France v Nigeria Match of the Day


France v Nigeria

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Hello and welcome to our World Cup replay, the game in full tonight

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comes from Brasilia. France against Nigeria. Your commentary team is

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Kevin Kilbane and Simon Brotherton. Marc Geiger becomes the first

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American to take charge of a World Cup match beyond the group stages.

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Nigeria have been forced into making a change. Victor Moses comes in

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after recovering from a muscle strain. Yobo mixes 10th World Cup

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appearance today, a new record for Nigeria. -- makes.

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It is a hot sunny afternoon but at least the city does not have the

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humidity of some of the other venues. 27 degrees the temperature.

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33 degrees humidity. This is only the second meeting

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between these two nations. Previously they met in a friendly

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five years ago. It 1-0 by Nigeria. -- it was won. If you final thoughts

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for the players before we get underway. -- a few. It is Wayne or

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go home, even if it does take penalty kicks. Peter Odemwingie, who

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scored the only goal of the match to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in the group

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stages. The referee just waiting for the signal to get this game

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underway. Koscielny starting for

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the second time in this World Cup. Kevin Kilbane beside me

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in the commentary box. We are expecting a very good,

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attacking and open game today. Crunching challenge there. The first

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types for any, the Nigerian goalkeeper. -- the first touch. He

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is an expert at denying French players. He has kept 21 is clean

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sheets in the French league for Lille this season. The joint best in

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all of the five major leagues in Europe.

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We were wondering if Moussa would play on the right hand side and

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Victor Moses would come on the left. It almost fell for Benzema. A very

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timely interception from Yobo. Now the break from Ambrose, the Celtic

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defender. I feel that is the key for them today, Nigeria. On the

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counterattack they will have to rely on the pace of Emenike, Odemwingie

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and Moussa. Heavily reliant on those three players to be creative for

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Nigeria to get into the final Odemwingie starting for the third

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match in a row at this World Cup. An interesting second half to the

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season for Stoke City. It is the first corner of the match and it

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It is the first corner of the match and it goes to Nigeria.

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Joseph Yobo up from the back for this one.

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It was towards Joseph Yobo but it did not quite find him.

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Some space for Matuidi. What an engine he has got. A real box to box

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player. Did not quite full for Olivier Giroud. Again it was Yobo

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there. We have seen so much from Matuidi. Bursting runs from

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midfield. Good start from both sides, really. Giroud's presence

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means that Benzema is a little bit more on the left-hand side survey.

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He does make those runs on the left-hand side. Always looking to go

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beyond Giroud as well. A goal to Nigeria. -- a goalkick. Giroud got

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the start against Switzerland and scored the opening goal. But until

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today a couple of appearances off the bench. He did well prior to the

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World Cup. Moses with a little space. The ball

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comfortably cut out by Yohan Cabaye. Yobo is winning his 101st capped for

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Nigeria today. -- capped. --. Better play. I felt John Obi Mikel

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was dwelling too much on the ball in previous matches. Excellent play

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from him. France the winners of Group E, seven points from three

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games. Nigeria second in Group F behind Argentina. Emenike yet to get

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off the mark at the World Cup. He was the joint top scorer in the cup

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of Nations won last year by Nigeria. Stephen Care she made one appearance

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for Nigeria in the World Cup finals as a player. It was 20 years ago

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today in a win over Greece in the United States.

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Moussa has done a good job early in the game. -- Moussa. He has got to

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try to get higher up the pitch. He is a threat when he gets in the last

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third. We have gotten officiating team who have been very impressive

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at this World Cup so far? Very much so. There were a lot of questions

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early on in the competition about the standard of refereeing. But I

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think we have seen a good standard. They have got the key decisions

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right. I would like to see Moses get more

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involved. He was very poor in the opening game against Iran. Left out

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of the last two. You are looking for a player of his ability to have more

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of an influence on the game. Given away cheaply by Benzema.

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Nigeria break. Emenike! Closed down very quickly by Yohan Cabaye. He was

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one on one with Koscielny. Try to beat on the outside. Get your shot

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away. -- try to beat him. Moses played in the first game and

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not the final two of the group stage. Open match in the first ten

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minutes. Nigeria have started well. Very impressive. Certainly in

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possession. Great ball from John Obi Mikel. Met

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by the head of cash only. -- Koscielny.

