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France 2-0 Nigeria

France 2-0 Nigeria

  • France 2-0 Nigeria

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    "Do France deserve a 2-0 win? Probably not. But Nigeria didn't take their chances and lacked conviction."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 2-0 Nigeria

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    "The Nigeria defence did not get themselves organised and it was a great run by Antoine Griezmann and Joseph Yobo had not seen him until too late. Nigeria were just not well organised at all."

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    GOAL

    France 2-0 Nigeria - Yobo own goal

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    All over.

    Mathieu Valbuena sends a low ball into the area from the right towards Antoine Griezmann, who is lurking dangerously at the near post. He misses the ball, though, and it slices in off Joseph Yobo's boot as he attempts to hack clear.

  • France 1-0 Nigeria

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    Another burst of La Marseillaise from the French fans. Five minutes of added time.

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    Mark, Berkshire: Now Nigeria need to wake up or go home.

  • France 1-0 Nigeria

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    The Brazil fans in Estadio Nacional are willing Nigeria forward. But even after winning the support of the neutrals, it looks all over for the Africans unless there is a dramatic twist.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 1-0 Nigeria

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    "France have looked tired and devoid of ideas. But Pogba has been instrumental."

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    Chris Gilbert: It's a pity it was Vincent Enyeama's mistake that ultimately caused the goal. He's been otherwise fantastic.

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  • France 1-0 Nigeria

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    Nigeria are heading for more last-16 heartache. They were beaten at this stage in 1994 and 1998. Can a green shirt conjure up an equaliser? Four minutes remaining.

  • France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at84 mins

    France are six minutes from the quarter-finals.

    Nigeria's defence is creaking. Antoine Griezmann lashes towards the net but Vincent Enyeama sticks out a huge hand.

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    Ben Moore: France ahead. It had been coming for the last 10-15 minutes.

    Olasmom: Just when I thought it was going be another night of penalties. Come on Super Eagles, you can do this!

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 1-0 Nigeria

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    "Victor Enyeama came out and flapped at it. I think he recognised his defence is struggling to deal with set plays but he should have got a solid fist on it. A simple header in the end."

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 1-0 Nigeria

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    "That's a massive error from the goalkeeper. He's flapped at the cross, it's a poor, weak attempt of a punch. So disappointing."

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    GOAL

    France 1-0 Nigeria - Paul Pogba

    Posted at79 mins

    France move up a gear and Nigeria cannot cope.

    After two near misses, Les Bleus find the net after Vincent Enyeama flaps at a cross and Paul Pogba is well placed to head home.

    It's cruel on Nigeria, who have played so well. But there's still time for them to haul themselves back.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at79 mins

    Yohan Cabaye thumps the ball against Nigeria's bar after Efe Ambrose hacks Karim Benzema's shot clear.

    Then Vincent Enyeama tips Benzema's header over the bar.

    Watch the chance again by clicking on the highlights tab.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Antoine Griezmann has lifted France since replacing Giroud.

    If this match is to be decided in extra time then his presence could be valuable.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at75 mins

    Fifteen minutes of normal time left.

    A weary shot from Karim Benzema falls well wide of the net.

    This game is crying out for a hero. Who will step forward?

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "That was the best moment of the game. A lovely one-two between Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann and a great save. Victor Moses gets back and provides good cover for his defence. Vincent Eneyeama was a little unlucky because it was a good save but it bounced backwards.

    "There has been so much talk about fallout over bonuses but Nigeria do seem really together here. Great play by Moses."

  • Vital Victor

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Victor Moses has only had one touch in his own box so far. Not a bad one, though, was it?

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    Rob Porter: Horrible leg-breaker from Blaise Matuidi. Should have seen red. Ogenyi Onazi is lucky if his ankle isn't broken.

    Peter Malath: This is the kind of game where I wish I could make Jay-Jay Okocha young again and bring him back.

    Stuart Dillon: For a team with ambitions to the win the World Cup, France certainly have to up their game.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at71 mins

    Sacre Bleu! How on earth did that stay out?

