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Hello and welcome to our World Cup replay, the game in full tonight
comes from Brasilia. France against Nigeria. Your commentary team is
Kevin Kilbane and Simon Brotherton. Marc Geiger becomes the first
American to take charge of a World Cup match beyond the group stages.
Nigeria have been forced into making a change. Victor Moses comes in
after recovering from a muscle strain. Yobo mixes 10th World Cup
appearance today, a new record for Nigeria. -- makes.
It is a hot sunny afternoon but at least the city does not have the
humidity of some of the other venues. 27 degrees the temperature.
33 degrees humidity. This is only the second meeting
between these two nations. Previously they met in a friendly
five years ago. It 1-0 by Nigeria. -- it was won. If you final thoughts
for the players before we get underway. -- a few. It is Wayne or
go home, even if it does take penalty kicks. Peter Odemwingie, who
scored the only goal of the match to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in the group
stages. The referee just waiting for the signal to get this game
underway. Koscielny starting for
the second time in this World Cup. Kevin Kilbane beside me
in the commentary box. We are expecting a very good,
attacking and open game today. Crunching challenge there. The first
types for any, the Nigerian goalkeeper. -- the first touch. He
is an expert at denying French players. He has kept 21 is clean
sheets in the French league for Lille this season. The joint best in
all of the five major leagues in Europe.
We were wondering if Moussa would play on the right hand side and
Victor Moses would come on the left. It almost fell for Benzema. A very
timely interception from Yobo. Now the break from Ambrose, the Celtic
defender. I feel that is the key for them today, Nigeria. On the
counterattack they will have to rely on the pace of Emenike, Odemwingie
and Moussa. Heavily reliant on those three players to be creative for
Nigeria to get into the final Odemwingie starting for the third
match in a row at this World Cup. An interesting second half to the
season for Stoke City. It is the first corner of the match and it
It is the first corner of the match and it goes to Nigeria.
Joseph Yobo up from the back for this one.
It was towards Joseph Yobo but it did not quite find him.
Some space for Matuidi. What an engine he has got. A real box to box
player. Did not quite full for Olivier Giroud. Again it was Yobo
there. We have seen so much from Matuidi. Bursting runs from
midfield. Good start from both sides, really. Giroud's presence
means that Benzema is a little bit more on the left-hand side survey.
He does make those runs on the left-hand side. Always looking to go
beyond Giroud as well. A goal to Nigeria. -- a goalkick. Giroud got
the start against Switzerland and scored the opening goal. But until
today a couple of appearances off the bench. He did well prior to the
World Cup. Moses with a little space. The ball
comfortably cut out by Yohan Cabaye. Yobo is winning his 101st capped for
Nigeria today. -- capped. --. Better play. I felt John Obi Mikel
was dwelling too much on the ball in previous matches. Excellent play
from him. France the winners of Group E, seven points from three
games. Nigeria second in Group F behind Argentina. Emenike yet to get
off the mark at the World Cup. He was the joint top scorer in the cup
of Nations won last year by Nigeria. Stephen Care she made one appearance
for Nigeria in the World Cup finals as a player. It was 20 years ago
today in a win over Greece in the United States.
Moussa has done a good job early in the game. -- Moussa. He has got to
try to get higher up the pitch. He is a threat when he gets in the last
third. We have gotten officiating team who have been very impressive
at this World Cup so far? Very much so. There were a lot of questions
early on in the competition about the standard of refereeing. But I
think we have seen a good standard. They have got the key decisions
right. I would like to see Moses get more
involved. He was very poor in the opening game against Iran. Left out
of the last two. You are looking for a player of his ability to have more
of an influence on the game. Given away cheaply by Benzema.
Nigeria break. Emenike! Closed down very quickly by Yohan Cabaye. He was
one on one with Koscielny. Try to beat on the outside. Get your shot
away. -- try to beat him. Moses played in the first game and
not the final two of the group stage. Open match in the first ten
minutes. Nigeria have started well. Very impressive. Certainly in
possession. Great ball from John Obi Mikel. Met
by the head of cash only. -- Koscielny.
