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    France - Nigeria 2:0 (0:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    30 June 2014 Brasilia /Estadio Nacional 13:00 67882
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    SMORENBURG Henny (NED)
    Did not play in Match
    SIEBER Walter (CAN)
    Fifth Official
    KAMRANIFAR Hassan (IRN)
    Referee
    GEIGER Mark (USA)
    Assistant Referee 1
    HURD Sean (USA)
    Assistant Referee 2
    FLETCHER Joe (CAN)
    Fourth Official
    FAGHANI Alireza (IRN)
    Match Commissioner
    SIEBER Walter (CAN)

    Total Goals scored

    Paul POGBA (FRA) 79' , Joseph YOBO (NGA) 92' Own goal


    France

    Nigeria
    1
    LLORIS (GK)(C)
    1
    ENYEAMA (GK)
    2
    DEBUCHY
    2
    YOBO (C)
    3
    EVRA
    5
    AMBROSE
    4
    VARANE
    7
    MUSA
    6
    CABAYE
    8
    ODEMWINGIE
    8
    VALBUENA (-90'+4)
    9
    EMENIKE
    9
    GIROUD (-62')
    10
    MIKEL
    10
    BENZEMA
    11
    MOSES (-89')
    14
    MATUIDI
    13
    OSHANIWA
    19
    POGBA
    17
    ONAZI (-59')
    21
    KOSCIELNY
    22
    OMERUO
    Substitutes Substitutes
    16
    RUFFIER (GK)
    16
    EJIDE (GK)
    23
    LANDREAU (GK)
    21
    AGBIM (GK)
    5
    SAKHO
    3
    UZOENYI
    7
    CABELLA
    4
    GABRIEL (+59')
    11
    GRIEZMANN (+62')
    6
    EGWUEKWE
    12
    MAVUBA
    12
    ODUNLAMI
    13
    MANGALA
    14
    OBOABONA
    15
    SAGNA
    15
    AZEEZ
    17
    DIGNE
    19
    NWOFOR (+89')
    18
    SISSOKO (+90'+4)
    20
    UCHEBO
    20
    REMY
    23
    AMEOBI
    22
    SCHNEIDERLIN
    18
    BABATUNDE
    Coach Coach
    DESCHAMPS Didier (FRA) KESHI Stephen (NGA)

    Cautions

    Blaise MATUIDI (FRA) 54'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    France sink Super Eagles

    France have marched through to the FIFA World Cupô quarter-finals with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Nigeria in Brasilia. Didier Deschamps' side were given a tough time of it by the African champions, but edged this tight encounter in the Estadio Nacional thanks to a Paul Pogba header and an injury-time own goal by Joseph Yobo.

    The French started as firm favourites and it was they who created the game's first noteworthy opportunity, when Olivier Giroud twisted into space only to slice his left-foot shot wide from 20 yards. However, it was Nigeria who looked the sharper and more purposeful side for much of the first half, and it wasn't long before they were causing major problems at the other end.

    The Super Eagles looked, in fact, to have taken the lead after 19 minutes when Emmanuel Emenike prodded into the net from Ahmed Musa's inswinging right-footed cross. Nigerian celebrations were to prove short-lived, though, with Emenike having strayed narrowly offside. For France, Pogba was among the most impressive performers throughout and the Juventus midfielder came close to breaking the deadlock midway through the half. Driving forward from midfield, he slipped the ball wide to Mathieu Valbuena and continued his run to volley powerfully towards goal when the cross arrived in the box. Vincent Enyeama, though, proved equal to the challenge, agilely palming the ball away for a corner.

    Pogba was again involved in the final move of the half, when a clever reverse ball by Valbuena teed up Mathieu Debuchy for a first-time shot. The ball looked sure to at least hit the target but the right-back proved wayward in his finishing and his shot flashed wide. Nigeria remained the most dangerous side, though, and they very nearly took the lead eight minutes into the second half when Peter Odemwingie crashed in a left-foot shot from 20 yards that Hugo Lloris did well to parry clear. Closer still was Karim Benzema at the other end, who burst through onto a one-two with Antoine Griezmann and fired in a shot that squirmed past Enyeama and looked to be trundling over the line. Victor Moses was Nigeria's hero, though, racing back to volley clear just as a goal seemed likely.

    It was a good spell for France, and they again came within a whisker of a breakthrough just a couple of minutes later when Yohan Cabaye's 25-yard volley rebounded to safety off the underside of the crossbar. Pressure was building, though, and after Enyeama had saved brilliantly from a close-range Benzema header, an error from the same keeper handed Les Bleus the lead. Pogba was the man to profit, heading into an unguarded net with 11 minutes remaining after Enyeama had flapped unconvincingly at a floated Valbuena corner. France rarely looked in danger thereafter, and they made sure of their place in the last eight - and a showdown with either Germany or Algeria - when Yobo diverted Valbuena's low cross into his own net.

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    France-Nigeria: Quotes

    Didier Deschamps, France coach
    Nigeria played a very physical game and had a real presence across the pitch. It was a challenge to go up against that, but we managed it. For an hour, the teams were pretty even, but then we were able to get the upper hand in the last half an hour. The Nigerians were tired, and they started leaving gaps in their defence. We were dynamic and quick when it mattered, while Nigeria were slowing down. This deserved win will make us even stronger for the rest of the competition. I'm very proud to have reached the quarter-finals.

    Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach
    Every defeat is painful, especially when the players follow their instructions and play well, as they did against France. We didn't deserve to lose, but that's football and we have to accept it. We have to keep going forward and move on to something else now. There's no point looking for guilty parties. The team plays, wins or loses together. I'd like to thank the Brazilian public for their support during all of our games. I couldn't have hoped for more from them.

    Paul Pogba, France midfielder and Budweiser Man of the Match
    We showed a lot of togetherness in how we played, and were solid in the tackles. I'd like to be able to share this prize with the whole squad. We're not afraid of anyone we could come up against because we represent France. We'll play to win by giving everything against whoever we face.

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