    Victor Moses saves Nigeria with a goal line clearance to deny Karim Benzema's shot after the French striker's one-two with Antoine Griezmann had sliced open the African defence.

    So close.

    Watch the chance again via the highlights tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at69 mins

    For possession there's only been one team in this match in the last 10 minutes.

    Ahmed Musa is running at the French defence again. He manages to get in a cross but Laurent Koscielny clears at full stretch.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at66 mins

    France rocking. France creaking.

    Peter Odemwingie lets fly from outside the area that forces Hugo Lloris into a decent save.

    Nigeria are enjoying their best spell of the game. Can they hurt France?

  • Suarez says sorry

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    Luis Suarez statement: "After several days of being home with my family I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect about the the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June 2014.

    "Independent from the fallout and the contradicting declarations that have surfaced during these past days, all of which have been without the intention of interfering with the good performance of my national team, the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me.

    "For this I deeply regret what occurred. I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this."

    Read more on the story here.

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    Suarez says sorry

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    A development on the Luis Suarez story to bring you - the Uruguayan striker has apologised for biting Giorgio Chiellini and has vowed "there will never again be an incident like this".

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    Steve Huish, Surbiton: That was a definite red card for France. That was an ankle breaker.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at62 mins

    Onazi does not re-appear this time.

    Instead former Kilmarnock player Reuben Gabriel is sent on as a substitute before Emmanuel Emenike fires narrowly over the bar.

    France are making a change too. Olivier Giroud is put out of his misery, Antoine Griezmann coming on.

    It just hasn't happened for Giroud.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "That should have been a red card. It is a leg breaker. Matuidi's gone in with his studs showing, missed the ball and gone over the ankle. That's a terrible tackle."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Two of the opening four last-16 ties have gone to extra-time. This is heading in that way too.

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    Karim Benzema might be in an unfamiliar wide role, but you can't argue with his attacking statistics so far in this World Cup...

  • YELLOW CARD

    Posted at56 mins.

    Another heavy French tackle. This time Blaise Matuidi is booked for an ugly late tackle on Ogenyi Onazi who has pain etched all over his face.

    Onazi has been in the wars this game and is carried off on a stretcher for a second time. Will we see him back?

    This second half has yet to get going. It's all stop-start. But it will suit Nigeria. France need to step up.

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    Bola Akinola: If Nigeria can beat France then they can beat Germany or Algeria.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "I keep saying it, but when is Didier Deschamps going to make a change? Time after time Nigeria are breaking down the right. It's just the final ball that needs to be better."

    You can listen to more of Robbie Savage's analysis from Brasilia by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at53 mins

    Oshaniwa is back on. His return sparks a decent period of play for Nigeria.

    Victor Moses teases a couple of French defenders on the edge of the area before the ball spins away from him. More frustration for the Super Eagles.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    France are getting stuck in. A heavy challenge by Mathieu Debuchy results in another delay as Juwon Oshaniwa receives treatment before hobbling off.

    Nigeria are temporarily down to 10 men.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Nigeria have been able to go at the French full-backs and get at them. It has been very open but I'd say Nigeria have been causing France problems."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Very fortunate escape for Peter Odemwingie as he loses possession to Olivier Giroud on the edge of Nigeria's penalty area. It's a poor cross by the France striker though.

  • KICK-OFF

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at46 mins

    Here we go again. . .

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Nigeria thought they had scored but the offside flag went up. I thought maybe the forward would have been given the benefit of doubt. It was a great ball in. We talked up Raphael Varane before the game but he didn't know where the ball was."

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    Andrew Mitchell: Is Karim Benzema impersonating Fred?

    Patrick: Really disappointed with John Mikel Obi, worst number 10 ever!

    Aftab: I think this match will be decided on sharpness in the final third. Olivier Giroud and Benzema v Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses and Ahmed Musa.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "I can only think the France manager Didier Deschamps has put Karim Benzema out wide for the benefit of the team but he does not look happy out there. The ball is not coming to him as often as he would like.

