France 2-0 Nigeria: Former Man Utd man opens scoring

France 2 - 0 Nigeria

  • 79" Paul Pogba
  • 91" Joseph Yobo (og)

Ref: Mark Geiger
Attendance: 67,882

Paul Pogba

Goals from Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezman was enough for France to beat a resilient Nigeria team 2-0 to qualify for the quarter finals of the World Cup.

The first half started with a great tempo, with both teams looking to attack with pace.

Nigeria started the stronger of the teams, but lacked that bit of quality in the final third to test Hugo Lloris in the France goal.

The best chance of the first half fell to former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who linked up with Mathieu Valbuena, before volleying an effort on target, only for Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to palm the ball away from goal.

France started the second half stronger, and bringing on Antoine Griezman for Olivier Giroud meant Deschamps’ men began to dominate even more.

Chelsea pair Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel both cleared two separate Benzema efforts off the line, before a stunning Cabaye volley crashed off the underside of the bar and away.

Then on the 79th minute, there pressure turned into a goal. A Valbuena corner on the left was only parried by Enyeama, leaving Pogba to head into an empty net and give Les Bleus a deserved one nil lead.

Then in the 91st minute, France scored their second when Griezman flicked the ball in to the goal via a Joseph Yobo deflection, and a resilient Nigeria was knocked out of the World Cup.

Statistics

France

Nigeria

Possession

52.9%
47.1%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

France

  • Hugo Lloris
  • Patrice Evra
  • Mathieu Debuchy
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Raphael Varane
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Blaise Matuidi
  • Paul Pogba
  • Karim Benzema
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Mathieu Valbuena

Substitutes

  • Bacary Sagna
  • Moussa Sissoko
  • Rio Mavuba
  • Eliaquim Mangala
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Loïc Remy
  • Antoine Griezmann
  • Morgan Schneiderlin
  • Stéphane Ruffier
  • Mickaël Landreau
  • Lucas Digne
  • Rémy Cabella

Nigeria

  • Vincent Enyeama
  • Kenneth Omeruo
  • Efe Ambrose
  • Juwon Oshaniwa
  • Joseph Yobo
  • Peter Odemwingie
  • John Obi Mikel
  • Ogenyi Onazi
  • Victor Moses
  • Ahmed Musa
  • Emmanuel Emenike

Substitutes

  • Godfrey Oboabona
  • Michael Uchebo
  • Ramón Azeez
  • Kunle Odunlami
  • Austin Ejide
  • Shola Ameobi
  • Reuben Gabriel
  • Azubuike Egwuekwe
  • Chigozie Agbim
  • Uche Nwofor
  • Ejike Uzoenyi

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