01/07/2014 Match of the Day


01/07/2014

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

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and they saw two continents collide. Striking back for Nigeria.

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Odemwingie, one - zero. He might be away here, too-to!

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-- 2-2. And Muller had a hat-trick.

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Slim I! Algeria. -- Slimani.

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Algeria are through. We will start in Porto Allegri,

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Germany with expectations of going a long wait in the tournament, against

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Algeria. 1982, that has been the only talking

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point since this tie came about, 1982, that has been the only talking

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Algeria's first World Cup and in wind in their first game against the

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then West Germany. The Germans contrived in result with

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Austria that eliminated Algeria. Revenge would been an enormous

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upset. This Germany team has changes.

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Algeria has five changes. Ozil, a nice flick. The lay-off was

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fine from Muller. Another crack at delivery. That was well challenged.

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Algeria Spring Germany on the break, Slimani was forced wide. A super

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tackle. The defenders were back, covering, just of thing that Algeria

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have been preparing for. The ball was one deep in their own half.

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Neuer showed he was a decent outfield player, he had to get that

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one right. Feghouli ran into trouble. Bastian

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Schweinsteiger finding one up. Rais M'Bolhi had to catch it and made it

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look simple. Not the most convincing save in the first instance, straight

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up into the air. Soudani is in the centre. Joined by

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Hadar. -- Taider. Germany are rocking at the back. Algeria, they

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are just rocking and rolling. Looking so impressive going forward.

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A terrific cross. The whistle is going, it is not going to count. It

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was an absolute beauty as well. Slimani really shouldn't be offside

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there, but he was. And he just waited, and he stayed level with

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Boateng. The header was perfect. A nice touch from Slimani. Taider.

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Mehdi Mostefa. Algeria are playing some lovely football. Support from

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Ghoulam, into the box. I wonder whether Neu Ahad got a touch. He

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called it wide -- Manuel Neuer. A confident Algerian team. You

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wonder whether that is the last morning that Germany will need.

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-- morning. -- warning. Drilled back, and deflected, Manuel

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Neuer Abels going wrong way. It was Boateng. A good job it hit him as

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hard as it did. Red faces all round if you are

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German, at this performance so far. A good save by Rais M'Bolhi. Another

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good save, to keep out Mario Gotze. It looked for all the world as if

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Gotze was going to gobble up the rebound.

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Schurrle got onto it, it was deflected, Thomas Muller will not

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get there. Schurrle already looks to be making a difference.

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A lovely side step by Kroos. Straight at Rais M'Bolhi. He

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couldn't direct the header anywhere but there.

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The flag stayed down. A great try. Philipp Lahm was going for goal. He

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nearly always hits them nicely, and it needed the fingertips of the

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Algerian keeper. That was a blinding save by Rais M'Bolhi.

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Schurrle, dropping the shoulder to get away from Aissa Mandi. The shot

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was off target but it was comfortable for Rais M'Bolhi.

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Algeria are sensing the chance to push on a bit. Now might be their

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time. Marry a know it Mario Noriega knows

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exactly where his posts are -- Manuel Neu A.

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Blocked by Balkal M. Keeping out Thomas Muller. -- locked by

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Belkalem. The header was too much down the middle.

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Thomas Muller was onside. He did brilliantly until the finish. You

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don't often say that about him, that is normally the best thing he does

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of all. That was terrific, the control and awareness was

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marvellous. With the goal in his sights, he know exactly where Rais

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M'Bolhi was, but he put it wide. Will that left Germany in the last

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few seconds? -- lift. Rais M'Bolhi makes the save. Bastian

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Schweinsteiger timed his run beautifully but he did not really

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meet the header. That is it, we are going to have 30

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minutes more. Chances have come and gone for both sides. You could argue

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Algeria have had the better ones. Who wins now, or do we go to

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penalties? Schurrle! Germany have only needed

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90 seconds of extra time to score. Having failed to find the net in 90

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minutes. Thomas Muller made it. That is what he does if he is not scoring

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them himself. He had the strength will stop he is looking up all the

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time, he knows where Schurrle is going to move to. The finish, is it

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genius? I think it is. The ball was behind him, he knew what he had to

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do. That is not luck, that is brilliant skill from Schurrle.

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A nice side step, strike by Thomas Muller but it was wide.

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Ten World Cup appearances, nine goals and five assists.