    "If you are a centre-half and you see the opposition's most dangerous striker out there you are thinking 'brilliant'. I've played against Benzema and he is so much more dangerous through the middle."

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    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    BBC World Service sports reporter John Bennett: Nigeria have never been to the quarter-finals of a World Cup. Can they make history? The vast majority of Super Eagles fans are confident."

  • The social World Cup

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    Getting involved? You're not alone.

    The World Cup is proving to be a major hit on social media. There have now been one billion interactions (posts, comments and likes) from 220 million people on Facebook about the World Cup so far - the highest peak ever. Twitter also saw a record for the most tweets per minute in their history on Saturday, around the decisive penalty in the Brazil-Chile match, beating the previous record which was the Super Bowl earlier this year.

    But we want more. From you.

    We want you to send in your entries to the #copauppy challenge and see how many keepy-ups you can do with a tennis ball. You can watch the likes of Tim Henman and Rafael Nadal complete the challenge here.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "It's another knockout game where both teams are not sitting back. They are both going for it. Paul Pogba had the best chance of the half but hit the ball straight at the Nigeria goalkeeper. Pogba has been on the ball a lot, he wants to play, wants to be the person to make the difference.

    "There have been times where it hasn't come off for him, but this is a young kid taking the game by the scruff of the neck, and on the world stage."

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    The first half stats have landed on my desk. As I suspected, there is very little to choose between these two. France need to find another gear. What do Nigeria have left in the tank? It really is all to play for.

  • Martin Keown

    Former England defender on MOTD

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    "Karim Benzema is stuck out on the left side looks really frustrated. Olivier Giroud is not really doing it in the middle. I wonder if the manager will be tempted to make a change."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Karim Benzema on the left....does he look happy there? Each time France have looked dangerous Mathieu Valbuena has been involved."

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Didier Deschamps has got to tell Benzema or Matuidi that Evra needs some help. But I don't think Benzema will offer anything going back. That means the French need to make a tactical change. Nigeria are very dangerous down that right-hand side, but need better quality with their deliveries. But they will be the happier side."

  • HALF-TIME

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    So far so good for Nigeria. France need some extra oh la la! I hope these sides have been practicing penalties.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Into the final few moments and Emmanuel Emenike forces Hugo Lloris to beat his fierce drive away. The ball falls for Victor Moses but the Chelsea man handles and another chances goes begging.

    Watch the chance again by clicking on the highlights tab.

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    Eyobel Gomini: Nigeria are threatening going forward, but there is too much space behind the back four. If Karim Benzema or Olivier Giroud get a good pass France could be ahead.

    Martino Oscar: I think my countryman John Mikel Obi is the worst number 10 player in this World Cup.

    HNIC: Mikel will not learn until his sloppiness in midfield allows Nigeria to concede.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "When the French get the ball wide they try to look for the cutback, but Olivier Giroud has got to get across that front post like we've seen him do time and time again for Arsenal."

    You can listen to more of Robbie Savage's analysis from Brasilia by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at41 mins

    Mathieu Debuchy shows why defenders are rarely good at finishing as he slices a great chance wide after the goal opens up for him.

    France look a shadow of the side that carved open Honduras and Switzerland in the group stage.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at38 mins

    Inside the final 10 minutes.

    Nigeria will be more than pleased with how this is going. France, Paul Pogba's volley aside, are struggling to seriously test keeper Vincent Enyeama.

    Another corner to Nigeria. It comes to nothing but Patrice Evra has his hands wrapped around Peter Odemwingie. He is lucky the referee did not see that.

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    Tim, London: Why is Loic Remy on the bench? I think he's a lot more technically gifted than Olivier Giroud.

    James, Newcastle: Feel France will win this, but Nigeria are looking dangerous on the the counter-attack.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Thousands of French fans are gathered to watch the game in Paris's City Hall.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at34 mins

    "Allez les bleus," sing 10,000 French fans, attempting to pump their players full of adrenaline.

