Argentina defeated Nigeria (1-0) in the Olympic final in Beijing to claim their second consecutive title in the football tournament of the Summer Olympic Games, after having already triumphed in Athens in 2004. It is also the second international trophy that Leo Messi has won with his country, following the Under-20 World Cup title obtained in 2005.

The game was played under tough conditions mainly due to the high temperature; it was a hard fought affair, with not many scoring chances available for the two teams. The Argentinians always looked more dangerous though, and eventually took the lead ten minutes into the second half: Leo Messi picked the ball in the centre circle and delivered a through pass to Di Maria, who then approached the penalty area and found the net with an excellent left-foot finish over the keeper.

From that moment on Argentina focused on holding on to their lead, but still created danger through the ability and spark of Agüero and Messi. No more goals were scored and the gold medal went to Argentina, the team that proved to be the best throughout the whole competition.

Congratulations, Leo! Congratulations, Argentina!