2008)

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