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Abdelmoumene Djabou, his first touch and he has want a Koerner -- corner

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from it, courtesy of Khedira. Just too high, Mehdi Mostefa with

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the shot. Almost in tears as he sees it fly wide. Only had one shot at

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it. His primary role is to stop the play rather than score

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Schurrle, finding Ozil. Schurrle. Ozil again, Germany are going

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through. It is all over for Algeria. It was just one bit of defending too

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much for the Algerians. did. We have a Germany win. Made in

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Chelsea and finished by Arsenal. Ozil's energy has been outstanding.

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Feghouli. As has his. A Ozil's energy has been outstanding.

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and Algeria have a goal. In the second is that remain maybe it is

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not quite over yet. There is a little bit of hope. Brahimi

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brilliant. Feghouli with a peach of a cross. It is finished by Djabou.

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And that will do it. Yet another incredible game. At this quite

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amazing World Cup. Deutschland uber Algeria but only just. They have

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been made to go the whole distance and more besides. It is Germany who

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march on even guys sounded shattered. -- even guy. I you torn

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between praising Algeria to going toe to toe and yet thinking, they

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will be kicking themselves. They could have won it. It was there for

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them. There were long periods when it looked like they would. Looking

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at the Algeria team, it is remarkable. Not talking about

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Champions League footballers, like Costa Rica, another sign that adds

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up to more than the sum of its parts. That is what being an team

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seems to fail to do one a regular basis. Looking at those teams, the

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Jags aero -- Ajaccio, Rennes, teams in Bulgaria. Looking out the

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Germans, they got off to the perfect start in extra time. That is when

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they played their best football. The latter stages of the game. Schurrle

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is the one who makes the run. Ghoulam was outstanding but

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is the one who makes the run. go on this occasion. Miller puts a

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great ball in. And from the other angle, look at the quality of the

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finish. He scoops it in, sweeps it, fantastic finish. It was going to

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take something like that to beat this goalkeeper today, Mbolhi was

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magnificent. They limped over the line. He has had an up-and-down

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season, Schurrle. He started quite strong, played at Old Trafford when

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Mourinho did not play a striker. But he was one of three players pictured

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at the Arsenal Christmas party, the other one was Ashley Cole, Ryan

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Bertrand went on loan and Schurrle was out of the team for a while. He

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started against Liverpool at Anfield but neither rob the Atletico Madrid

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legs. -- neither of. But he is a very good player to come on. 28

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shots in total, generally, more than any other side at this World Cup.

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They had a few. M?ller was really the main striker. Lahm, playing in

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that central midfield role, this is a textbook save. Mbolhi, fantastic

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save. This is a header that I'm sure we look at it later and he has to

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score. As good as he years, M?ller, he should be putting that away.

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Again the save was almost straight at him. Manchester United came close

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to signing the goalkeeper. They have missed out on one. M?ller does

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everything right except the finish. He should be using his left, but it

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is a nothing finish. You were looking and social media during the

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first-half, Germany's Highline was discussed. I would imagine sweeper

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keeper was trending as well. You look at this, such a high line, they

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have very little pace. Slimani, this is the back three. Manuel Neuer,

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this kid, he is incredible. He is the back three. Manuel Neuer,

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after him like a centre-half is the back three. Manuel Neuer,

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makes a great challenge. is the back three. Manuel Neuer,

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They kept flirting with danger, is the back three. Manuel Neuer,

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losing it in midfield, then they through on goal. Slimani again.

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Neuer, Mertesacker making the challenge. Neuer has to take up such

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a high position to get them out of trouble. This is the offside goal.

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Yes he is offside but they have no idea, they are fortunate. Good

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finish. That is a wake-up call, it happens too many times. You cannot

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leave Mertesacker with this amount of green grass behind him. Do you

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think Neuer knows? He senses it. He does especially well, he does not go

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away, he comes back in. Has there ever been a better sweeper keeper

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than this fella? Another one, over the top. Look who is there again,

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this time with the header, first class. He reads things. But this is

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the one, that worries me and concerns me the most. This is the

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area they want to get into. If you look at Boateng, he comes flying

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area they want to get into. If you out. He should be dropping. You have

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to recognise the danger is in behind you. But Neuer knows that, he cannot

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trust his defenders. Makes the clearance. That is obviously a

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tactic. They are obviously being told to play the Highline and one of

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the reasons is because they have a goalkeeper who positions himself and

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does what he does, surely? I think so, they want a condensed midfield,

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they want to get back line-up but they are river doing it. They should

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be holding to drop. You can see that last example they are just going one

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way. If you are in the German defence alongside Mertesacker, would

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you be saying to the coach, we are to have to drop ten yards,

