Highlights from two matches in the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil.
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's good evening, two more games in the last 16 were played in Brazil
and they saw two continents collide. Striking back for Nigeria.
Odemwingie, one - zero. He might be away here, too-to!
-- 2-2. And Muller had a hat-trick.
Slim I! Algeria. -- Slimani.
Algeria are through. We will start in Porto Allegri,
Germany with expectations of going a long wait in the tournament, against
Algeria. 1982, that has been the only talking
point since this tie came about, 1982, that has been the only talking
Algeria's first World Cup and in wind in their first game against the
then West Germany. The Germans contrived in result with
Austria that eliminated Algeria. Revenge would been an enormous
upset. This Germany team has changes.
Algeria has five changes. Ozil, a nice flick. The lay-off was
fine from Muller. Another crack at delivery. That was well challenged.
Algeria Spring Germany on the break, Slimani was forced wide. A super
tackle. The defenders were back, covering, just of thing that Algeria
have been preparing for. The ball was one deep in their own half.
Neuer showed he was a decent outfield player, he had to get that
one right. Feghouli ran into trouble. Bastian
Schweinsteiger finding one up. Rais M'Bolhi had to catch it and made it
look simple. Not the most convincing save in the first instance, straight
up into the air. Soudani is in the centre. Joined by
Hadar. -- Taider. Germany are rocking at the back. Algeria, they
are just rocking and rolling. Looking so impressive going forward.
A terrific cross. The whistle is going, it is not going to count. It
was an absolute beauty as well. Slimani really shouldn't be offside
there, but he was. And he just waited, and he stayed level with
Boateng. The header was perfect. A nice touch from Slimani. Taider.
Mehdi Mostefa. Algeria are playing some lovely football. Support from
Ghoulam, into the box. I wonder whether Neu Ahad got a touch. He
called it wide -- Manuel Neuer. A confident Algerian team. You
wonder whether that is the last morning that Germany will need.
-- morning. -- warning. Drilled back, and deflected, Manuel
Neuer Abels going wrong way. It was Boateng. A good job it hit him as
hard as it did. Red faces all round if you are
German, at this performance so far. A good save by Rais M'Bolhi. Another
good save, to keep out Mario Gotze. It looked for all the world as if
Gotze was going to gobble up the rebound.
Schurrle got onto it, it was deflected, Thomas Muller will not
get there. Schurrle already looks to be making a difference.
A lovely side step by Kroos. Straight at Rais M'Bolhi. He
couldn't direct the header anywhere but there.
The flag stayed down. A great try. Philipp Lahm was going for goal. He
nearly always hits them nicely, and it needed the fingertips of the
Algerian keeper. That was a blinding save by Rais M'Bolhi.
Schurrle, dropping the shoulder to get away from Aissa Mandi. The shot
was off target but it was comfortable for Rais M'Bolhi.
Algeria are sensing the chance to push on a bit. Now might be their
time. Marry a know it Mario Noriega knows
exactly where his posts are -- Manuel Neu A.
Blocked by Balkal M. Keeping out Thomas Muller. -- locked by
Belkalem. The header was too much down the middle.
Thomas Muller was onside. He did brilliantly until the finish. You
don't often say that about him, that is normally the best thing he does
of all. That was terrific, the control and awareness was
marvellous. With the goal in his sights, he know exactly where Rais
M'Bolhi was, but he put it wide. Will that left Germany in the last
few seconds? -- lift. Rais M'Bolhi makes the save. Bastian
Schweinsteiger timed his run beautifully but he did not really
meet the header. That is it, we are going to have 30
minutes more. Chances have come and gone for both sides. You could argue
Algeria have had the better ones. Who wins now, or do we go to
penalties? Schurrle! Germany have only needed
90 seconds of extra time to score. Having failed to find the net in 90
minutes. Thomas Muller made it. That is what he does if he is not scoring
them himself. He had the strength will stop he is looking up all the
time, he knows where Schurrle is going to move to. The finish, is it
genius? I think it is. The ball was behind him, he knew what he had to
do. That is not luck, that is brilliant skill from Schurrle.
A nice side step, strike by Thomas Muller but it was wide.
Ten World Cup appearances, nine goals and five assists.
