2014 FIFA World Cup: France beat Nigeria, through to last eight

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014, 23:34 PM IST

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

France -- who have not been beaten inside 90 minutes in a World Cup knockout match since the 1986 semi-finals -- will play either Germany or Algeria in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

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Nigeria -- bidding to reach the quarter-finals 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.

However, Pogba was to benefit from a rare error by Enyeama as he flapped at a corner and the ball fell nicely onto his head and he finished it off to give the French the lead 11 minutes from time.

Yobo`s own goal came in time-added on stemming from another brilliant set piece by France`s most eyecatching player Mathieu Valbuena.