Yobo only came back into the Nigerian squad a month before the
World Cup. He had been left out for 15 months. He thought his
international career was over. But the manager going for the tried and
trusted Yobo alongside the inexperienced Meru. -- the Meru. He
has got a lot of pace, Yobo. Emenike forward... Musa wanted it
inside. The foul given against Yohan Cabaye. By the way, Onazi is still
on the ground at the other end of the field. This is why the free kick
has been awarded. He almost slept. That is where you want a mini K,
Kevin defenders running back towards their own goal. -- Emenike. He
didn't do that in the opening game against Iran. Who was the incident
in which Onazi was injured. An untidy challenge with Paul Pogba. It
was a little tangle of legs. I'm not too sure if there was a
follow-through. Maybe a slight twist of his ankle. It was almost really
when he collided with his own team-mate. It was Onazi who broke
Baberton de's wrist in the last game. It doesn't look good for the
Nigerian midfielder. He looks in trouble. He really does. Just a
coming together at -- as well with Pogba. Do you think that was the
right knee jarred by the challenge? Yes, it looks that way. It is
difficult to call. It looked initially as if it was his ankle. He
looks in a lot of pain coming off. Nigeria momentarily down to ten men
as they prepare to take this free kick.
Real place on the ball by Odemwingie. Good cross from
Odemwingie. He just could not direct it back across goal.
Valbuena was in an acre of space. He was in a fantastic position they're
in the past had been better. He was. If he had given him a shout,
Giroud, the ball would have gone through to him. Great movement by
Benzema. They were in a good position. Meanwhile, Nigeria are
back to their full complement of 11. Onazi is back on the pitch.
Yobo playing in his third World Cup. Onazi looks OK now. The ball almost
landed into the stride of Victor Moses. Free kick to Nigeria given
against Matuidi. A lovely long diagonal ball from Yobo. Excellent
for Nigeria. That is not a great spot to go diving in. That was
almost a rugby tackled to try and get his body across. 16 minutes
played. Good support from the locals in the crowd as well for Nigeria
ahead of the kick-off. What can they make of this opportunity?
France were never in trouble there. Poor execution. You could see from a
mile away what was happening. France unbeaten so far in 2014. Unbeaten in
fact since the first leg of the World Cup play-off in Ukraine. Eight
games. Six wins and two draws. Pogba is one of those players who excelled
last season. He was wonderful for Juventus.
Three green shirts in the box. Nigeria have the lead! No, they
don't! The flag has gone up. Emenike thought he had scored. The flag went
up quickly on the far side. Was really tight. A great ball in from
Musa. Good organisation from the French defence. You can see Patrice
Evra allowing Emenike to running behind. Good organisation. Good
decision. A lucky escape for France. Ever knows he is offside. Evra. A
very close call for a Lloris and the French defence. They raced away with
it early in the group stages. 3-0 over Honduras, 5-2 over Switzerland.
It looks like they may have a match on their hands here against the
champions of Africa. The flag is up,
that would not have counted anyway. That is good hold-up play
from Giroud, Just offside. Ambrose stepping up of
the far post. Benzema with three goals in this World Cup already. Two
in the opening game against Honduras. One against Switzerland.
He was unlucky not to have two in that one as well. The referee blew
the whistle for the end of the game after he had put the ball in the
net. France with uneven record against
African sides and the World Cup over the years. A couple of wins, a
couple of defeats. Ambrose in space. Suddenly it was wide open for
France. Matuidi concedes a free kick. Great energy from the pianist
-- Paris Saint-Germain midfielder. Both midfield players. Just offside.
Emenike. Great ball from Musa. The two midfielders heavily reliant on
Onazi. A free kick given against Giroud.
Pogba with a test to stretch his legs. It was absolutely brilliant!
And so was the save from Victor Wanyama. -- nu Ma. -- Enyeama.
Possibly the best African keeper we have ever seen. A wonderful save
from him. Nu name out with two clean sheets at this World Cup already. --
Enyeama. Nigeria claiming there was a deflection off the Frenchman. --
French man. Good to see Valbuena getting a
chance in the starting XI for France at this World Cup. He did not get a
chance at the European Championships a couple of years ago.
Yohan Cabaye will need to get back here. And so will his team-mates.
Moses in towards the far post. Sliced away by Debussy. Great break
from Nigeria. That is what they want to do. Break from set plays. There
is only really Victor Moses for him to head. Odemwingie was arriving
late. Yohan Cabaye complaining to the referee about an elbow from
Victor Moses. The referee happy for the game to continue.