Abdelmoumene Djabou, his first touch and he has want a Koerner -- corner
from it, courtesy of Khedira. Just too high, Mehdi Mostefa with
the shot. Almost in tears as he sees it fly wide. Only had one shot at
it. His primary role is to stop the play rather than score
Schurrle, finding Ozil. Schurrle. Ozil again, Germany are going
through. It is all over for Algeria. It was just one bit of defending too
much for the Algerians. did. We have a Germany win. Made in
Chelsea and finished by Arsenal. Ozil's energy has been outstanding.
Feghouli. As has his. A Ozil's energy has been outstanding.
and Algeria have a goal. In the second is that remain maybe it is
not quite over yet. There is a little bit of hope. Brahimi
brilliant. Feghouli with a peach of a cross. It is finished by Djabou.
And that will do it. Yet another incredible game. At this quite
amazing World Cup. Deutschland uber Algeria but only just. They have
been made to go the whole distance and more besides. It is Germany who
march on even guys sounded shattered. -- even guy. I you torn
between praising Algeria to going toe to toe and yet thinking, they
will be kicking themselves. They could have won it. It was there for
them. There were long periods when it looked like they would. Looking
at the Algeria team, it is remarkable. Not talking about
Champions League footballers, like Costa Rica, another sign that adds
up to more than the sum of its parts. That is what being an team
seems to fail to do one a regular basis. Looking at those teams, the
Jags aero -- Ajaccio, Rennes, teams in Bulgaria. Looking out the
Germans, they got off to the perfect start in extra time. That is when
they played their best football. The latter stages of the game. Schurrle
is the one who makes the run. Ghoulam was outstanding but
is the one who makes the run. go on this occasion. Miller puts a
great ball in. And from the other angle, look at the quality of the
finish. He scoops it in, sweeps it, fantastic finish. It was going to
take something like that to beat this goalkeeper today, Mbolhi was
magnificent. They limped over the line. He has had an up-and-down
season, Schurrle. He started quite strong, played at Old Trafford when
Mourinho did not play a striker. But he was one of three players pictured
at the Arsenal Christmas party, the other one was Ashley Cole, Ryan
Bertrand went on loan and Schurrle was out of the team for a while. He
started against Liverpool at Anfield but neither rob the Atletico Madrid
legs. -- neither of. But he is a very good player to come on. 28
shots in total, generally, more than any other side at this World Cup.
They had a few. M?ller was really the main striker. Lahm, playing in
that central midfield role, this is a textbook save. Mbolhi, fantastic
save. This is a header that I'm sure we look at it later and he has to
score. As good as he years, M?ller, he should be putting that away.
Again the save was almost straight at him. Manchester United came close
to signing the goalkeeper. They have missed out on one. M?ller does
everything right except the finish. He should be using his left, but it
is a nothing finish. You were looking and social media during the
first-half, Germany's Highline was discussed. I would imagine sweeper
keeper was trending as well. You look at this, such a high line, they
have very little pace. Slimani, this is the back three. Manuel Neuer,
this kid, he is incredible. He is the back three. Manuel Neuer,
after him like a centre-half is the back three. Manuel Neuer,
makes a great challenge. is the back three. Manuel Neuer,
They kept flirting with danger, is the back three. Manuel Neuer,
losing it in midfield, then they through on goal. Slimani again.
Neuer, Mertesacker making the challenge. Neuer has to take up such
a high position to get them out of trouble. This is the offside goal.
