France have qualified for the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup after a 2-0 win over Nigeria in Brasilia, and they will face either Germany or Algeria for a place in the final four. Nigeria fail to progress past the round of 16 for the first time in their history, and Didier Deschamps side roll on to the next round.
The Les Bleus’ coach made six changes to the side that played the final group game against Ecuador on Wednesday, and it was the Super Eagles that looked the better side during the first half.
Emmanuel Emenike had a goal chalked off for offside and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama had to make a superb save from a wonderful Paul Pogba chance as a tense and tight first half finished level.
Nigeria were back on top in the second half, but the introduction of Antoine Griezmann after 60 minutes swung the momentum in France’s favour and they took the lead with 12 minutes to go.
Mathieu Valbuena’s cross evaded Enyeama, the goalkeeper was stranded off his line and Pogba was in the right position to head the ball into the back of the net.
The game was finished off in injury time when Joseph Yobo flicked the ball into his own net under pressure from substitute Griezmann.
2 - #FRA are the first team to benefit from 2 own goals in the same World Cup. Lucky.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 30, 2014
The 2-0 win flatters France and doesn't do justice to the excellent performance put in by Stephen Keshi's men.
Here are six things we learned from France's victory over Nigeria.