Very confident goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris. Yes. He did well. Nigeria
causing problems. Getting the ball wide. Two port set pieces from them.
They got a lot of height and power in the air. -- two poor. Laurie
Stephens not take his eye off the ball for one second. -- lorries. --
Hugo Lloris did not take his eye off the ball for one second. He has had
a good season for Tottenham. Barber with the best effort for
France so far in this matter. What a great folly it was. -- Pogba. He
allowed it to run across his body. Lovely technique. That is the sort
of Paul Pogba we see playing for Juventus every week. A player of
real high quality. Captain of the French team that lifted the under 20
World Cup last summer. More than capable of making a big impact at
this World Cup as well. Good movement from Nigeria. A corner
kick. They really fancy it. Good movement from Nigeria. A corner
kick. They really fancy Good run by Ambrose. Good movement from Victor
Moses, just stepping into a position where the French defence could not
pick him up. Again, a poor corner by Nigeria.
Giroud powering forward for France. The referee initially happy to let
the game go on. Giroud finally ending up on the deck. Both sides
looked vulnerable from their own set plays! That was aimed at Benzema. He
looked vulnerable from their own set pockets of French support in the
stadium here. -- a few. If you cotton wool clouds in the sky above
the stadium here in Brasilia as well. -- if you cotton wool clouds.
Par but could not get control of it. -- pub above. The Nigerian defence
taking no chances. -- Paul Pogba. Debuchy has been eager to get
forward at every available opportunity in this first half.
Those long straight balls are difficult on a slick surface. The
Nigerian manager has to be happy so far? He has. Iran proved what a
difficult side they are to break down. They showed a lot of attacking
intent, Nigeria, against Bosnia-Herzgovina, and in the
Argentina game as well. Even when the manager was asked 999 Times
about bonus payments yesterday, it was played down. Everything was
normal. I think we heard the words no problem 20 or 30 times.
A little bit of sorting out to do for the referee. This is why. Giroud
needs to be a little bit careful where he is waving his arms. I think
he has caught him there. He was trying to indicate to the referee
that John Obi Mikel's Alba was high. But Giroud suddenly caught him. --
elbow. Odemwingie... The block was made by
Varane. Excellent from Odemwingie. Just stepping in.
Much better from Mick L. -- John Obi Mikel. Just stepping in. A lovely
little ball to Ambrose. Inside the last 15 minutes of the first half.
We still wait for our first goal of the game. Sliced high by Koscielny.
Lloris was flapping at that. Poor corner. It has got to beat the first
man. Give the attacking players a chance to attack the cross.
It is a corner kick. I love the rotation between Matuidi and Paul
Pogba. When one goes, the other sits. Lovely rotation. A- top is
because we have currently got two balls on the field.
The pressure slowly starting to build here. France are a poke --
approaching this patiently. Benzema coming deeper, Giroud on the
edge of the penalty area. The delivery for Giroud was a bit of a
stretch. Wildly slashed wide by Debuchy. Still goal this year in
Brasilia. -- here. Paul Pogba for France...
by Chanel. -- washing our. Comfortably had away by Ambrose.
John Obi Mikel did not see the two French players quickly onto him.
Yohan Cabaye back in the team after a one match suspension. Yohan Cabaye
tried to nip it in there but he just ventured offside. Again, that is the
rotation. Yohan Cabaye does get forward as well. Predominantly
through this game he has looked to sit. The decision by the assistant.
-- good decision. Mu says on the left now for a
Nigeria. -- Musa. A coming together between Musa and Valbuena, two of
the more skilful players on the field. France with a really good
record in the so-called round of 16. This is the fourth time they have
played in a last 16 game. They have won the previous three. They are
being held here so far. Emenike has got to be better. He has got to hold
the ball up. He is better running away from defenders. It is not his
strength, his back to goal. Inside the last ten minutes of the
first tab. Patrice Evra trying to get forward. Onazi did a good job.
Always ready, always in position. A wonderful stadium here in
Brasilia, reconstructed at great expense. The crowd is 66,000, 832.
-- is over 66,000. It is an incredible stadium here. That was
the challenge and Victor Moses which did not result in a free kick.
Yohan Cabaye seems a much more certain starter for his national
team than his club team, since he has returned to Paris Saint-Germain.
