Group B’s match day two saw Nigeria guarantee themselves a spot in the knockout rounds of the tournament, with Colombia, Japan and Sweden still in the race to gain the second spot.
Former bronze medalists Japan faced up to Colombia and came back from two goals behind to draw the game, the pace and tenacity of the game was clear throughout as both teams knew that a win could give them a huge advantage going into the final match day. The game was relatively even and a draw was likely a fair result, the Colombian goalkeeper performed well to keep his side in it in the final moments of the game after Japan gathered a sense of belief after falling two goals behind, and that was maintained for the rest of the match.
Elsewhere, Nigeria held complete dominance over Sweden and really should have won by more than one goal. Nigeria had 23 shots with nine on target, the Swedish goalkeeper Linde, who pulled off impressive saves especially in the second half. Sweden’s showing during this tournament has been disappointing so far, and Nigeria look like a real force in the competition.
In the final group games, Japan take on Sweden and Nigeria face Colombia. Nigeria have their place secured and may rest one or two players for this game, whilst Sweden and Japan will know a win doesn’t guarantee them a place in the knockout rounds.