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eventually we will be done? Definitely, you have to drop and say

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let's can here. If Mertesacker is on the edge of the box there is no

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better defender. But at Arsenal when they played the high line they were

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in trouble and Germany are persisting with that. If they want

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to proceed through the tournament they will have to adjust. So Germany

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through to the quarterfinals but who will face them in the Maracana on

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Friday afternoon? France and Nigeria met in Brasilia where they were

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watched by Kevin Caliban and Simon Brotherton. COMMENTATOR: It seems to

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be feast or famine with France in recent times, finalists in 2006,

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home early after a shambolic effort in South Africa and now a promising

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start in Brazil. Expectations soaring, before the goalless draw

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against Ecuador. There were half a dozen changes to that line-up. The

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African champions, Nigeria, in the last 16 for the third time, the

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first African nation to do so. Didier Deschamps comes back Yohan

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Cabaye after suspension, one of six changes from the final group game

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against Ecuador. Debuchy and Evra comeback in at full-back, as does

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Raphael Varane alongside Koscielny in central defence. Mathieu Valbuena

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is preferred to Moussa Sissoko on the right-hand side. And Olivier

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Giroud of Arsenal makes his second start of the tournament with Antoine

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Griezmann dropping to the bench. Nigeria have been forced into making

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a change with Michel Babatunde ruled out after suffering a fractured

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wrist when hit by a shot from team-mate Onazi in the Argentina

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game. Victor Moses replaces him after recovering from a muscle

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strain. Joseph Yobo makes his ten World Cup appearance today, a new

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Nigerian record, taking him past Jay Jay Okocha. It is a sunny afternoon

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in Brasilia but at least the city does not have the humidity of some

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of the other venues. 27 degrees the temperature. Efe Ambrose. Debuchy

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nearly helps it out to Ahmed Musa. Three green shirts to a mat and

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Nigeria have the lead, no they don't. The flag has gone up. Emenike

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thought he had scored. But the flag up quickly on the far hand side.

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KEVIN KILBANE: It is tight, really tired, great bowling but good

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organisation from the defence, Patrice Evra on the far side

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allowing Emenike to run in behind. Good decision,

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allowing Emenike to run in behind. Evra. -- great ball in. A chance for

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Paul Pogba to stretch his legs. Valbuena. Lovely bowl, Pogba! It was

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absolutely brilliant, so was the save from any armour. That is a

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brilliant break from Pogba, lovely ball played back from Valbuena. He

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struck it well, Enyeama, he is a top keeper. Pockets of French support in

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the stadium. Matuidi tussling with a Nazi, away from him and John Obi

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Mikel. It could open up for France. Valbuena, Debuchy. Not able to bring

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a save from Enyeama, never mind find the back of the net in the end. It

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is a brilliant run from Matuidi, sending Valbuena away. A great run

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from Debuchy inside him. Just did not get the correct contact on it.

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Onazi. John Obi Mikel. Pivotal player for Nigeria, as folk

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Chelsea. -- much more pivotal for Nigeria than Chelsea. That was into

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the path of Victor Moses. Absolutely rifled in. It opened up for Emenike.

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John Obi Mikel moving it quickly, a good head, was there a handball? He

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could not do much, Victor Moses. It has been awhile since Nigeria really

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shone in the World Cup, the last time they were in the last 16 was in

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France in 1998, beaten by Denmark that day. Moses in the of Matuidi.

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Stuck between his feet. In by Ambrose. The flag goes up. Great

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ball, brilliant ball played in from Ambrose. Just offside, good decision

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again. The manager made one appearance in a World Cup finals as

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a player, 20 years ago today, beating Greece in the United States.

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Forward by Matuidi, trying to pick out Griezmann. Away come Nigeria

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with Ambrose, Emenike, getting involved in the linkup play.

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Odemwingie. Two in the box, Odemwingie might fancy this, brings

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a save from Hugo Lloris. Away by Koscielny. Again good patient play,

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really good head from Odemwingie on his left foot. A decent save from

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the restart to his right hand side. -- really good hit. Koscielny has

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picked out Griezmann. Clattered into by Ambrose. Benzema trying to find

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the way through, lovely interchange, beautiful plate, Enyeama makes the

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save, cleared off the line! That was superb play from France, so close to

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taking the lead. That is Benzema's best moment of the game. Lovely

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little one to with Griezmann. -- one-two. Technology confirming the

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ball did not cross the line. Oshaniwa. They have swapped sides

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with Odemwingie now on the left. Paul Pogba, lovely play. Away from

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Gabriel. Into space, Matuidi. Always nearby. Griezmann with the delivery.