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Yobo only came back into the Nigerian squad a month before the

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World Cup. He had been left out for 15 months. He thought his

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international career was over. But the manager going for the tried and

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trusted Yobo alongside the inexperienced Meru. -- the Meru. He

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has got a lot of pace, Yobo. Emenike forward... Musa wanted it

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inside. The foul given against Yohan Cabaye. By the way, Onazi is still

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on the ground at the other end of the field. This is why the free kick

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has been awarded. He almost slept. That is where you want a mini K,

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Kevin defenders running back towards their own goal. -- Emenike. He

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didn't do that in the opening game against Iran. Who was the incident

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in which Onazi was injured. An untidy challenge with Paul Pogba. It

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was a little tangle of legs. I'm not too sure if there was a

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follow-through. Maybe a slight twist of his ankle. It was almost really

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when he collided with his own team-mate. It was Onazi who broke

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Baberton de's wrist in the last game. It doesn't look good for the

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Nigerian midfielder. He looks in trouble. He really does. Just a

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coming together at -- as well with Pogba. Do you think that was the

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right knee jarred by the challenge? Yes, it looks that way. It is

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difficult to call. It looked initially as if it was his ankle. He

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looks in a lot of pain coming off. Nigeria momentarily down to ten men

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as they prepare to take this free kick.

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Real place on the ball by Odemwingie. Good cross from

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Odemwingie. He just could not direct it back across goal.

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Valbuena was in an acre of space. He was in a fantastic position they're

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in the past had been better. He was. If he had given him a shout,

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Giroud, the ball would have gone through to him. Great movement by

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Benzema. They were in a good position. Meanwhile, Nigeria are

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back to their full complement of 11. Onazi is back on the pitch.

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Yobo playing in his third World Cup. Onazi looks OK now. The ball almost

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landed into the stride of Victor Moses. Free kick to Nigeria given

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against Matuidi. A lovely long diagonal ball from Yobo. Excellent

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for Nigeria. That is not a great spot to go diving in. That was

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almost a rugby tackled to try and get his body across. 16 minutes

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played. Good support from the locals in the crowd as well for Nigeria

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ahead of the kick-off. What can they make of this opportunity?

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France were never in trouble there. Poor execution. You could see from a

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mile away what was happening. France unbeaten so far in 2014. Unbeaten in

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fact since the first leg of the World Cup play-off in Ukraine. Eight

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games. Six wins and two draws. Pogba is one of those players who excelled

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last season. He was wonderful for Juventus.

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Three green shirts in the box. Nigeria have the lead! No, they

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don't! The flag has gone up. Emenike thought he had scored. The flag went

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up quickly on the far side. Was really tight. A great ball in from

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Musa. Good organisation from the French defence. You can see Patrice

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Evra allowing Emenike to running behind. Good organisation. Good

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decision. A lucky escape for France. Ever knows he is offside. Evra. A

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very close call for a Lloris and the French defence. They raced away with

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it early in the group stages. 3-0 over Honduras, 5-2 over Switzerland.

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It looks like they may have a match on their hands here against the

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champions of Africa. The flag is up,

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that would not have counted anyway. That is good hold-up play

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from Giroud, Just offside. Ambrose stepping up of

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the far post. Benzema with three goals in this World Cup already. Two

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in the opening game against Honduras. One against Switzerland.

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He was unlucky not to have two in that one as well. The referee blew

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the whistle for the end of the game after he had put the ball in the

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net. France with uneven record against

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African sides and the World Cup over the years. A couple of wins, a

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couple of defeats. Ambrose in space. Suddenly it was wide open for

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France. Matuidi concedes a free kick. Great energy from the pianist

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-- Paris Saint-Germain midfielder. Both midfield players. Just offside.

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Emenike. Great ball from Musa. The two midfielders heavily reliant on

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Onazi. A free kick given against Giroud.

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Pogba with a test to stretch his legs. It was absolutely brilliant!

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And so was the save from Victor Wanyama. -- nu Ma. -- Enyeama.

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Possibly the best African keeper we have ever seen. A wonderful save

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from him. Nu name out with two clean sheets at this World Cup already. --

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Enyeama. Nigeria claiming there was a deflection off the Frenchman. --

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French man. Good to see Valbuena getting a

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chance in the starting XI for France at this World Cup. He did not get a

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chance at the European Championships a couple of years ago.

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Yohan Cabaye will need to get back here. And so will his team-mates.

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Moses in towards the far post. Sliced away by Debussy. Great break

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from Nigeria. That is what they want to do. Break from set plays. There

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is only really Victor Moses for him to head. Odemwingie was arriving

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late. Yohan Cabaye complaining to the referee about an elbow from

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Victor Moses. The referee happy for the game to continue.

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Very confident goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris. Yes. He did well. Nigeria

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causing problems. Getting the ball wide. Two port set pieces from them.

