Sadiq Umar scored a brace as Nigeria held off a late Honduras fightback to win Olympic bronze on Saturday at Mineirao Stadium.

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Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi in action for Nigeria against Honduras at the Olympic games

The 3-2 victory made sure of Nigeria’s third Olympic medal in men’s football after winning gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games, while they claimed silver in 2008 after a final defeat to Argentina in 2008.

The medal was a reward for an Olympic tournament that got off to a rocky start. Nigeria’s arrival in Brazil was delayed until just hours before the team’s opening match because of a flight mix-up in Atlanta.

Honduras, who scored twice late on, head home from Brazil empty-handed but can take comfort from their best performance at an Olympics.

Umar put Nigeria in front, rushing in to convert Mikel John Obi’s cross just before the break.

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Aminu Umar added a goal in the 49th minute, burying the rebound after Mikel’s effort came back off Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez, before his namesake completed a double moments later.

Antony Lozano and Marcelo Pereira scored late for tHonduras to set up a exciting final five minutes, but Nigeria held out to clinch the medal.


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