    But their voices are drowned out by a stadium full of Nigeria-supporting neutrals.

    France are seeing plenty of possession but they're lacking a cutting edge.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "It has been a fantastic round of 16 so far and this game is certainly up there with the other matches. It has been end-to-end, attacking, fantastic atmosphere, great colour in the stadium."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at31 mins

    Temperatures rising on the pitch as the red mist descends over Olivier Girould as he makes contact with John Mikel Obi. Another referee might have taken firm action there.

    It's a sign of the growing frustration in the French camp.

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    Paddy Emmerson: Decent save by Vincent Enyeama but he shouldn't have been given a chance. A poor finish from the much-praised Paul Pogba.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    A frenzied passage of play ends in another corner to Nigeria.

    They have come flying out of the blocks in Brasilia.

    Those who feared the row over bonus payments would cloud their play can forget it.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "What a break by Paul Pogba. Struck it well and brilliant save by Vincent Enyeama. He is possibly the best African goalkeeper we have ever seen."

    Watch live coverage of the game via Match of the Day Live by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

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    BBC World Service football reporter John Bennett in Brasilia: "Incredible atmosphere here. Before realising it was offside, the Brazilian fans cheered that Nigeria goal like it was a goal for Brazil.

    "Amazing how much support the Brazilian fans are giving Nigeria. France must feel like they're playing away from home. A lot of love for African teams here in Brasilia. They were chanting for Ghana last week."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at23 mins

    Sensational stop by Vincent Enyeama to keep out Paul Pogba's volley close to the penalty spot.

    We've seen some brilliant saves at this tournament. That was right up there.

    This match is being played at helter-skelter pace. Another cracker.

    You can watch the chance again via the highlights tab.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "I think Emenike is half a yard offside - good call from the linesman. Great finish though. Musa is staying really high up the pitch on the left and Odemwingie is doing the same on the right. When Odemwingie drifts inside, that allows right-back Ambrose, who usually plays centre-back for Celtic, so much space down that right-hand side. Nigeria in control of this game."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

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    "It was tight, really tight. Great ball in from Ahmed Musa, but good organisation from the France defence there. Patrice Evra could see Emenike was offside and the defence allowed him to be. Good organisation and good decision."

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    Dave Hawthorne: Patrice Evra is such a weak link for France, just like he was for Manchester United last season, so lazy! Glad we signed Luke Shaw.

    Daniel Woodley: Nigeria are a completely different side to what we saw in their first group stage game. Stephen Keshi deserves a lot of credit.

    Shohidur Rahman: Manchester United let Paul Pogba go for free. Alex Ferguson then chose Phil Jones over Raphael Varane and Bebe over James Rodriguez. Not great.

  • DISALLOWED GOAL

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at20 mins

    There's an explosion of noise as Nigeria have the ball in the back of the net. Danger man Emmanuel Emenike stabs home Ahmed Musa's low ball into the French area but a linesman's flag comes to the rescue of Les Bleus.

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    Adama SB Gimba: Based on how the French play, they will definitely defeat Nigeria.

    Abubakar Aliyu: Nigeria do not fear of France. We'll give them a good thrashing. Up Super Eagles.

    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at17 mins

    Peter Odemwingie whips in the set-piece and John Mikel Obi is in a good position but cannot direct his header on target.

    Nigeria are down to 10 men as Ogenyi Onazi goes off for treatment but returns after a few minutes.

    African drums are beating. Nigeria will be pleased with the start they have made here.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Oh. Oh. Danger for France.

    Paul Pogba runs into trouble and gifts Nigeria possession. They attack with pace and power, Yohan Cabaye hauls down Emmanuel Emenike. Free-kick to Nigeria in a dangerous position.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "The temperature is a bit cooler here in Brasilia - it is not as hot as we thought. But with France resting several players for their final group game, I think that gives them a slight advantage.