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They got a lot of height and power in the air. -- two poor. Laurie

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Stephens not take his eye off the ball for one second. -- lorries. --

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Hugo Lloris did not take his eye off the ball for one second. He has had

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a good season for Tottenham. Barber with the best effort for

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France so far in this matter. What a great folly it was. -- Pogba. He

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allowed it to run across his body. Lovely technique. That is the sort

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of Paul Pogba we see playing for Juventus every week. A player of

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real high quality. Captain of the French team that lifted the under 20

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World Cup last summer. More than capable of making a big impact at

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this World Cup as well. Good movement from Nigeria. A corner

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kick. They really fancy it. Good movement from Nigeria. A corner

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kick. They really fancy Good run by Ambrose. Good movement from Victor

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Moses, just stepping into a position where the French defence could not

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pick him up. Again, a poor corner by Nigeria.

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Giroud powering forward for France. The referee initially happy to let

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the game go on. Giroud finally ending up on the deck. Both sides

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looked vulnerable from their own set plays! That was aimed at Benzema. He

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looked vulnerable from their own set pockets of French support in the

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stadium here. -- a few. If you cotton wool clouds in the sky above

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the stadium here in Brasilia as well. -- if you cotton wool clouds.

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Par but could not get control of it. -- pub above. The Nigerian defence

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taking no chances. -- Paul Pogba. Debuchy has been eager to get

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forward at every available opportunity in this first half.

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Those long straight balls are difficult on a slick surface. The

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Nigerian manager has to be happy so far? He has. Iran proved what a

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difficult side they are to break down. They showed a lot of attacking

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intent, Nigeria, against Bosnia-Herzgovina, and in the

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Argentina game as well. Even when the manager was asked 999 Times

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about bonus payments yesterday, it was played down. Everything was

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normal. I think we heard the words no problem 20 or 30 times.

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A little bit of sorting out to do for the referee. This is why. Giroud

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needs to be a little bit careful where he is waving his arms. I think

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he has caught him there. He was trying to indicate to the referee

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that John Obi Mikel's Alba was high. But Giroud suddenly caught him. --

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elbow. Odemwingie... The block was made by

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Varane. Excellent from Odemwingie. Just stepping in.

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Much better from Mick L. -- John Obi Mikel. Just stepping in. A lovely

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little ball to Ambrose. Inside the last 15 minutes of the first half.

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We still wait for our first goal of the game. Sliced high by Koscielny.

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Lloris was flapping at that. Poor corner. It has got to beat the first

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man. Give the attacking players a chance to attack the cross.

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It is a corner kick. I love the rotation between Matuidi and Paul

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Pogba. When one goes, the other sits. Lovely rotation. A- top is

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because we have currently got two balls on the field.

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The pressure slowly starting to build here. France are a poke --

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approaching this patiently. Benzema coming deeper, Giroud on the

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edge of the penalty area. The delivery for Giroud was a bit of a

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stretch. Wildly slashed wide by Debuchy. Still goal this year in

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Brasilia. -- here. Paul Pogba for France...

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by Chanel. -- washing our. Comfortably had away by Ambrose.

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John Obi Mikel did not see the two French players quickly onto him.

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Yohan Cabaye back in the team after a one match suspension. Yohan Cabaye

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tried to nip it in there but he just ventured offside. Again, that is the

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rotation. Yohan Cabaye does get forward as well. Predominantly

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through this game he has looked to sit. The decision by the assistant.

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-- good decision. Mu says on the left now for a

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Nigeria. -- Musa. A coming together between Musa and Valbuena, two of

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the more skilful players on the field. France with a really good

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record in the so-called round of 16. This is the fourth time they have

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played in a last 16 game. They have won the previous three. They are

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being held here so far. Emenike has got to be better. He has got to hold

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the ball up. He is better running away from defenders. It is not his

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strength, his back to goal. Inside the last ten minutes of the

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first tab. Patrice Evra trying to get forward. Onazi did a good job.

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Always ready, always in position. A wonderful stadium here in

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Brasilia, reconstructed at great expense. The crowd is 66,000, 832.

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-- is over 66,000. It is an incredible stadium here. That was

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the challenge and Victor Moses which did not result in a free kick.

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Yohan Cabaye seems a much more certain starter for his national

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team than his club team, since he has returned to Paris Saint-Germain.

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A little misjudgement from Koran. -- Coleraine. Good cover.

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Looking for a better delivery from the Nigerians. Odemwingie is close

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to the goalkeeper, as close as he can get. Patrice ever doing his very

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best to keep him away from Lloris. It was a decent ball. Landing in

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line with the far post. I think the referee is pointing out to Patrice

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ever that he has got to be more careful. It is a foul, really. I get

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the feeling Patrice ever will not be allowed to do that again. -- Patrice

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Evra. Matuidi gets away... Debuchy! Not

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able to bring a save Matuidi gets away... Debuchy! Not

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goalkeeper, never mind find the back of the net. That was a brilliant run

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from Matuidi. Great run it was from Debuchy. Good communication. Just

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did not get the correct contact. Emenike could not find Moses in the

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middle. There have been encouraging signs for a Nigeria. Definitely

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have. That is the area that Emenike wants to get himself into. Inside

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right channel. Get one-on-one with Koscielny and that could be a danger

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for France. The last five minutes of the opening 45. Will we have a late

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twist to this first-half tail? -- first-half story? John Obi Mikel got

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lucky there. Good run from Evra, good pace on the cross. A mishit

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clearance they are from John Obi Mikel. -- there.