Yes he is offside but they have no idea, they are fortunate. Good
finish. That is a wake-up call, it happens too many times. You cannot
leave Mertesacker with this amount of green grass behind him. Do you
think Neuer knows? He senses it. He does especially well, he does not go
away, he comes back in. Has there ever been a better sweeper keeper
than this fella? Another one, over the top. Look who is there again,
this time with the header, first class. He reads things. But this is
the one, that worries me and concerns me the most. This is the
area they want to get into. If you look at Boateng, he comes flying
area they want to get into. If you out. He should be dropping. You have
to recognise the danger is in behind you. But Neuer knows that, he cannot
trust his defenders. Makes the clearance. That is obviously a
tactic. They are obviously being told to play the Highline and one of
the reasons is because they have a goalkeeper who positions himself and
does what he does, surely? I think so, they want a condensed midfield,
they want to get back line-up but they are river doing it. They should
be holding to drop. You can see that last example they are just going one
way. If you are in the German defence alongside Mertesacker, would
you be saying to the coach, we are to have to drop ten yards,
eventually we will be done? Definitely, you have to drop and say
let's can here. If Mertesacker is on the edge of the box there is no
better defender. But at Arsenal when they played the high line they were
in trouble and Germany are persisting with that. If they want
to proceed through the tournament they will have to adjust. So Germany
through to the quarterfinals but who will face them in the Maracana on
Friday afternoon? France and Nigeria met in Brasilia where they were
watched by Kevin Caliban and Simon Brotherton. COMMENTATOR: It seems to
be feast or famine with France in recent times, finalists in 2006,
home early after a shambolic effort in South Africa and now a promising
start in Brazil. Expectations soaring, before the goalless draw
against Ecuador. There were half a dozen changes to that line-up. The
African champions, Nigeria, in the last 16 for the third time, the
first African nation to do so. Didier Deschamps comes back Yohan
Cabaye after suspension, one of six changes from the final group game
against Ecuador. Debuchy and Evra comeback in at full-back, as does
Raphael Varane alongside Koscielny in central defence. Mathieu Valbuena
is preferred to Moussa Sissoko on the right-hand side. And Olivier
Giroud of Arsenal makes his second start of the tournament with Antoine
Griezmann dropping to the bench. Nigeria have been forced into making
a change with Michel Babatunde ruled out after suffering a fractured
wrist when hit by a shot from team-mate Onazi in the Argentina
game. Victor Moses replaces him after recovering from a muscle
strain. Joseph Yobo makes his ten World Cup appearance today, a new
Nigerian record, taking him past Jay Jay Okocha. It is a sunny afternoon
in Brasilia but at least the city does not have the humidity of some
of the other venues. 27 degrees the temperature. Efe Ambrose. Debuchy
nearly helps it out to Ahmed Musa. Three green shirts to a mat and
Nigeria have the lead, no they don't. The flag has gone up. Emenike
thought he had scored. But the flag up quickly on the far hand side.
KEVIN KILBANE: It is tight, really tired, great bowling but good
organisation from the defence, Patrice Evra on the far side
allowing Emenike to run in behind. Good decision,
allowing Emenike to run in behind. Evra. -- great ball in. A chance for
Paul Pogba to stretch his legs. Valbuena. Lovely bowl, Pogba! It was
absolutely brilliant, so was the save from any armour. That is a
brilliant break from Pogba, lovely ball played back from Valbuena. He
struck it well, Enyeama, he is a top keeper. Pockets of French support in
the stadium. Matuidi tussling with a Nazi, away from him and John Obi
Mikel. It could open up for France. Valbuena, Debuchy. Not able to bring
a save from Enyeama, never mind find the back of the net in the end. It
is a brilliant run from Matuidi, sending Valbuena away. A great run
from Debuchy inside him. Just did not get the correct contact on it.
Onazi. John Obi Mikel. Pivotal player for Nigeria, as folk
Chelsea. -- much more pivotal for Nigeria than Chelsea. That was into
the path of Victor Moses. Absolutely rifled in. It opened up for Emenike.
John Obi Mikel moving it quickly, a good head, was there a handball? He
could not do much, Victor Moses. It has been awhile since Nigeria really
shone in the World Cup, the last time they were in the last 16 was in
France in 1998, beaten by Denmark that day. Moses in the of Matuidi.
Stuck between his feet. In by Ambrose. The flag goes up. Great
ball, brilliant ball played in from Ambrose. Just offside, good decision
again. The manager made one appearance in a World Cup finals as
a player, 20 years ago today, beating Greece in the United States.
Forward by Matuidi, trying to pick out Griezmann. Away come Nigeria
with Ambrose, Emenike, getting involved in the linkup play.
Odemwingie. Two in the box, Odemwingie might fancy this, brings
a save from Hugo Lloris. Away by Koscielny. Again good patient play,
really good head from Odemwingie on his left foot. A decent save from
the restart to his right hand side. -- really good hit. Koscielny has
picked out Griezmann. Clattered into by Ambrose. Benzema trying to find
the way through, lovely interchange, beautiful plate, Enyeama makes the
save, cleared off the line! That was superb play from France, so close to
taking the lead. That is Benzema's best moment of the game. Lovely
little one to with Griezmann. -- one-two. Technology confirming the
ball did not cross the line. Oshaniwa. They have swapped sides
with Odemwingie now on the left. Paul Pogba, lovely play. Away from
Gabriel. Into space, Matuidi. Always nearby. Griezmann with the delivery.