A little misjudgement from Koran. -- Coleraine. Good cover.
Looking for a better delivery from the Nigerians. Odemwingie is close
to the goalkeeper, as close as he can get. Patrice ever doing his very
best to keep him away from Lloris. It was a decent ball. Landing in
line with the far post. I think the referee is pointing out to Patrice
ever that he has got to be more careful. It is a foul, really. I get
the feeling Patrice ever will not be allowed to do that again. -- Patrice
Evra. Matuidi gets away... Debuchy! Not
able to bring a save Matuidi gets away... Debuchy! Not
goalkeeper, never mind find the back of the net. That was a brilliant run
from Matuidi. Great run it was from Debuchy. Good communication. Just
did not get the correct contact. Emenike could not find Moses in the
middle. There have been encouraging signs for a Nigeria. Definitely
have. That is the area that Emenike wants to get himself into. Inside
right channel. Get one-on-one with Koscielny and that could be a danger
for France. The last five minutes of the opening 45. Will we have a late
twist to this first-half tail? -- first-half story? John Obi Mikel got
lucky there. Good run from Evra, good pace on the cross. A mishit
clearance they are from John Obi Mikel. -- there.
I think Odemwingie has done a really good job. He did in the previous
games as well. He acts as a right back at times, tracking the runs.
Debuchy kept the ball in. Bags of time for Ambrose to let the ball
roll out. France have gone one better than four years ago when they
went home after the group stages. It was a poor showing in the last World
Cup as well. On and off the field. They came back to France to
unanimous disapproval from the French public. They are liking what
they see this year though. They are not finding it easy in this match.
And again the referee stopped the game momentarily because they are
two balls on the field. That is what the stoppage is for.
John Obi Mikel is a more pivotal player for Nigeria than he is for
Chelsea these days. That was absolutely rifled in by Emenike.
Yes, it opened up for him. John Obi Mikel, good on the ball centrally.
Moving it quickly. A slight handball. He could not really do too
much there, Victor Moses. They are a real threat going forward.
France had more attempts on goal than anybody else at the World Cup
in the group stages. But Nigeria have had a few here.
France break. What a dangerous position. Giroud unable to pick out
his colleague. That was a great ball out from the back by Patrice Evra.
Lovely vision. Into two minutes of extra time at the end of this
first-half. Nigeria trying to finish the first
out on the front foot. Moses running into Matuidi. The referee feeling he
was stumbling and looking for that free kick. Moses got the run and
Matuidi there are a little bit. A good decision by the referee. Varane
played in the Champions League final four Real Madrid a few weeks ago,
with Pepe out injured. Valbuena was caught. That will be a
free kick. Valbuena, who got on the scoresheet
in the win against Switzerland. France absolutely thrashed them in
that game in the group stages. They cannot find a way through yet. The
flag has gone up. It is going to be a free kick to Nigeria. That should
do it for the first half. There goes the half-time whistle. Honours even
at half-time. France putting the pressure on in the last few seconds
before the break. But the referee blowing at the end of 45 minutes in
which we have yet to see a goal but we have seen lots of attacking play.
Nigeria had a goal disallowed. A tight decision for offside. Paul
Pogba had a volley saved. -- Paul Pogba had a volley saved.
France have the ffort from Paul Pogba the in the first half
but the final pass has let them down so far in this match.
The guys in the studio talking about the full-backs.
Nigeria have been able to go at them and hurt them down the side.
I think Nigeria have created problems.
Olivier Giroud read it but could not find a decent cross.
He is another one like Josef Yobo who was recalled shortly
before the World Cup, Odemwingie. Had been out of the
international scene for two years until a month before the World Cup.
Odemwingie admitted he had to eat some humble pie before being
welcomed back in after previous disagreement with the coach.
France get the decision from the referee here.
The assistant has not given the foul.
Oshaniwa put his arm across him, it looked like a foul.
Very untidy the challenge, from Oshaniwa.
Cabaye just getting ahead of Koscielny.
Koscielny puts it behind for a corner.
Good touch to put Victor Moses way down the right hand side.
The French are not comfortable going back towards their own goal.
Nigeria have some players with blistering pace.
Style of the match suiting Nigeria so far?
When the French attack, the two full-backs get in at the front
That suits Nigeria on the counterattack.