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I think Odemwingie has done a really good job. He did in the previous

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games as well. He acts as a right back at times, tracking the runs.

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Debuchy kept the ball in. Bags of time for Ambrose to let the ball

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roll out. France have gone one better than four years ago when they

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went home after the group stages. It was a poor showing in the last World

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Cup as well. On and off the field. They came back to France to

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unanimous disapproval from the French public. They are liking what

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they see this year though. They are not finding it easy in this match.

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And again the referee stopped the game momentarily because they are

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two balls on the field. That is what the stoppage is for.

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John Obi Mikel is a more pivotal player for Nigeria than he is for

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Chelsea these days. That was absolutely rifled in by Emenike.

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Yes, it opened up for him. John Obi Mikel, good on the ball centrally.

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Moving it quickly. A slight handball. He could not really do too

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much there, Victor Moses. They are a real threat going forward.

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France had more attempts on goal than anybody else at the World Cup

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in the group stages. But Nigeria have had a few here.

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France break. What a dangerous position. Giroud unable to pick out

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his colleague. That was a great ball out from the back by Patrice Evra.

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Lovely vision. Into two minutes of extra time at the end of this

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first-half. Nigeria trying to finish the first

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out on the front foot. Moses running into Matuidi. The referee feeling he

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was stumbling and looking for that free kick. Moses got the run and

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Matuidi there are a little bit. A good decision by the referee. Varane

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played in the Champions League final four Real Madrid a few weeks ago,

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with Pepe out injured. Valbuena was caught. That will be a

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free kick. Valbuena, who got on the scoresheet

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in the win against Switzerland. France absolutely thrashed them in

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that game in the group stages. They cannot find a way through yet. The

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flag has gone up. It is going to be a free kick to Nigeria. That should

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do it for the first half. There goes the half-time whistle. Honours even

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at half-time. France putting the pressure on in the last few seconds

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before the break. But the referee blowing at the end of 45 minutes in

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which we have yet to see a goal but we have seen lots of attacking play.

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Nigeria had a goal disallowed. A tight decision for offside. Paul

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Pogba had a volley saved. -- Paul Pogba had a volley saved.

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France have the ffort from Paul Pogba the in the first half

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but the final pass has let them down so far in this match.

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The guys in the studio talking about the full-backs.

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Nigeria have been able to go at them and hurt them down the side.

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I think Nigeria have created problems.

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Olivier Giroud read it but could not find a decent cross.

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He is another one like Josef Yobo who was recalled shortly

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before the World Cup, Odemwingie. Had been out of the

:53:24.:53:26.

international scene for two years until a month before the World Cup.

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Odemwingie admitted he had to eat some humble pie before being

:53:37.:53:41.

welcomed back in after previous disagreement with the coach.

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France get the decision from the referee here.

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The assistant has not given the foul.

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Oshaniwa put his arm across him, it looked like a foul.

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Very untidy the challenge, from Oshaniwa.

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Cabaye just getting ahead of Koscielny.

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Koscielny puts it behind for a corner.

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Good touch to put Victor Moses way down the right hand side.

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The French are not comfortable going back towards their own goal.

:54:45.:54:56.

Nigeria have some players with blistering pace.

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Style of the match suiting Nigeria so far?

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When the French attack, the two full-backs get in at the front

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That suits Nigeria on the counterattack.

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Nigeria with a player down on the far side of the field.

:55:47.:55:52.

Omeruo was straight across to snuff that out.

:55:53.:56:09.

I think it was the challenge from Debuchy.

:56:10.:56:16.

Conditions here are different than encountered

:56:17.:56:32.

Although it is warm here, humidity not a factor

:56:33.:56:38.

Watching that game yesterday, Holland looked dead on their feet.

:56:39.:56:46.

It was a fantastic turnaround from them.

:56:47.:56:51.

But when you come to the southern parts of Brazil, it is

:56:52.:56:54.

Hopefully Oshaniwa can come back on shortly.

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France will get is underway once more.

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Just over the top of Koscielny's head.

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This is testing the legs of Oshaniwa.

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The Nigerian manager believes in his striker.

:58:28.:58:56.

It has been awhile since Nigeria shone at the World Cup.

:58:57.:58:58.

The last time they were in the last 16 was France in 98 and were

:58:59.:59:03.

