(, August 23) -- A 58th minute strike by Angel Di Maria gave a 1-0 win over Nigeria at the on Saturday to ensure that they retained the title of Olympic Men's champions.
Lionel Messi sparked the winning goal with a fine pass down the left side of the field, which was strategically picked up by Di Maria. He calmly chipped the ball over advancing goalkeeper Ambruse Vanzekin from outside the box. The Benfica player also scored Argentina's extra-time winner in the quarterfinal against the.
Javier Mascherano became the first athlete from any Argentine Olympic delegation to win two gold medals, having been a part of the Football team that won in.
Nigeria's best chance came in the 63rd minute, but Victor Obinna's effort was well saved by Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
It was a deserved win for the South Americans, who won all six games they played and have won a record 12 straight Olympic matches since the final of theOlympic Games, where they lost to . The victory made Argentina the fourth Olympic defending champion to win a second straight title, after (1908, 1912), (1924, 1928) and (1968, 1972).