Nigeria with a player down on the far side of the field.
Omeruo was straight across to snuff that out.
I think it was the challenge from Debuchy.
Conditions here are different than encountered
Although it is warm here, humidity not a factor
Watching that game yesterday, Holland looked dead on their feet.
It was a fantastic turnaround from them.
But when you come to the southern parts of Brazil, it is
Hopefully Oshaniwa can come back on shortly.
France will get is underway once more.
Just over the top of Koscielny's head.
This is testing the legs of Oshaniwa.
The Nigerian manager believes in his striker.
It has been awhile since Nigeria shone at the World Cup.
The last time they were in the last 16 was France in 98 and were
Good decision again from the assistant.
A bang on the head as well for Varane.
He does pop up from time to time, he scored the equaliser for Arsenal
Varane is going to require some treatment and this is why.
He needs to be more brave when he is coming out to stop the cross.
France have great talent in central defence.
A player who we have not seen in Brazil, but is
a much sought-after central defender with Porto, Eliaquim Mangala.
He played the second half against Uruguay in a warm up.
So many options in this French squad in both attack and defence.
You see his ankle roll, he is in trouble.
Can do some real damage with a challenge like that.
Matuidi the first player to go in the referee?s notebook today.
Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra are both on yellow cards.
There is a yellow card amnesty after the quarterfinals
which eliminates the potential of players picking up a second
Matuidi knew straight after the challenge and held his hands up.
It looks like he rolled his ankle and is in a lot of pain.
Will he be able to come back on off the stretcher a second time?
Looks as though Nigeria will have to make a change.
Onazi is stretchered off for the second time in this game.
Lots of activity in the Nigerian technical area.
He started against Iran but has not played since.
Onazi is stretchered away, down the tunnel away to our left
Just over the top of the goal, it will be a corner kick.
Odemwingie is over to take the corners now.
Poor delivery and not beating the first man.
Nigeria playing with ten men and undecided
Azeez was stripped to come on but they have changed their minds.
Ambrose, looking for Odemwingie. The cross evades everyone,
Nigeria preparing to make a substitution
Scooped away once more, this time by Yobo.
And a rather unnecessary nudge in the back, which will result
He was called up for the World Cup just six months
He only ever made three appearances for them.
He was a somewhat controversial choice by Stephen Keshi, the coach.
They will miss Onazi in the heart of their midfield.
He is not frightened to take a strike on when he gets free,
but this was such a difficult one to take on from that angle.
France have scored a hat full of goals in 2014, but they were held in
that last group game, and struggling to find a way past Nigeria here.
Joseph Yobo, who spent the second half of
Moses, who was a key player for Nigeria in their African Cup
He scored a couple of goals along the way.
Antoine Griezmann is the player to come on, and
It was between those two for the starting place.
And Griezmann, who started two of the three group
games, only made his international debut earlier this year in March.
He comes on for his fourth appearance at this World Cup.
What do you make of Giroud's contribution?
As a target man, I think he has done quite well.
I think actually Benzema outside him on the left has struggled,
considering how well he has played up to now in the tournament.
Matuidi knocking over Odemwingie, and that will be
Nigeria have controlled the game in this second half.
A really good hit from Odemwingie on his left foot.
They have not broken stride since losing Onazi to injury.
Building up a head of steam here.
Ambrose with the cross, and Debuchy, cool and composed.
Quite a battle for that right-back spot with Bacary Sagna as well.
Yes, but Debuchy has done very well when he has played.
He has been good as an attacking option.
Paul Pogba, so skilful but also physically a very strong player.
France finding it hard to cut through the Nigeria defence.
They have got a free kick for that challenge on Evra.
Odemwingie has a bit of a kick out at him.
Just seeing this strike from Odemwingie, Hugo Lloris dealt with
We are inside the last 25 minutes of the game,
Valbuena's delivery, pretty good as well.
That has been the difference on the set plays, quality of Valbuena.
The ball did not come down quickly enough for Pogba to let fly.
Yes, Enyeama got a bit caught up under the ball,
Matuidi just catching the back of Victor Moses.
Odemwingie is suddenly in the right full-back position.
They look confident in possession, Nigeria.
Cut out by Koscielny before it could get to Emenike.
Good play, really impressed by John Obi Mikel today.