Good decision again from the assistant.

:59:04.:59:30.

A bang on the head as well for Varane.

:59:31.:59:54.

He does pop up from time to time, he scored the equaliser for Arsenal

:59:55.:59:59.

Varane is going to require some treatment and this is why.

:00:00.:00:03.

He needs to be more brave when he is coming out to stop the cross.

:00:04.:00:15.

France have great talent in central defence.

:00:16.:00:23.

A player who we have not seen in Brazil, but is

:00:24.:00:27.

a much sought-after central defender with Porto, Eliaquim Mangala.

:00:28.:00:34.

He played the second half against Uruguay in a warm up.

:00:35.:00:52.

So many options in this French squad in both attack and defence.

:00:53.:01:06.

You see his ankle roll, he is in trouble.

:01:07.:01:54.

Can do some real damage with a challenge like that.

:01:55.:02:04.

Matuidi the first player to go in the referee?s notebook today.

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Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra are both on yellow cards.

:02:13.:02:24.

There is a yellow card amnesty after the quarterfinals

:02:25.:02:28.

which eliminates the potential of players picking up a second

:02:29.:02:37.

Matuidi knew straight after the challenge and held his hands up.

:02:38.:02:44.

It looks like he rolled his ankle and is in a lot of pain.

:02:45.:02:50.

Will he be able to come back on off the stretcher a second time?

:02:51.:03:03.

Looks as though Nigeria will have to make a change.

:03:04.:03:26.

Onazi is stretchered off for the second time in this game.

:03:27.:03:32.

Lots of activity in the Nigerian technical area.

:03:33.:03:45.

He started against Iran but has not played since.

:03:46.:04:19.

Onazi is stretchered away, down the tunnel away to our left

:04:20.:04:28.

Just over the top of the goal, it will be a corner kick.

:04:29.:04:42.

Odemwingie is over to take the corners now.

:04:43.:04:54.

Poor delivery and not beating the first man.

:04:55.:04:59.

Nigeria playing with ten men and undecided

:05:00.:05:02.

Azeez was stripped to come on but they have changed their minds.

:05:03.:05:28.

Ambrose, looking for Odemwingie. The cross evades everyone,

:05:29.:05:30.

Nigeria preparing to make a substitution

:05:31.:05:46.

Scooped away once more, this time by Yobo.

:05:47.:06:04.

And a rather unnecessary nudge in the back, which will result

:06:05.:06:08.

He was called up for the World Cup just six months

:06:09.:06:20.

He only ever made three appearances for them.

:06:21.:06:23.

He was a somewhat controversial choice by Stephen Keshi, the coach.

:06:24.:06:27.

They will miss Onazi in the heart of their midfield.

:06:28.:06:44.

He is not frightened to take a strike on when he gets free,

:06:45.:07:11.

but this was such a difficult one to take on from that angle.

:07:12.:07:20.

France have scored a hat full of goals in 2014, but they were held in

:07:21.:07:42.

that last group game, and struggling to find a way past Nigeria here.

:07:43.:08:00.

Joseph Yobo, who spent the second half of

:08:01.:08:28.

Moses, who was a key player for Nigeria in their African Cup

:08:29.:08:47.

He scored a couple of goals along the way.

:08:48.:09:02.

Antoine Griezmann is the player to come on, and

:09:03.:09:07.

It was between those two for the starting place.

:09:08.:09:16.

And Griezmann, who started two of the three group

:09:17.:09:19.

games, only made his international debut earlier this year in March.

:09:20.:09:25.

He comes on for his fourth appearance at this World Cup.

:09:26.:09:30.

What do you make of Giroud's contribution?

:09:31.:09:34.

As a target man, I think he has done quite well.

:09:35.:09:37.

I think actually Benzema outside him on the left has struggled,

:09:38.:09:41.

considering how well he has played up to now in the tournament.

:09:42.:10:03.

Matuidi knocking over Odemwingie, and that will be

:10:04.:10:07.

Nigeria have controlled the game in this second half.

:10:08.:11:21.

A really good hit from Odemwingie on his left foot.

:11:22.:11:37.

They have not broken stride since losing Onazi to injury.

:11:38.:11:57.

Building up a head of steam here.

:11:58.:12:00.

Ambrose with the cross, and Debuchy, cool and composed.

:12:01.:12:02.

Quite a battle for that right-back spot with Bacary Sagna as well.

:12:03.:12:05.

Yes, but Debuchy has done very well when he has played.

:12:06.:12:10.

He has been good as an attacking option.

:12:11.:12:30.

Paul Pogba, so skilful but also physically a very strong player.

:12:31.:12:50.

France finding it hard to cut through the Nigeria defence.

:12:51.:12:56.

