Fans can watch the Nigeria vs. Denmark football match live online and see which team moves through to the semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The teams will face off on Saturday at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET/8 p.m. in Nigeria).
For those watching football at the Rio Olympics for the first time, there may be some familiar faces missing from both squads. The Olympics tournament is an Under-23 format, so fans will see the stars of tomorrow and just a handful of players who have made a name in major European leagues.
Nigeria has reached the final eight after winning Group B on the strength of wins over Japan and Sweden in their first two matches. Despite a loss to Colombia on Thursday, the Super Eagles had enough points to advance.
But after giving up two goals in the loss this week, Nigeria coach Samson Siasia said the team must take a stricter focus on defense against a sharp Denmark squad.
“Of course when you make too many changes, it won’t work the way you expected. Going into the knock–out stage, that’s a different ball game,” he said (via Sahara Reporters). “If you lose, you go home, so all those mistakes we have been making mostly in the backline have to be corrected. We didn’t do a good job on the Colombian forwards. We really have to work harder on our defending.”
Fans who watch the Nigeria vs. Denmark football match live online will see an unlikely run for a Nigerian team that at one point wasn’t sure if it would even make it to Rio. That’s not speaking of the team’s amazing run through the African U23 Championship last year that earned them an automatic bid into the 2016 Olympics, but instead, the travel difficulties that almost prevented the team from arriving at all.
The team ended up stranded in Atlanta just hours before they were set to kick off their first match against Japan last week, as the plane they had chartered was too small to fit the entire team.
“The players were uncomfortable with the size of the plane,” team media officer Timi Ebikagboro told BBC Sport.
That came after the Nigerian team had already been delayed due to a problem with payment for their charter. The team had a problem with its bank accounts and currency conversions, BBC Sport reported.
“The money paid by the [sports] ministry for the charter flight did not hit airline’s account on Tuesday so they refused to fly the team to Brazil,” a source close to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) told the UK sports outlet.
In the end, officials at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport worked with Delta to get them off the ground and noted that it was the Nigerian soccer team that shocked the world in the Atlanta Olympics 20 years earlier, becoming the first team outside of Europe or Latin America to win gold at the Olympic Summer Games.
“[The Nigerian Olympic football team] were stranded at the airport and almost not going to make their match against Japan,” said Reese McCranie, the airport’s director of policy and communications for Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta (via CNN).
Nigeria is seen as one of the top contenders to win gold again this year, with 888Sport putting them at 6-to-1 odds to win it all. That places the Super Eagles behind Brazil, Germany, and Portugal. The Denmark team is seen as the longest shot, going off at 35-to-1 odds.
Fans who want to watch the Nigeria vs. Denmark football match live online can click here for streaming video through NBC Sports. A full list of broadcast partners worldwide, including how to watch in Nigeria, can be found here.
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