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Full stretch, Enyeama, Valbuena. Benzema on the edge of the box.

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Corner. Was not comfortable from Enyeama. Decided to punch it but

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would have been best served to try to get both hands behind it and

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relieve the pressure. Valbuena's delivery, again it was Laurent

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relieve the pressure. Valbuena's Koscielny most prominent in the box.

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It is a good ball played in, well attacked. He did not have his

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shoulders open, did not see the run from Koscielny. That was a good

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opportunity. 19 minutes to go. from Koscielny. That was a good

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opportunity. 19 minutes Benzema. It is away by John Obi Mikel. Cabaye

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with the shot, off the bar! So close for France. And then just walloped

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away by Ambrose. Little misjudgement from Odemwingie, at the far post. A

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good touch from Benzema, decided to smash it across the six yard box. A

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brilliant hit, great strike, off the crossbar. Pogba. WHISTLE

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He gets the free kick for the challenge from Obi Mikel. As usual

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Koscielny up for this one. It is just over the top, the save made by

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Enyeama from Benzema. Again the quality, quality of Valbuena, what a

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ball played in. Comfortable save from Enyeama, straight at him,

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really. Fans applying pressure. It is they are on the front foot,

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Enyeama did not get to that. France are ahead, it is Paul Pogba with the

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header. The goal had been coming, they had been knocking on the door.

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And finally Paul Pogba has opened it with the header. They shone's team

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ahead. -- Didier Deschamps's team ahead. That is poor goalkeeping,

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once he comes he has got to get something on it, it is a free header

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at the far post. Coolly dispatched into the back of the Nigerian net

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from Paul Pogba. Matuidi, looking for Griezmann. The

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shot was beaten away by Enyeama. A brilliant ball, good movement from

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Griezmann. Spinning in behind. Ambrose, good ball. Offside, a

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decision from the assistant. Griezmann has given France a little

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something extra since coming off the bench.

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Matuidi did well initially. It has been put behind by

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Odemwingie. Five minutes of added time now.

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Valbuena, in towards Griezmann with a chance. That is it, game, set and

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match to France, they are going through to the quarterfinals.

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Griezmann Seals the deal. They had enough bodies in the box as

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cover. A good ball. He couldn't see the run of Griezmann until tonight

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-- too late. Nigeria have never made it past the

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last 16 in the World Cup. Confirming the outcome of this

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second round tie. Griezmann was right there. The ball came off

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Joseph Yoga. It is the experience and quality of

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the French which has seen them through -- Yobo.

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The final whistle and France are through to the quarterfinals. For a

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long time, it was close. For a long time, Nigeria gave France a really

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good game. In the end, France have come out on top.

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We spent a lot of energy on the pitch. It was not easy with the

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weather. After that, when we got the chance, we scored. The second goal

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was so important. At the end of the game, it helped us to finish the

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game. We did our best. We are leaving the

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tournament with our heads held high. A lot of positives to take, we have

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a young team. This team has a future, we have shown that. Our

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country people will be happy with our performance.

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We made the difference mentally, it was key today. The players on the

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bench made a difference, it shows the spirit we have in this team.

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If you development for Nigeria after that game.

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Stephen Keshi the coach has resigned, he has been linked to a

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South African job. And Enyeama has hinted it might be his last game. A

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sad way to go by pushing the ball onto Paul Pogba's head, although you

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want to look at the bigger picture. Enyeama is a good goalkeeper, he has

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played in Israel, he came close to setting a record four clean sheets.

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This tournament is about players outdoing their normal standards. He

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cannot back on a great tournament. He won't be happy with that one.

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That was a gift for Pogba. It set them on their way. Until that point,

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Griezmann coming off the bench, it wasn't a French performance to be

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proud of. Once they made the changes, with Giroud going off, they

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looked cracking. They started with Benzema on the

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left and Giroud upfront. Griezmann came on and that changed the game.

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Yes. We were crying out for it at half-time. I think he completes the

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picture for them. There is much more opportunity. He likes to be central.

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Benzema seems lifted by that. Straight away, they are together.

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Benzema should score. An early warning of the improvement ahead.

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His ability on the ball, he wants to put it in that area. A good save.

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Early intention. He will make runs from deep. What a cracking effort

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that was. Not a great save from the keeper. He makes this goal. An own

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goal. Griezmann's movement caused a problem in defence.