They have got a free kick for that challenge on Evra.

:12:57.:13:04.

Odemwingie has a bit of a kick out at him.

:13:05.:13:11.

Just seeing this strike from Odemwingie, Hugo Lloris dealt with

:13:12.:13:15.

We are inside the last 25 minutes of the game,

:13:16.:13:23.

Valbuena's delivery, pretty good as well.

:13:24.:13:38.

That has been the difference on the set plays, quality of Valbuena.

:13:39.:13:49.

The ball did not come down quickly enough for Pogba to let fly.

:13:50.:13:55.

Yes, Enyeama got a bit caught up under the ball,

:13:56.:13:58.

Matuidi just catching the back of Victor Moses.

:13:59.:14:50.

Odemwingie is suddenly in the right full-back position.

:14:51.:15:03.

They look confident in possession, Nigeria.

:15:04.:15:13.

Cut out by Koscielny before it could get to Emenike.

:15:14.:15:26.

Good play, really impressed by John Obi Mikel today.

:15:27.:15:31.

Moving the ball quickly, much better performance.

:15:32.:15:33.

Good little pass down the outside of the French defence.

:15:34.:15:44.

Musa poses a problem, both down the flanks, and through the centre.

:15:45.:15:47.

Yet again and Nigeria have not made much of the corner kicks.

:15:48.:16:09.

They are not beating the first man, so every Nigerian player,

:16:10.:16:17.

attacking the front post, with nobody gambling at the back.

:16:18.:16:27.

He has picked out Griezmann, clattered into by Ambrose.

:16:28.:16:33.

Odemwingie is down, and Nigeria will have a free kick,

:16:34.:16:56.

That is Karim Benzema's best moment of the game,

:16:57.:17:03.

Great ball back to him, and a good save.

:17:04.:17:10.

Victor Moses getting back on the line to cover for his defence.

:17:11.:17:19.

And here it is again, as Victor Moses clears the ball.

:17:20.:17:26.

Goalline technology confirming the ball did not cross the line.

:17:27.:17:32.

He was a little bit unlucky, Enyeama, coming out.

:17:33.:17:36.

The rebound bouncing back off Karim Benzema.

:17:37.:17:40.

We spoke about the unity amongst the French

:17:41.:17:42.

players, but I think we can say the same about the Nigerian players.

:17:43.:17:47.

They have been playing for each other, and that was

:17:48.:17:51.

There has been so much talk about the arguments over bonuses and

:17:52.:17:58.

everything, but they do seem very unified, as do the French as well.

:17:59.:18:02.

He looks as if he may have to come off here.

:18:03.:18:16.

Again, Nigeria go down to ten men for the moment.

:18:17.:18:28.

By some distance, the closest France have come to scoring in this match.

:18:29.:18:32.

Best moment from Karim Benzema I think.

:18:33.:18:36.

He has struggled to get into the game.

:18:37.:18:44.

Griezmann has got 20 goals this season with Real Sociedad.

:18:45.:18:57.

Debuchy did not have a lot of room, and the ball has gone out.

:18:58.:19:06.

Debuchy, one of those brought back into the team.

:19:07.:19:09.

Six changes made for the Ecuador match in the last game by

:19:10.:19:12.

Ambrose has just come back onto the field.

:19:13.:19:41.

France playing at this World Cup without Franck Ribery.

:19:42.:20:12.

They do have good options but imagine how strong they would look

:20:13.:20:16.

Griezmann, a lively addition to the line-up in this second half.

:20:17.:20:25.

Was Musa nudged off the ball by Matuidi?

:20:26.:20:56.

Debuchy had to throw him self at that one.

:20:57.:21:12.

Griezmann sometimes playing through the middle.

:21:13.:21:21.

And Benzema moving out towards the left.

:21:22.:21:24.

Just over a quarter of an hour remaining in the 90 minutes.

:21:25.:21:58.

Who knows, we might be here a little bit longer than that with

:21:59.:22:01.

Odemwingie and Musa have swapped sides again.

:22:02.:22:26.

Benzema just pulled back to the edge of the penalty area hoping

:22:27.:22:48.

Omeruo should have seen the run from Koscielny.

:22:49.:23:22.

So close for France and then just walloped away by Ambrose.

:23:23.:24:02.

That was a shot that shook the frame of the goal.

:24:03.:24:07.

Twice in the last few minutes, France close to taking the lead.

:24:08.:24:18.

Is the pendulum going to start to swing their way?

:24:19.:24:25.

It was the corner from Valbuena that caused the problems.

:24:26.:24:34.

Got a goal at the European Championships two summers ago and

:24:35.:24:51.

They want to get this done inside the 90 minutes.

:24:52.:25:20.

Paul Pogba gets a free kick for the challenge by Obi Mikel.