    "You can see when Giroud controls the ball that Valbuena and Matuidi look to join him - very interesting start from the French. But there's a lot of space on that Nigerian right-hand side as they look to isolate Evra."

    You can listen to more of Robbie Savage's analysis from Brasilia by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Victor Moses is keen to make up for lost time.

    The Chelsea man missed the defeat by Argentina but is causing problems with his pace as he tries to penetrate the French defence.

    There's a huge roar each time a green shirt receives the ball inside the French half. There's no doubt who the neutrals are supporting.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Karim Benzema will be a deciding factor for me. He is one of the best number nines in world football. He is clinical and somebody who is irresistible when he is on his game. I think the French will have too much for Nigeria."

  • Martin Keown

    Former England defender on MOTD

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    "Brasilia is the best stadium I have been to. The angle of the crowd in the stands to people on the pitch is tremendous and it makes for an excellent atmosphere."

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    Barry, Somerset: So far all four group winners have progressed into the quarter finals. I expect nothing less from France, Germany, Argentina and Belgium. When did this last happen?

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

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    "We are expecting a really attacking and open game here with both sides going for it. I think the counter is key for both sides, but especially Nigeria. They will rely on the pace of Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike and Peter Odemwingie when they get into the final third."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Vital interception from Joseph Yobo as France continue their high-voltage start.

    Olivier Giroud is causing problems inside the African area. Nigeria, in their all green strip, are on the back-foot in these early exchanges.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Le crunch! A strong challenge by Juwon Oshaniwa in the opening seconds as Nigeria show they mean business.

    France are already building an early head of steam with Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema teasing and tormenting on the edge of Nigeria's penalty area.

  • KICK-OFF

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    We are under way in the battle to face Germany or Algeria in the quarter-finals.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    "Every first-team member at Manchester United was in no doubt as to how good Paul Pogba could be. It was a disappointing that he left the club, I'm not sure of the exact circumstances but what is for sure is that United made a mistake in letting him go.

    "He told me before he left that he wanted to be the best player in the world. I'm not sure he will do that but he definitely could be the best midfielder in the world."

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    The Nigeria national anthem is applauded by thousands of neutrals inside Estadio Nacional. We're almost ready to get going.

  • Martin Keown

    Former Arsenal defender on MOTD

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    On whether ex-players like Didier Deschamps are respected more as managers: "Arsene Wenger, when he came in, looked like my geography teacher, but ultimately he was fantastic to work with. We were a little sceptical at the start but then you could see it on the training pitch that he was really good.

    "As an ex-player it is great to see Didier Deschamps come in and do well. That is what we want to see from former players."

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    France: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema. Subs: Ruffier, Landreau, Sakho, Cabella, Griezmann, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Digne, Sissoko, Remy, Schneiderlin.

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Yobo, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Musa, Onazi, Mikel, Moses, Odemwingie, Emenike. Subs: Ejide, Agbim, Uzoenyi, Gabriel, Egwuekwe, Odunlami, Oboabona, Azeez, Nwofor, Uchebo, Ameobi.

    Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:56

    National anthem time. La Marseillaise booms. Ah, isn't the World Cup wonderful.

    Time for a reminder of the full line-ups...

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    "I think it will be a big ask for Nigeria to win. France have a talented squad and their important players are in good form. But if Nigeria play to their strength, which is counter attacking football, they will have a chance.

    "If Nigeria play a little deeper and use the players they have on the counter, Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses have pace to burn and are a dangerous threat. I am sure France will be fearful of that."

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    The two teams come out together to the backdrop of some dramatic music, it's as if a Hollywood blockbuster is about to be trailed.

    A gladiatorial welcome for both sides as they walk into a wall of sound.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Radio coverage

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    Former Wales international Robbie Savage is in his commentary position inside Estadio Nacional. Savage is co-commentating with Darren Fletcher on BBC Radio 5 live from 17:00 BST.