Moving the ball quickly, much better performance.
Good little pass down the outside of the French defence.
Musa poses a problem, both down the flanks, and through the centre.
Yet again and Nigeria have not made much of the corner kicks.
They are not beating the first man, so every Nigerian player,
attacking the front post, with nobody gambling at the back.
He has picked out Griezmann, clattered into by Ambrose.
Odemwingie is down, and Nigeria will have a free kick,
That is Karim Benzema's best moment of the game,
Great ball back to him, and a good save.
Victor Moses getting back on the line to cover for his defence.
And here it is again, as Victor Moses clears the ball.
Goalline technology confirming the ball did not cross the line.
He was a little bit unlucky, Enyeama, coming out.
The rebound bouncing back off Karim Benzema.
We spoke about the unity amongst the French
players, but I think we can say the same about the Nigerian players.
They have been playing for each other, and that was
There has been so much talk about the arguments over bonuses and
everything, but they do seem very unified, as do the French as well.
He looks as if he may have to come off here.
Again, Nigeria go down to ten men for the moment.
By some distance, the closest France have come to scoring in this match.
Best moment from Karim Benzema I think.
He has struggled to get into the game.
Griezmann has got 20 goals this season with Real Sociedad.
Debuchy did not have a lot of room, and the ball has gone out.
Debuchy, one of those brought back into the team.
Six changes made for the Ecuador match in the last game by
Ambrose has just come back onto the field.
France playing at this World Cup without Franck Ribery.
They do have good options but imagine how strong they would look
Griezmann, a lively addition to the line-up in this second half.
Was Musa nudged off the ball by Matuidi?
Debuchy had to throw him self at that one.
Griezmann sometimes playing through the middle.
And Benzema moving out towards the left.
Just over a quarter of an hour remaining in the 90 minutes.
Who knows, we might be here a little bit longer than that with
Odemwingie and Musa have swapped sides again.
Benzema just pulled back to the edge of the penalty area hoping
Omeruo should have seen the run from Koscielny.
So close for France and then just walloped away by Ambrose.
That was a shot that shook the frame of the goal.
Twice in the last few minutes, France close to taking the lead.
Is the pendulum going to start to swing their way?
It was the corner from Valbuena that caused the problems.
Got a goal at the European Championships two summers ago and
They want to get this done inside the 90 minutes.
Paul Pogba gets a free kick for the challenge by Obi Mikel.
Valbuena will try to be architect in chief here.
The save by Vincent Enyeama from Benzema.
They are struggling to deal with the set plays from Valbuena
Suddenly in this match, Nigeria leaning back against the
France are ahead and it is Paul Pogba with the header.
The goal has been coming, they have been knocking on the door.
With 11 minutes to go, France lead Nigeria by 1-0.
He realises his defence is not dealing with the set pieces.
Despatched into the back of the Nigerian net off the head
That is the 146 goal scored at this World Cup and there have
been more goals here in Brazil than the whole of the last tournament
in South Africa put together and the second round isn't even over.
Nigeria will have to throw the kitchen sink at France
What a grandstand finish we could have.
It has been coming in the last five minutes.
Nigeria had equipped themselves really well.
Can Nigeria pick themselves up in the closing moments as Hugo
France have not lost a knockout game at the World Cup inside 90 minutes
since the 1986 semifinal when they were beaten by Germany.
At the moment, heading for the quarterfinals.
They were winners of this match, will play Germany or Algeria
Free kick given against Gabriel, the substitute.
Nigeria have given a good account of themselves in this match,
but they eed to find something extra, a bit of craft,
a moment of inspiration to cancel out this header from Paul Pogba.
Sometimes it can be a mistake like that.
Enyeama has played well in the tournament.
Perhaps I jinxed him by saying he is the best African
But it is at a crucial stage as well.
Odemwingie. They need to get the ball forward towards Emenike.
Another goal now would surely seal the deal?
Valbuena reclaiming possession for France.
Matuidi looking for the run of Antoine Griezmann.
He has hit it well, didn't have support.
Benzema not getting up alongside him but it was a good save.
Griezmann has given France something extra since coming off the bench.
But he was not getting the opportunity to score.
Griezmann with his movement is causing problems.
Odemwingie. Inside the last six minutes.
Beaten in the last 16 in ?94 and ?98.