:25:21.:25:29.

Valbuena will try to be architect in chief here.

:25:30.:25:47.

The save by Vincent Enyeama from Benzema.

:25:48.:25:58.

They are struggling to deal with the set plays from Valbuena

:25:59.:26:04.

Suddenly in this match, Nigeria leaning back against the

:26:05.:26:14.

France are ahead and it is Paul Pogba with the header.

:26:15.:26:28.

The goal has been coming, they have been knocking on the door.

:26:29.:26:31.

With 11 minutes to go, France lead Nigeria by 1-0.

:26:32.:26:46.

He realises his defence is not dealing with the set pieces.

:26:47.:26:57.

Despatched into the back of the Nigerian net off the head

:26:58.:27:14.

That is the 146 goal scored at this World Cup and there have

:27:15.:27:24.

been more goals here in Brazil than the whole of the last tournament

:27:25.:27:29.

in South Africa put together and the second round isn't even over.

:27:30.:27:39.

Nigeria will have to throw the kitchen sink at France

:27:40.:27:41.

What a grandstand finish we could have.

:27:42.:27:47.

It has been coming in the last five minutes.

:27:48.:27:51.

Nigeria had equipped themselves really well.

:27:52.:27:54.

Can Nigeria pick themselves up in the closing moments as Hugo

:27:55.:28:05.

France have not lost a knockout game at the World Cup inside 90 minutes

:28:06.:28:22.

since the 1986 semifinal when they were beaten by Germany.

:28:23.:28:28.

At the moment, heading for the quarterfinals.

:28:29.:28:36.

They were winners of this match, will play Germany or Algeria

:28:37.:28:44.

Free kick given against Gabriel, the substitute.

:28:45.:28:57.

Nigeria have given a good account of themselves in this match,

:28:58.:29:00.

but they eed to find something extra, a bit of craft,

:29:01.:29:05.

a moment of inspiration to cancel out this header from Paul Pogba.

:29:06.:29:11.

Sometimes it can be a mistake like that.

:29:12.:29:14.

Enyeama has played well in the tournament.

:29:15.:29:16.

Perhaps I jinxed him by saying he is the best African

:29:17.:29:19.

But it is at a crucial stage as well.

:29:20.:29:26.

Odemwingie. They need to get the ball forward towards Emenike.

:29:27.:30:00.

Another goal now would surely seal the deal?

:30:01.:30:22.

Valbuena reclaiming possession for France.

:30:23.:30:50.

Matuidi looking for the run of Antoine Griezmann.

:30:51.:30:55.

He has hit it well, didn't have support.

:30:56.:31:14.

Benzema not getting up alongside him but it was a good save.

:31:15.:31:17.

Griezmann has given France something extra since coming off the bench.

:31:18.:31:23.

But he was not getting the opportunity to score.

:31:24.:31:28.

Griezmann with his movement is causing problems.

:31:29.:31:37.

Odemwingie. Inside the last six minutes.

:31:38.:31:52.

Beaten in the last 16 in ?94 and ?98.

:31:53.:32:05.

The deflection has carried it behind for a corner.

:32:06.:32:13.

Similar position Musa took up when he curled that wonderful goal

:32:14.:32:16.

Nigeria have five minutes plus added time to find a goal from

:32:17.:32:33.

Again it is Matuidi racing down the far side of the field.

:32:34.:32:54.

He has got such energy, the way he moves it looks as

:32:55.:32:56.

Nigeria's set plays have looked vulnerable.

:32:57.:33:12.

There is no real handball, it just struck his arm.

:33:13.:33:16.

Good decision from the referee, he has had a good game.

:33:17.:33:20.

Every chance we might see Mark Geiger and his team once more

:33:21.:33:23.

Debuchy receiving a bit of treatment.

:33:24.:33:41.

There is the frustrated Nigerian goalkeeper.

:33:42.:34:30.

Hurriedly cleared by Ruben Gabriel. They just need more composure,

:34:31.:34:39.

really. Utilise the width like they have done. Get the ball to Victor

:34:40.:34:51.

Moses and Emenike upfront. It is comfortable for the French defence

:34:52.:34:52.

at the moment. Two and a half minutes plus added

:34:53.:35:17.

time. Varane is so elegant. The covers someone's face. -- he covers

:35:18.:35:23.

so much space. Matuidi fouled by Gabriel. They are

:35:24.:35:50.

just trying to kill the game. Matuidi fouled by Gabriel. They are

:35:51.:36:05.

just They are keeping the ball well. Matuidi buying the foul. It allows

:36:06.:36:12.

the French to set themselves down with -- to settle themselves down.

:36:13.:36:19.

Moses is gone off and Nwofor is coming on for Nigeria.

:36:20.:36:32.

