Nigerians Knock U.S. Soccer Out of Olympics
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BEIJING — Promise Isaac and Victor Obinna scored today to lead Nigeria over 10-man America 2-1, earning a place in the quarterfinals of the Olympic soccer tournament and eliminating the Americans.
Isaac scored in the 39th minute with an easy tap-in off Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi’s centering pass, and Obinna curled a right-footed shot into the top of goal in the 80th.
Sacha Kljestan converted an 88th-minute penalty for the Americans and substitute Benny Feilhaber headed onto the post in the 90th, as America was eliminated from Group B after the Netherlands beat Japan.
The Americans played with 10 men from the third minute when defender Michael Orozco was ejected.