2014 FIFA World Cup: France vs Nigeria - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
FULL TIME: France 2-0 Nigeria
90+2'- GOAL! YOBO (OG)
Shocking defense from Nigeria as France played a short corner. Valbuena put in a low cross that was tapped in by Griezamann. But the replays showed the ball took a major change of direction off Yobo who is playing in his 100th match for Nigeria. But that goal was down to poor defending from the "Super Eagles".
90+1' - This will encourage Nigeria. They have enough time to get an equalizer.
90' - 5 MINUTES OF TIME ADDED ON!
88'- Moses is replaced by Nwofor. Only two minutes for Nigeria to take this into extra time.
86'- Matuidi tries to link up with Griezmann. But the left-footed winger failed to get past Musa.
85'- Only five minutes for France to hold on and enter the last 8. Nigeria need to go for broke now.
84'- Matuidi's wonderful long ball is over the Nigerian defense and is collected by Griezmann, who fires a shot with his left foot, only to be denied by Enyeama again. The keeper makes amends for his mistake that led to the goal. At 2-0, this game was over.
82'- The young midfielder has been the best player on the pitch for France today. It was Pogba who forced the only saved from Enyeama in the first half as well.
80'- GOAL! POGBA
The resulting corner from Valbuena had Enyeama come out to collect it. The keeper flapped at the ball, which was headed calmly by Pogba into the open goal. Big mistake from Enyeama, who has been the hero of the match so far.
78'- ENYEAMA DENIES BENEZEMA!
Enyeama comes up with a wonderful save of Benzema's header from very close range. The ball goes out for a corner.
76'- Re-take by Valbuena. He puts in a long ball that Benzema receives on the far post and fires across the face of the goal. The low cross is cleared by the defender only for the ball to fall to Cabaye who takes a touch and volleys the ball from distance. The ball rebound of the cross bar.
75'- Valbuena's corner is headed by Koscielny. But the ball landed on Omeruo's shoulder and bounced out for a corner.
73'- France are looking to step up the pressure now. They want to get the job done in the 90 minutes.
71'- Griezmann has been a good change by Deschamps. He seems to have infused much needed energy and creativity up front. Both he and Benzema have linked up well since coming on.
69'- BENZEMA WITH THE CHANCE OF THE MATCH!
Benzema skipped past one challenge and plays a give and go with Griezmann. The forward got the return ball and was one on one with Enyeama. Benzema's poked shot was saved by the keeper.
67'- Nigeria cut France open on that occasion. They put up a lovely move from starting from the center circle. The dangerous cross from the right was cleared by Koscielny.
65'- Evra picks up the ball and tried to move deep into the Nigerian half. He is fouled by Odemwingie. Free-kick to Les Blues.
64'- Odenwingie has the ball at his feet. He cuts in from the left and drives in a low shot of his left foot. Lloris saves but he can't make a clean connection. The defender clears the lines.
63'- Nigeria have dominated the second half. They have the major share of possession as well.
61'- First substitution by Deschamps. He brings on Griezmann for the ineffective Giroud
59'- Nigeria replace their injured player with Gabriel. This is their first change.
58'- Valbuena and Debuachy combine again on the right for France. Debauchy's cross for Benzema is intercepted by the defender. France have to be more accurate with their ball in the final third.
56'- Meanwhile, Nigeria earn a throw-in , deep inside the French half. The resulting throw in long and is cleared for a corner by Koscielny.
55'- Ok, Onazi will not play any further part in the match. He is being stretchered off the field. Nigeria continue with 10 men for the time being.
54'- Matuidi earn the fist yellow card of the match for a clumsy challenge. The "Marathan Man" went late on Onazi and immediately apologized. The Nigerian is down. This does not look good for him.
53'- Rafale Varane has injured himself after a tussle for the ball. He is lying down inside the France goal. Does not look too bad though. He should be fine.
52'- Victor Moses was behind the France defender and had the chance of shot from inside the box. He takes too much time and do too much with the ball. Wasted a wonderful opportunity there.
49'- Oshaniwa is clattered into by Debauchy. The Nigerian goes down and stays down. He is tended to by the medical staff. Halt in the play.
48'- Just to remind our readers - neither team has made any changes during the break.
47' -Valbuena runs with the ball close to the touchline. He has and two Nigerian players closely tucked to him. He goes down and appeals for a foul. Not given.
46'- Players have come out for the second half. Here we go..
This game has been evenly contested so far. Both sides have had limited chances. The initial half was dominated by Nigeria and the later half by France. Both teams have looked a little conservative with their attacking play. That is understandable in knockout match. There won't be any option but to go for the win in the second half though.
HALF TIME: France 0-0 Nigeria
45' - 2 minutes of time has been added on.
43'- Odemwingie tries his luck from distance. His powerful shot from the right was blocked by Lloris, the rebound fell to a Nigerian player who was adjudged off-side.
42'- Nigeria have defender resolutely here. France are finding hard to break them down.
40'- 5 minutes to go for the half time interval. This has not been a easy ride for France by any means. However, they have managed to seize control of the game in the last 10 minutes.
39'- FRANCE ALMOST SCORE! Debauchy was set up by Valbuena in the penalty box. The right back could not maintain his composure as he shot just wide of the right post. Great chance to go ahead for Les Blues.
37'- Varane clears a dangerous ball in behind the French defense. His speed and reading was impressive there. What a fine young defender.