Full stretch, Enyeama, Valbuena. Benzema on the edge of the box.
Corner. Was not comfortable from Enyeama. Decided to punch it but
would have been best served to try to get both hands behind it and
relieve the pressure. Valbuena's delivery, again it was Laurent
relieve the pressure. Valbuena's Koscielny most prominent in the box.
It is a good ball played in, well attacked. He did not have his
shoulders open, did not see the run from Koscielny. That was a good
opportunity. 19 minutes to go. from Koscielny. That was a good
opportunity. 19 minutes Benzema. It is away by John Obi Mikel. Cabaye
with the shot, off the bar! So close for France. And then just walloped
away by Ambrose. Little misjudgement from Odemwingie, at the far post. A
good touch from Benzema, decided to smash it across the six yard box. A
brilliant hit, great strike, off the crossbar. Pogba. WHISTLE
He gets the free kick for the challenge from Obi Mikel. As usual
Koscielny up for this one. It is just over the top, the save made by
Enyeama from Benzema. Again the quality, quality of Valbuena, what a
ball played in. Comfortable save from Enyeama, straight at him,
really. Fans applying pressure. It is they are on the front foot,
Enyeama did not get to that. France are ahead, it is Paul Pogba with the
header. The goal had been coming, they had been knocking on the door.
And finally Paul Pogba has opened it with the header. They shone's team
ahead. -- Didier Deschamps's team ahead. That is poor goalkeeping,
once he comes he has got to get something on it, it is a free header
at the far post. Coolly dispatched into the back of the Nigerian net
from Paul Pogba. Matuidi, looking for Griezmann. The
shot was beaten away by Enyeama. A brilliant ball, good movement from
Griezmann. Spinning in behind. Ambrose, good ball. Offside, a
decision from the assistant. Griezmann has given France a little
something extra since coming off the bench.
Matuidi did well initially. It has been put behind by
Odemwingie. Five minutes of added time now.
Valbuena, in towards Griezmann with a chance. That is it, game, set and
match to France, they are going through to the quarterfinals.
Griezmann Seals the deal. They had enough bodies in the box as
cover. A good ball. He couldn't see the run of Griezmann until tonight
-- too late. Nigeria have never made it past the
last 16 in the World Cup. Confirming the outcome of this
second round tie. Griezmann was right there. The ball came off
Joseph Yoga. It is the experience and quality of
the French which has seen them through -- Yobo.
The final whistle and France are through to the quarterfinals. For a
long time, it was close. For a long time, Nigeria gave France a really
good game. In the end, France have come out on top.
We spent a lot of energy on the pitch. It was not easy with the
weather. After that, when we got the chance, we scored. The second goal
was so important. At the end of the game, it helped us to finish the
game. We did our best. We are leaving the
tournament with our heads held high. A lot of positives to take, we have
a young team. This team has a future, we have shown that. Our
country people will be happy with our performance.
We made the difference mentally, it was key today. The players on the
bench made a difference, it shows the spirit we have in this team.
If you development for Nigeria after that game.
Stephen Keshi the coach has resigned, he has been linked to a
South African job. And Enyeama has hinted it might be his last game. A
sad way to go by pushing the ball onto Paul Pogba's head, although you
want to look at the bigger picture. Enyeama is a good goalkeeper, he has
played in Israel, he came close to setting a record four clean sheets.
This tournament is about players outdoing their normal standards. He
cannot back on a great tournament. He won't be happy with that one.
That was a gift for Pogba. It set them on their way. Until that point,
Griezmann coming off the bench, it wasn't a French performance to be
proud of. Once they made the changes, with Giroud going off, they
looked cracking. They started with Benzema on the
left and Giroud upfront. Griezmann came on and that changed the game.
Yes. We were crying out for it at half-time. I think he completes the
picture for them. There is much more opportunity. He likes to be central.
Benzema seems lifted by that. Straight away, they are together.
Benzema should score. An early warning of the improvement ahead.
His ability on the ball, he wants to put it in that area. A good save.
Early intention. He will make runs from deep. What a cracking effort
that was. Not a great save from the keeper. He makes this goal. An own
goal. Griezmann's movement caused a problem in defence.
