France beat Nigeria 2-0 for a place in World Cup quarter-finals

A header by Paul Pogba and a Joseph Yobo own goal sent France through to the World Cup quarter-finals as the French beat African champions Nigeria, 2-0, in Brasilia on Monday.

France beat Nigeria

France beat Nigeria

France will play either Germany or Algeria in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

Nigeria, bidding to reach the last eight for the first time, had the ball in the net in the first half but the linesman flagged for offside against the scorer Emmanuel Emenike.

France’s best early chance saw Pogba’s effort brilliantly saved by Vincent Enyeama.

Nigeria pressed hard at the start of the second half but could not score. Instead Pogba benefited from a rare error by Enyeama who flapped at a corner. The ball fell nicely onto Pogba’s head and he nodded it into the unguarded net to give the French the lead 11 minutes from time.

That was the 146th goal of the competition, one more than was scored in the whole of the 2010 World Cup.

In added time, Karim Benzema took a short corner to Mathieu Valbuena who acted as if he would try to waste time before suddenly whipping a cross into the goalmouth. Antonie Griezmann missed the ball, but Yobo, with little time to react, deflected it into his own net.

France have not been beaten inside 90 minutes in a World Cup knockout match since the 1986 semi-finals.

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