Team Captain Mikel Obi led by example scoring his first Olympic goal in the 16th minute of the game to put Nigeria ahead in their quarter-final encounter with Denmark.
The Danish side came fighting but two brilliant saves from Nigerian keeper Daniel Akpeyi kept Nigeria in the advantage position denying the Dens the much needed reply.
Nigeria again came close to scoring a second goal but were denied. The Dens launched a more aggressive attack seeming to dominate the match but Nigeria did not relent in its pursuit to add to the tally with more attempts at goal keeping Denmark defensive line on their toes.
Daniel Akpeyi again was at his best coming through with a third athletic save in the half when Denmark threatened the one goal advantage, bringing to an end what can best be adjudged a very entertaining first half.
Details to follow after the match.