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We talk about the impact of substitutions, is there an argument

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to say one of the reasons he did so well was because the Nigerian

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defence had been tired out by Benzema and -- and Giroud?

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We talk about the benefits of substitution. Griezmann in the first

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game against Honduras was magnificent. His manager never stood

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by him. He should have been on from the start. Together, they will score

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goals, and both Cabaye midfield. Matuidi and Pogba. A beautiful

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balance. The full-backs are involved. Griezmann completes the

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picture. You like them as a trio? Valbuena as

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well. He has real power, Valbuena, don't

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underestimate him. He almost hit it too well. He has pace. They have

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this artistry. This little fellow knits them together. He is the glue

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in the team. Demonstrating athleticism. In the final third once

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more. He takes some handling. Matuidi has power and pace. He wants

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to get forward. Valbuena is always available for him. Debuchy now is

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the full-backs getting involved. They are all getting involved.

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Would you pick them out as a strong midfield trio?

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They are among the best. If you look at France, since the disaster of the

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last World Cup. They came to Wembley, November 2010, very looked

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so much better than England. The team has moved on from that. They

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have a young team. Griezmann has played five years in Spain, what

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great experience. There aren't English players doing that.

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A fantastic quarterfinal set up in the Maracana on Friday.

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A fantastic quarterfinal set up in against Germany. It means every TV

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station, every radio station, every newspaper will do a feature on how

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-- on the 1982 game. That is the memory of the two sides.

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Lots of Premiership players involved. Rarely have you seen a

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goalkeeper outside of his box so much. Germany need to improve.

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Would you fear for that German act for?

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I would do. There is much more penetration for that French team

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than we have seen today. Germany can't play that badly again, surely?

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I feel the French now are starting to move in the right direction.

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Didier Deschamps has a great atmosphere with the team. Benzema,

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but that opportunity, will put one away. Before we go, let us talk

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about a couple of the news lines. Let us start with Arjen Robben. He

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has in a press Conference today apologised for a dive in the first

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half but said it was a definite penalty. The first thing I thought

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was, a player involved in a controversial incident, and in front

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of the media. I don't want to batter the FA too

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much. Every single player did their bit during England's short stay. It

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is the perfect strategy. When you confront the big issue it does not

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fester. He used a little bit of semantics. He said he did not die

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but he got out on the way they tackle he thought was coming. But

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the big thing for the Dutch is he will not be disciplined by FIFA.

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The other statement that came out today in bold Luis Suarez who put

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out a statement apologising to Chiellini. As you can see there.

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From your investigations, we think that was prompted, do we, by

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Barcelona and Liverpool who worked 100% sure that that statement was

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not going to come out? Chiellini put out a reply.

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This statement is interesting. It has not come out at the behest of

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the Uruguayan FA which has been adamant that, some of them saying,

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there was no bite. It did not come from Liverpool either. This came

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from his agent who is in Uruguay at the moment. There is a definite mood

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that this is conditional for Barcelona if he is going there.

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You hope for once that is not true and so on as has seen he has got to

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do the right thing, just for once, it has got to be a genuine apology.

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The guy is never going to learn. How can we be certain he will not do it

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again? We have two more live games view on

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BBC1 later today. They are the two games on BBC1

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tomorrow. I see some quotes from the Swiss saying that Argentina are not

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a one-man team. I do not know about that.

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a one-man team. every time he gets the ball, how do

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you stop him? How would you stop him? I have a feeling I know the

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answer. The problem is he comes from the right all the time onto his left

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foot. That is where he is at his best. You know what he's going to do

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but you cannot stop him. You have got to be all around him as tightly

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as you can. He is travelling on top of ball. Probably the best dribbler

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we have seen. Maybe he has a point to prove, after Rodriguez lit up the

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Maracana the other night. One goal behind him. Roberto Martinez said he

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sees it very much as being the team spirit of the USA against the

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individual styles of Belgium. It is interesting. We look at the

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Belgium squad, lots of talent. In the past, they have had problems

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harnessing that. Man for man, you would pick Belgium, but this is a

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World Cup and about great teams. There is a possibility that the USA

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can get a shot. I am not sure Belgium are coming

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together as a team. Have you been disappointed?

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They have not moved the ball quickly enough. They got out of jail if you

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times in this tournament. They can only get better. Are these great

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individual players finally going to come together?

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Thank you to both of you. We know 6/4-finalists. Would you

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believe, all six of them were group winners. While Argentina and Belgium

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make it a full house later? Both games are live on BBC1, from 4:30pm.

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Goodbye.

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