France 2 - 0 Nigeria

Match info: FIFA World Cup - Rnd 16 at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha

Date: 30/06/2014 KO: 17:00 Ref: M Geiger Att: 67,882

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Paul Pogba 79
Joseph Yobo 90+1 (og)



FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • France 2 Nigeria 0. All over and Deschamps' men make their way into the quarter-finals. Impressive display by both sides, but France had too much in the end.

  • Handball against Mikel, who isn't happy. He is lucky not to be booked for thumping the ball into the ground. Final few seconds count down. Nigeria win possession, but soon lose it. Benzema heads for the corner flag.

  • Valbuena, the man furthest away from the touchline, sees his number go up. He trudges slowly from the field, shaking hands with everyone as he goes. Sissoko on in his place.

  • France readying another change, which they will take their time over.

  • The goal will go down as an own goal. Griezmann got across Yobo, but the ball flicked off the Nigerian defender on it's way into the net.

  • GOAL FRANE - GRIEZMANN. Game over. Odemwingie puts the ball behind. Corner is played short again between Valbuena and Benzema. The former feeds a low cross to the front post, where the ball is flicked into the bottom corner. May have come off Yobo.

  • Five minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Pogba with three to aim at in the middle as he pulls out to the right. His cross is flicked behind for a corner. Benzema takes short to Valbuena. Nigeria nick the ball back, but Ambrose allows it to run away from him.

  • Matuidi felled by Gabriel, who had two bites at the cherry. Opportunity for France to run down a few more seconds. Late change for Nigeria as Moses is replaced by Nwofor.

  • Moses dropping deep trying to make something happen. He has Odemwingie chasing down the right, but Varane goes with him and is so quick across the ground.

  • Debuchy down and receiving treatment. He is soon back on his feet. France keep pushing and win another corner. Taken short this time into Benzema. Ball moved around to Griezmann, but he can't combine with Matuidi.

  • Odemwingie over the corner. Evra nods out for France. Griezmann and Matuidi lead a counter. They have support to their left, but can't find it.

  • Valbuena takes yet another set-piece. Easy clearance for Mikel at the front post. Nigeria can break. Emenike forced out to the right. He comes inside to Odemwingie, who then goes left. Moses moves the ball onto his right foot and a curling effort deflects behind off Debuchy.

  • Ambrose pushing on from full-back. Odemwingie then has his pocket picked by Valbuena. France go over the top for Griezmann. He sets himself from a tight angle and sees Enyeama tip his effort over the top.

  • Lloris will take his time clearing his lines. Ball comes straight back at him. Koscielny up well above Moses. France look right, but Griezmann squanders possession.

  • Nigeria now looking for a moment of inspiration. They need the ball first, with France looking to frustrate now - draw free-kicks and run down the clock.

  • The goal had been coming. France have ended the game really well. When they needed to flex their muscles, they have been able to do so. They don't need any mistakes now, as Lloris drops the ball inside his own box and gathers at the second attempt.

  • Nigeria now have it all to do if they are to remain in the competition. They have given plenty to the contest, but now need a goal.

  • GOAL FRANCE - POGBA. The door finally opens for Les Bleus. Valbuena's corner is misjudged by Enyeama. He can only get fingertips to the ball and it lands nicely onto the head of Pogba to nod into an empty net.

  • Pogba wins a free-kick off Mikel. Valbuena over another dead ball. His delivery is met by Benzema eight yards out, but he nods straight at Enyeama. He touches over the top.


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