Nigeria 4 Brazil 3, 1996 – Colin Udoh
For Brazil, Olympic gold continued to elude them, hence the strength of the squad they boasted for this tournament – Dida, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Juninho all started this match, Rivaldo would come off the bench. It wouldn’t be until they hosted the Olympics in 2016 when they finally won their first Men’s final.
Meanwhile, many of Nigeria’s Dream Team were already established names after their enthralling appearance at the USA ’94 World Cup, having been knocked out by two extremely late goals from Italy’s Roberto Baggio. However, no one would have anticipated what they’d achieve at the 1996 Olympics, especially with the calibre of opposition – and the players chosen for those sides – in front of them.
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