    To listen to BBC Radio 5 live coverage just click on the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

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    Steven McNamara: France to win 4-0 and hopefully go on and win the tournament. They have been a joy to watch.

    Fames Johnson: Shame nobody is giving Nigeria a chance against France, but I still believe the Super Eagles will win.

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    Who are the neutrals supporting? These Brazil fans make it clear who they are backing at Estadio Nacional.

  • Got the message?

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    BBC World's Alex South in Brasilia: "Differing messages on the two team buses. After the distraction with the row over bonuses Nigeria will certainly have to be united if they are to stop the French and reach the quarter-final for the first time.

    "The French, well anything seems to be possible for them, as they try to recapture the magic of 1998."

  • Paris big screen switch on

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    Budget cuts, hooliganism and lack of interest from the public pushed officials in Paris to drop their nearly 20-year-old tradition of open-air screenings of World Cup matches.

    Administrators in the French capital opted against opening a fan park for the group games against Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador.

    But in an about-turn, a decision has now been taken to show the Nigeria game on a giant screen in the city as World Cup fever sweeps the home of the 1998 world champions.

    Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to "accompany Parisians in their mania for Les Bleus", officials told local media.

  • Milestone for Yobo

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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  • Cabaye fires arrogance warning

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    Four years ago at the last World Cup player strikes, rows, resignations and recriminations left the French in disarray on one of the worst days in the country's football history. Fast forward to now and it's a completely different story with renewed optimism amongst fans and media alike.

    But midfielder Yohan Cabaye says it is vital Les Bleus do not come across as arrogant as they target a third final in the last five World Cups.

    Team-mate Bacary Sagna has been reported as saying it would be a "failure" if France did not win the World Cup, but former Newcastle midfielder Cabaye adds: "It's great to be ambitious. But to say we're going to win the World Cup is a lot.

    "Confidence shouldn't become arrogance because that's when you have problems."

  • Multi-coloured World Cup

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:37

    BBC World's Alex South in Brasilia: "If you didn't know who was playing at the Estadio Nacional, you wouldn't be able to tell from the array of football tops on show. There's a smattering of French blue, even less Nigerian green, but probably more Brazilian yellow.

    "I've seen Spanish, Japanese and even a Tranmere Rovers top! I wonder who the neutrals will get behind?"

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:35

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    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

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    Hussaini Abdullahi on the BBC Hausa Facebook page: "Nigeria is no match for France. I support Nigeria but they will lose 3-0."

    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

  • Former England striker Gary Lineker, MOTD

    Posted at16:30

    "Back on the box today with France v Nigeria. This stunning World Cup could well conjure up another cracker. On air at 16:30 BST on BBC One."

    Click on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of the page to watch Match Of The Day.

  • Happy campers

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:30

    BBC World Service reporter John Bennett in Brasilia: "There are no off-field issues in the France camp.

    "I've been speaking to Guy Roux, who managed Auxerre in the French top flight for over 40 years, helping to turn the likes of Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc and Basile Boli into stars.

    "He says he's spoken to 'his friend' Bacary Sagna, who says that the spirit in the France squad is better than ever and all the players are 'extremely happy'.

    "It seems that they'll be no strikes, rows and disputes on buses at this World Cup for the French team."

  • Former Republic of Ireland international Mark Lawrenson

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:28

    "This is the biggest test so far for France but they look to be in pretty good shape after getting through the group stage so easily.

    "France have got goals in them but Nigeria showed against Argentina that they are dangerous going forward as well.

    "Nigeria are direct and play to their strengths but they are too inconsistent for me and, although I am expecting a close game, I would back France to sneak through."

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

    MOTD

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    "Delighted to have bumped into quite possibly the greatest African footballer of all time. Mr George Weah."

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    Get involved on the BBC Sport Facebook page

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    Ugwu Oguejiofor Ernest: Algeria and Nigeria are very organised teams and can beat any team on a good day.

    Callistus Cally Bunke Nwabuikwu: French fried! That will be the verdict at the end of this game.

