France End Nigeria’s World Cup Dream

France scored twice in the final 11 minutes in Brasilia to beat Nigeria and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike had a strike ruled out for offside before Vincent Enyeama saved Paul Pogba’s volley.
Victor Moses cleared Karim Benzema’s shot off the line after the break and Yohan Cabaye volleyed against the bar as France pressed.
But Pogba eventually headed in after an Enyeama error and Joseph Yobo diverted Mathieu Valbuena’s cross into the net.
France will play the winners of Monday’s late match between Algeria and Germany in the last eight at the Maracana on Friday.
The final scoreline was harsh on Nigeria, who dominated for large parts of the second half, but late mistakes from their tiring players ensured they will have to wait for their first quarter-final appearance in a World Cup.
France have pedigree in the knockout rounds, having reached at least the semi-finals on the last five occasions they have progressed past the first round at the World Cup.
Nigeria’s last-16 preparations had been disrupted by a row over bonuses and, with their group victory over Bosnia-Hercegovina their only World Cup win in 11 matches, this tie was always going to prove a big task.


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