35'- Paul Pogba has been the best player for France so far. He has been involved in most of their important plays.
34'- Pogba is involved in multiple exchanges near the edge of the box. He tried to thread the ball through for Valbuena who is offside.
32'- France play the ball around and switch the play from right to left and back. Almost every France player got a touch on the ball. Finally Evra put in a ball from the left and Valbuena fired in a shot on the first bounce. No direction.
31' -Benzema pulled away on the left and thread in a ball through for Matuidi, who got to the byline and tried to put in a cross. Nigeria defend it and concede a corner.
29' - Odemwingie tried to dribble past a couple of players and let one rip. Blocked.
28'- Giroud has developed a habit of elbowing defenders off late. He did so in the last game and now he just did it to Mikel. Lucky to be on the pitch.
26'- Pogba picks up possession outside the box. He has a look before driving a shot aimed at goal. The ball rebounds off a NIgerian defender and almost falls at Benzema's feet.
24'- Moses has spaces on the right. He looks up and puts in a early ball that is deflected for a corner by Patrice Evra.
22'- We have an open contest here in Brasilia. Pogba for France had the only real chance of the match for the Les Blues.
21'- WHAT A SAVE! Pogba pranced forward and released Valbuena on the right. He put in a cross that was volley on the first touch by Pogba. Enyeama with a wonderful reflex save at a comfortable height.
20'- Nigeria have actually dominated France in the last 10 minutes. They have been constantly on the attack. France have not been able to control the ball possession.
18'- Odemwingie fired in a ball from the right. The defender failed to clear it convincingly. Musa picked up the ball on left and put in a dangerous ball. Emenike was first to the ball and directed it in goal near the near post. Nigerians begin their celebrations but the ref's assistant calls for off-side.
16'- Mikel touches the dead ball and Emenike fires the free-kick over the cross bar. No trouble for Lloris.
15'- Odemwingie is fouled again on the right by Matuidi. He was surrounded by 3 Nigerian players. Free-kick to be taken by Emenike.
14'- Benzema found space on the left for France and he quickly put in a low cross. Giroud had to stall his forward run. He did and took a left footed shot. Way off target.
13'- Odemwingie to take the free-kick from the left. He fires it in to the far post. The ball is headed back in play but Lloris collected comfortably.
11'- Emenike was moving swiftly down the left for Nigeria. Cabaye quickly came across and fouled him before he could get in a cross. Free-kick to Nigeria.
10'- Miked puts in a long sweeping ball directed at the heart of the France defense. Moses tussles for the ball with the defender. The latter wins the battle.
9'- Nigeria had an attack with 3 forward against 3 French defenders. But Odemwingie took too much time to pass the ball to Moses, who took the shot, which was easily blocked.
8'- Onazi tried to play Victor Moses behind the French defense, but the ball was over hit and too long for the Chelsea man.
7'- France, just like in the match against Argentina have not set up to defend. They are going forward at every opportunity.
6'- Nigeria out in another lofted ball in. Odemwingie was waiting to hit it but the defender made a crucial interception.
5'- Ambrose fires in a ball from the right. Cabaye clears it but the ball again falls to Nigeria
4'- Matuidi bursts forward and pulls the ball back for Giroud. The dangerous ball was cleared for a corner by Nigeria. The resulting corner was a poor delivery and was easily dealt with by the the defense.
3'- The corner is easily dealt with by Benzema.
3'- First corner of the match goes to Nigeria. Musa to take it.
2'- Debauchy burst forward from the back. He was muscled off the ball by Musa. Good, solid challenge.
1'- Here we go. Nigeria will get us underway in this match.
The players greet each other and the toss has been conducted.
Time for the national anthems of both countries. French anthem to be followed by the Nigerian. Always inspires the players, the fans and those watching.
The teams have emerged out of the dressing room and are ready to head out. Here they come.
The team line-ups for the big match have been announced:
France: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Koscielny, Evra; Cabaye; Valbuena, Matuidi, Pogba, Benzema; Giroud.
Nigeria: Enyeama; Ambrose, Yobo, Oshaniwa, Omeruo; Mikel, Onazi; Musa, Odemwingie, Moses, Emenike.
Referee Mark Geiger (United States)
Welcome to our live coverage of the Round of 16 game between France and Nigeria in Brasilia.
Welcome to our live coverage of the Round of 16 game between France and Nigeria in Brasilia. The four games so far have been evenly contested, which is reason to believe this too will be a hard fought battle.
France got through the group stage without losing a single game. They won 2 and drew 1. Kareena Benzema was among the goals for Les Bleus and is looking sharp to add more to his tally.
Paul Pogba is expected to start today. He has done a fair job in the absence of Nasri and Ribery. The back 4 are more or less settled and Evra will once again take his place on the left.
Nigeria were lucky to get into the knockout round. They beat Bosnia thanks to some errors by the referee. They drew against Iran and lost to Argentina.
The "Super Eagles" displayed their attacking flair against Argentina as they matched Messi with their 2 goals only to lose 3-2 later. Peter Odemwingie has pace and trickery up front for the Africans.
The experienced Mikel will control their midfield and Musa who was sensational against Argentina will start on an attacking right position.
France are favorites to go through to the quarter finals. But the Nigerians will not sit back and let them play. We can expect free- flowing football between the two teams with end to end action.
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