We talk about the impact of substitutions, is there an argument
to say one of the reasons he did so well was because the Nigerian
defence had been tired out by Benzema and -- and Giroud?
We talk about the benefits of substitution. Griezmann in the first
game against Honduras was magnificent. His manager never stood
by him. He should have been on from the start. Together, they will score
goals, and both Cabaye midfield. Matuidi and Pogba. A beautiful
balance. The full-backs are involved. Griezmann completes the
picture. You like them as a trio? Valbuena as
well. He has real power, Valbuena, don't
underestimate him. He almost hit it too well. He has pace. They have
this artistry. This little fellow knits them together. He is the glue
in the team. Demonstrating athleticism. In the final third once
more. He takes some handling. Matuidi has power and pace. He wants
to get forward. Valbuena is always available for him. Debuchy now is
the full-backs getting involved. They are all getting involved.
Would you pick them out as a strong midfield trio?
They are among the best. If you look at France, since the disaster of the
last World Cup. They came to Wembley, November 2010, very looked
so much better than England. The team has moved on from that. They
have a young team. Griezmann has played five years in Spain, what
great experience. There aren't English players doing that.
A fantastic quarterfinal set up in the Maracana on Friday.
A fantastic quarterfinal set up in against Germany. It means every TV
station, every radio station, every newspaper will do a feature on how
-- on the 1982 game. That is the memory of the two sides.
Lots of Premiership players involved. Rarely have you seen a
goalkeeper outside of his box so much. Germany need to improve.
Would you fear for that German act for?
I would do. There is much more penetration for that French team
than we have seen today. Germany can't play that badly again, surely?
I feel the French now are starting to move in the right direction.
Didier Deschamps has a great atmosphere with the team. Benzema,
but that opportunity, will put one away. Before we go, let us talk
about a couple of the news lines. Let us start with Arjen Robben. He
has in a press Conference today apologised for a dive in the first
half but said it was a definite penalty. The first thing I thought
was, a player involved in a controversial incident, and in front
of the media. I don't want to batter the FA too
much. Every single player did their bit during England's short stay. It
is the perfect strategy. When you confront the big issue it does not
fester. He used a little bit of semantics. He said he did not die
but he got out on the way they tackle he thought was coming. But
the big thing for the Dutch is he will not be disciplined by FIFA.
The other statement that came out today in bold Luis Suarez who put
out a statement apologising to Chiellini. As you can see there.
From your investigations, we think that was prompted, do we, by
Barcelona and Liverpool who worked 100% sure that that statement was
not going to come out? Chiellini put out a reply.
This statement is interesting. It has not come out at the behest of
the Uruguayan FA which has been adamant that, some of them saying,
there was no bite. It did not come from Liverpool either. This came
from his agent who is in Uruguay at the moment. There is a definite mood
that this is conditional for Barcelona if he is going there.
You hope for once that is not true and so on as has seen he has got to
do the right thing, just for once, it has got to be a genuine apology.
The guy is never going to learn. How can we be certain he will not do it
again? We have two more live games view on
BBC1 later today. They are the two games on BBC1
tomorrow. I see some quotes from the Swiss saying that Argentina are not
a one-man team. I do not know about that.
a one-man team. every time he gets the ball, how do
you stop him? How would you stop him? I have a feeling I know the
answer. The problem is he comes from the right all the time onto his left
foot. That is where he is at his best. You know what he's going to do
but you cannot stop him. You have got to be all around him as tightly
as you can. He is travelling on top of ball. Probably the best dribbler
we have seen. Maybe he has a point to prove, after Rodriguez lit up the
Maracana the other night. One goal behind him. Roberto Martinez said he
sees it very much as being the team spirit of the USA against the
individual styles of Belgium. It is interesting. We look at the
Belgium squad, lots of talent. In the past, they have had problems
harnessing that. Man for man, you would pick Belgium, but this is a
World Cup and about great teams. There is a possibility that the USA
can get a shot. I am not sure Belgium are coming
together as a team. Have you been disappointed?
They have not moved the ball quickly enough. They got out of jail if you
times in this tournament. They can only get better. Are these great
individual players finally going to come together?
Thank you to both of you. We know 6/4-finalists. Would you
believe, all six of them were group winners. While Argentina and Belgium
make it a full house later? Both games are live on BBC1, from 4:30pm.