The deflection has carried it behind for a corner.
Similar position Musa took up when he curled that wonderful goal
Nigeria have five minutes plus added time to find a goal from
Again it is Matuidi racing down the far side of the field.
He has got such energy, the way he moves it looks as
Nigeria's set plays have looked vulnerable.
There is no real handball, it just struck his arm.
Good decision from the referee, he has had a good game.
Every chance we might see Mark Geiger and his team once more
Debuchy receiving a bit of treatment.
There is the frustrated Nigerian goalkeeper.
Hurriedly cleared by Ruben Gabriel. They just need more composure,
really. Utilise the width like they have done. Get the ball to Victor
Moses and Emenike upfront. It is comfortable for the French defence
at the moment. Two and a half minutes plus added
time. Varane is so elegant. The covers someone's face. -- he covers
so much space. Matuidi fouled by Gabriel. They are
just trying to kill the game. Matuidi fouled by Gabriel. They are
just They are keeping the ball well. Matuidi buying the foul. It allows
the French to set themselves down with -- to settle themselves down.
Moses is gone off and Nwofor is coming on for Nigeria.
Griezmann causing problems for Nigeria. Paul Pogba settles for a
corner. Griezmann involved in the attack. He has given them that
little bit of energy and creativity in the final third.
We are in the last minute of the 90. How much added time will we get? We
will find out shortly. The fourth official from Iran getting the board
ready. It looks like it may well be five minutes. Those fans really
starting to believe that France are going to go through to the
quarterfinals. They had to do it the hard way to reach the World Cup.
Finishing behind Spain in their group and losing the first leg of
the play-off against Ukraine away. It was a great performance in Paris
that secured a place in this tournament.
That will not please Deschamps. He will want them to keep it in the
corner. We're having five of added time. But Nigeria just cannot get
hold of the ball, never mind get it to the other end of the field.
Griezmann has been able to keep hold of the ball that little bit longer.
He has been the difference. Griezmann! That is it. Game, set and
match for France. They are going through to the quarterfinals.
Griezmann Seals the deal. The Nigerian defence did not get
themselves organised. It was a great run by Griezmann. Right across the
defender. Good ball from Valbuena and well finished off. They have not
defender. Good ball from Valbuena got enough bodies in the box as
cover. Really good ball. Good finish. And still Nigeria has never
made it past the last 16 of the World Cup. This is the third time
they would have been beaten at this stage. It is Yobo. He has not got
his body open. Cannot see the run of Griezmann onto it is too late. The
ball ultimately deflecting in of Yobo, just to complete guide -- the
misery for Nigeria. Yes, it came off Yobo. It was the movement from
Griezmann that made the goal. Yeovil not seen him until it was too late.
-- Yobo did not see him until it was too late. It will be a goal kick to
France as they make a late change. Sissoko is coming on. He started the
previous two matters before this one. Valbuena is coming off. That
will take a little while, being as he was the furthest from the
technical area. A standing ovation from the travelling French fans for
the Marseille player. Sissoko of Newcastle about to come on. Not much
time left. He might do well to get a touch of the ball. Yes, he has been
excellent, Valbuena, again, certainly in the latter stages of
the match. this World Cup campaign. But it was
a close game for a long time. Still looking for a consolation. Handball.
Free kick to France. Yes, it was an unnecessary corner given away by
Odemwingie that led to the goal. The deflection of Yobo put paid to
Nigerian's tournament. A goal which confirms the outcome of this second
round tie. The ball coming off Yobo. Odemwingie. France now in danger
of finding a third Benzema being chased by
Reuben Gabriel. There may be time for one last
attack for Nigeria, just about. The experience and quality of
the French has seen them through. And France are through to
the quarterfinals. Paul Pogba with a header
in 11 minutes from the end, and then the result confirmed with a
deflection off Joseph Yobo, who went for the ball with the goalkeeper and
Antoine Griezmann in added time. For a long, long time it was close,
and Nigeria gave France a really good game, but in the end, it is
France who have come out on top. Nigeria still have never made
it through to the last eight. France will play Germany or Algeria
in Rio next. That is it. Thanks for watching. France
in Rio next. That is it. Thanks for watching. will now play Germany and
we will have another World Cup replay for you tomorrow.
But sometimes, something can happen that leaves you no choice