Video of the day: See how own goal and Okocha penalty downed Mexico on Dream Team’s path to Atlanta ’96 gold

Video of the day: See how own goal and Okocha penalty downed Mexico on Dream Team’s path to Atlanta ’96 gold

On this day in 1996, an 83rd minute Tadahiro Akiba own goal and a penalty converted at the death by Jay-Jay Okocha were all Nigeria needed to overcome Japan in a group match at the football event of the 1996 Olympic Games.⁣

The win at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida gave the very talented ‘Dream Team’ their second victory of the Games on their way to a historic Olympic gold. They had earlier beaten Hungary two days earlier at the same venue thanks to a solitary Nwankwo Kanu strike.⁣⁣

Okocha had to retake the injury-time penalty after referee Pierluigi Collina spotted Tijani Babangida encroaching into the penalty area before Okocha converted his first attempt from the charity spot.⁣

That did little to stop Okocha from beating goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi a second time to seal the victory for Nigeria.⁣

The win at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida gave the very talented ‘Dream Team’ their second victory of the Games on their way to a historic Olympic gold. They had earlier beaten Hungary two days earlier at the same venue thanks to a solitary Nwankwo Kanu strike.⁣⁣
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