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Karim Benzema's form is one of the key reasons France have gone from World Cup outsiders to realistic contenders in the space of three games.
Alex Young of Goal.com has been impressed, writing, "Karim Benzema has been one of the stars of the World Cup so far with his three goals and two assists aiding France's impressive start in Brazil."
Nigeria, France's opponents in the last 16, conceded three in their last game against Argentina, although much of that was down to Lionel Messi's brilliance.
But they will face a striker in similar form when they line up against Benzema.
However, the 26-year-old did hint, in quotes carried by the Daily Mirror's Jack Lang, that Nigeria might be able to bully France out of their rhythm, just as Ecuador did in the group stages:
It was a difficult match. In the first half especially it was hard because they defended well as a team. After the red card there was more space.
Why didn't we score? Their goalkeeper! We had chances but he dealt with them all.
We had a lot of success in the game before [against Switzerland] because practically every shot went in. Today we came up against a team that disrupted us, especially with their physicality.
Only Ecuador have managed to stop Benzema from scoring, and that was only because of a wonderful individual performance from goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.