Mane Garrincha - Brasilia 30/06/2014 - 18:00CET (13:00 local time)

Round of 16

France - Nigeria
2-0
 

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Pogba leads France through to quarter-finals

Published: Monday 30 June 2014, 19.54CET
France 2-0 Nigeria
Paul Pogba broke the deadlock 11 minutes from time as France edged a hard-fought contest in Brasilia to book a quarter-final berth.

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Match statistics

France
Nigeria

2

Goals scored

0

12

Total attempts

7

5

Attempts on target

2

6

off target

2

4

blocked

2

1

against woodwork

0

12

Corners

9

2

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

15

12

Fouls suffered

12

Standings

  
Published: Monday 30 June 2014, 19.54CET

Pogba leads France through to quarter-finals

France 2-0 Nigeria
Paul Pogba broke the deadlock 11 minutes from time as France edged a hard-fought contest in Brasilia to book a quarter-final berth.

Paul Pogba struck 11 minutes from time as France edged Nigeria 2-0 to take their place in the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.

Having spent long periods of the second half on the back foot, Les Bleus turned on the style for the final 20 minutes. A flurry of missed opportunities resulted until Pogba kept his composure and Joseph Yobo, under pressure from Antoine Griezmann inadvertently added a late second. It sets up a last-eight showdown with Germany on Friday.

Both sides traded blows in a fast-paced opening, but France landed marginally more. Pogba led the charge, finishing a move that he had started by venomously volleying Mathieu Valbuena's cross towards goal. Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama held his ground, though, deflecting the ball behind at point-blank range.

Pogba's incisive running was matched by Blaise Matuidi, whose pass gave Valbuena time and space on the right. Mathieu Debuchy charged onto the ensuing cut-back unopposed, but was off target. The passing from the Super Eagles remained crisp in the second half, with only a final product lacking. Still, they kept coming as Peter Odemwingie, so assured on the ball, cut inside and sent a left-footed strike bouncing off Hugo Lloris. 

At the other end, Karim Benzema came alive in the penalty area after a one-two with substitute Griezmann, but as his shot squeezed past Enyeama, Victor Moses hooked off the line. A Yohan Cabaye pile-driver from the edge of the box had the crossbar shaking moments before the goal France had been threatening arrived.

Enyeama flapped at a Valbuena corner from the right and Pogba looped a header into an unguarded net. Valbuena then laid on the killer goal in added time by sweeping into the path of Griezmann, forcing Yobo to put into his own net.

Last updated: 01/07/14 14.31CET

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