Twitter Reacts to Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema's Performances vs. Nigeria

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Paul Pogba of France celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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France advanced through to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup as they beat Nigeria 2-0 on Monday in the round of 16.

They will face either Germany or Algeria in the last eight with Joachim Low's side the favourites to make it through against the African side.

Juventus' Paul Pogba was a key part of Didier Deschamps' side as France initially laboured against a spirited Nigeria side.

The first half was very well balanced as Pogba had the best chance from either team, volleying well after a slick France move only to be denied by a fantastic save, per ITV Football:

Squawka Football provided a terrific shot of Nigerian keeper Victor Enyeama's effort to keep out the 21-year-old's venomous shot:

The sides went in at half-time with the Evening Standard's James Olley commenting on Pogba's influence during the first period:

However, ESPN's Dermot Corrigan noted a drop in his performance as the second half went on:

But as France started to take more of a grip on the game, creating more and more chances, it was Pogba who finally made the decisive breakthrough to make it 1-0, per the Daily Telegraph's Paul Hayward:

NBC Sports' Arlo White passed on BBC commentator Simon Brotherton's statistic concerning the significance of Pogba's goal:

France wrapped the game up as Nigeria's Joseph Yobo put the ball into his own net to see Les Bleus through to the last eight of the Brazil tournament.

Squawka reported Pogba's impressive contribution during the game, and he will no doubt be a key player for France if they are to progress further:

Karim Benzema started the match out of position on the left wing, having scored three goals in the tournament so far. Former Manchester United defender and BBC pundit Rio Ferdinand questioned the tactic:

Indeed, Opta hinted at the lack of link-up play between Benzema and front man Olivier Giroud, and Hayward noted the change in the Real Madrid star's position as the Arsenal man was substituted in the second half:

The change had an influence almost immediately, and Benzema had an attempt eventually cleared off the line, per AFP's Tom Williams:

The Sun-Herald's Craig Foster put the French victory down to the Giroud switch, which allowed Benzema more freedom:

France eventually convinced against Nigeria, but they struggled in the first half and will need to continue to improve if they are to go far in the tournament.

However, in Pogba and Benzema, they have two of the tournament's top players, and they should prove a match for anyone they meet, most likely to be Germany next up.