Griezmann causing problems for Nigeria. Paul Pogba settles for a

:36:33.:36:44.

corner. Griezmann involved in the attack. He has given them that

:36:45.:36:50.

little bit of energy and creativity in the final third.

:36:51.:37:00.

We are in the last minute of the 90. How much added time will we get? We

:37:01.:37:16.

will find out shortly. The fourth official from Iran getting the board

:37:17.:37:19.

ready. It looks like it may well be five minutes. Those fans really

:37:20.:37:27.

starting to believe that France are going to go through to the

:37:28.:37:31.

quarterfinals. They had to do it the hard way to reach the World Cup.

:37:32.:37:36.

Finishing behind Spain in their group and losing the first leg of

:37:37.:37:41.

the play-off against Ukraine away. It was a great performance in Paris

:37:42.:37:44.

that secured a place in this tournament.

:37:45.:37:55.

That will not please Deschamps. He will want them to keep it in the

:37:56.:38:05.

corner. We're having five of added time. But Nigeria just cannot get

:38:06.:38:15.

hold of the ball, never mind get it to the other end of the field.

:38:16.:38:20.

Griezmann has been able to keep hold of the ball that little bit longer.

:38:21.:38:30.

He has been the difference. Griezmann! That is it. Game, set and

:38:31.:38:38.

match for France. They are going through to the quarterfinals.

:38:39.:38:45.

Griezmann Seals the deal. The Nigerian defence did not get

:38:46.:38:51.

themselves organised. It was a great run by Griezmann. Right across the

:38:52.:38:56.

defender. Good ball from Valbuena and well finished off. They have not

:38:57.:39:01.

defender. Good ball from Valbuena got enough bodies in the box as

:39:02.:39:03.

cover. Really good ball. Good finish. And still Nigeria has never

:39:04.:39:13.

made it past the last 16 of the World Cup. This is the third time

:39:14.:39:15.

they would have been beaten at this stage. It is Yobo. He has not got

:39:16.:39:26.

his body open. Cannot see the run of Griezmann onto it is too late. The

:39:27.:39:31.

ball ultimately deflecting in of Yobo, just to complete guide -- the

:39:32.:39:39.

misery for Nigeria. Yes, it came off Yobo. It was the movement from

:39:40.:39:46.

Griezmann that made the goal. Yeovil not seen him until it was too late.

:39:47.:39:59.

-- Yobo did not see him until it was too late. It will be a goal kick to

:40:00.:40:09.

France as they make a late change. Sissoko is coming on. He started the

:40:10.:40:12.

previous two matters before this one. Valbuena is coming off. That

:40:13.:40:23.

will take a little while, being as he was the furthest from the

:40:24.:40:27.

technical area. A standing ovation from the travelling French fans for

:40:28.:40:37.

the Marseille player. Sissoko of Newcastle about to come on. Not much

:40:38.:40:44.

time left. He might do well to get a touch of the ball. Yes, he has been

:40:45.:40:51.

excellent, Valbuena, again, certainly in the latter stages of

:40:52.:40:52.

the match. this World Cup campaign. But it was

:40:53.:41:17.

a close game for a long time. Still looking for a consolation. Handball.

:41:18.:41:38.

Free kick to France. Yes, it was an unnecessary corner given away by

:41:39.:41:43.

Odemwingie that led to the goal. The deflection of Yobo put paid to

:41:44.:41:53.

Nigerian's tournament. A goal which confirms the outcome of this second

:41:54.:41:54.

round tie. The ball coming off Yobo. Odemwingie. France now in danger

:41:55.:42:06.

of finding a third Benzema being chased by

:42:07.:42:09.

Reuben Gabriel. There may be time for one last

:42:10.:42:19.

attack for Nigeria, just about. The experience and quality of

:42:20.:42:24.

the French has seen them through. And France are through to

:42:25.:42:30.

the quarterfinals. Paul Pogba with a header

:42:31.:42:38.

in 11 minutes from the end, and then the result confirmed with a

:42:39.:42:45.

deflection off Joseph Yobo, who went for the ball with the goalkeeper and

:42:46.:42:48.

Antoine Griezmann in added time. For a long, long time it was close,

:42:49.:42:52.

and Nigeria gave France a really good game, but in the end, it is

:42:53.:42:58.

France who have come out on top. Nigeria still have never made

:42:59.:43:01.

it through to the last eight. France will play Germany or Algeria

:43:02.:43:18.

in Rio next. That is it. Thanks for watching. France

:43:19.:43:21.

in Rio next. That is it. Thanks for watching. will now play Germany and

:43:22.:43:25.

we will have another World Cup replay for you tomorrow.

:43:26.:43:29.

But sometimes, something can happen that leaves you no choice

:43:30.:43:41.

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