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Men's Football Day 7 Review: Argentina repeats Olympic gold

Updated: 2008-08-24 00:51:40
Photos: Argentina wins Men's Football gold
Angel Di Maria (No. 11) of Argentina makes a goal. (Photo credit: Li Gang/Xinhua)

(BEIJING, August 23) -- A 58th minute strike by Angel Di Maria gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Nigeria at the National Stadium on Saturday to ensure that they retained the title of Olympic Men's Football 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 Netherlands.

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 Athens 2004.

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 the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, where they lost to Nigeria. The victory made Argentina the fourth Olympic defending champion to win a second straight title, after Great Britain (1908, 1912), Uruguay (1924, 1928) and Hungary (1968, 1972).

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