    Ajayi Sunkanmi Carlos: Welcome to Brazil where dreams become reality. Go and ask the Costa Rica and Colombia. Now it's time for our African teams' dreams to come true.

  • Oh la la!

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:23

    BBC World's Alex South in Brasilia: "France have fallen back in love with their national team. Four years ago in South Africa, player strikes, rows, resignations and recriminations left the French in disarray on one of the darkest days in the country's football history.

    "But a new man in charge, and a good start in Brazil has rekindled the countries love affair with Les Bleus."

  • Get involved #bbcworldcup

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    Today would be nothing - nothing I tell you - without contributions from your good selves, so send your chit-chat in this direction either via Twitter using the hashtag#bbcworldcup, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page, visit ourGoogle+ page or text (UK only) 81111.

    Can Benzema, Pogba and Evra inspire France to a third World Cup final in five attempts? Can the Super Eagles go further than any African team has gone in the World Cup? When will an African team win the World Cup?

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:19

    BBC World Service reporter John Bennett in Brasilia: "Nigeria's preparations for this quarter-final were overshadowed by yet another row about appearance fees.

    "The country's president stepped in and, after missing training, peace seemed to be restored to the Super Eagles camp. Yesterday, John Mikel Obi told the media that the issue was 'not a major problem'.

    "But if they lose you can be sure that the players will be criticised back in Nigeria for taking their eye off the ball, just days before one of the biggest games in their history."

  • Money, money, money

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:16

    This is one of the biggest matches in Nigeria's history but their preparations have been overshadowed by a bonus row.

    The champions of Africa boycotted training before the weekend because of the dispute, but Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan assured the squad that the money will be paid.

    It is not the first time the Super Eagles have made a stance over money - last year they arrived late for the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:14

    This is Nigeria's first World Cup knockout match since the 1998 tournament in France and victory would see the West African nation reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. The sides have met only once before, in a friendly match in Saint-Etienne in June 2009 that saw Nigeria emerge with a 1-0 victory.

    But trouble has been brewing in the Super Eagles camp. . .

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:11

    BBC World Service sports reporter John Bennett in Brasilia: Around 10,000 France fans expected today.

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:09

    This is match number 53 at the 2014 World Cup. It's hard to believe but there's only another 11 games after this before the new world champions are crowned.

    France or Nigeria will meet the winners of Germany against Algeria, who play later, in the last eight on Friday.

    If this turns out to be a day of upsets then Africa will be guaranteed a team in the semi-finals for the first time.

    The furthest an African team has advanced in the World Cup is the last eight - Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).

  • Bleus Monday

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:04

    They've gone from the moody Bleus to a happy-go-lucky team under Didier Deschamps. But are France about to experience a Bleus Monday?

    The side hell-bent on civil war, chaos and destruction in 2010 has been dismantled and replaced by a team with a renewed sense of pride and purpose in 2014.

    Suddenly, France are a nation to be taken seriously again on the World Cup stage. But can Nigeria become only the fourth African nation to make it to the World Cup quarter-finals?

    Buckle up. We're about to find out. . .

  • Tour de World Cup

    Posted at16:00

    It's Tour de France week and a breakaway has raced clear of the World Cup peloton.

    The yellow jersey of Brazil has made its move into the quarter-finals and has been joined by Netherlands, Colombia and Costa Rica.

    Back in the peloton, the blue jersey of France is looking cool and composed after coasting through the group stage and is weighing up the next move.

    But Nigeria is seeking to make history. There's no room for error. One false move now and France's Tour de World Cup could come to a crashing end.

  • LINE-UPS

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    France make six changes from the under-strength side that started their goalless draw with Ecuador in the final group game. Yohan Cabaye returns to the team after suspension, while Paul Pogba keeps his place in midfield.

    France: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Koscielny, Varane, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Matuidi, Pogba, Giroud.

    Chelsea winger Victor Moses returns to Nigeria's line-up after missing the 3-2 defeat by Argentina with a muscular injury. He comes in for Michel Babatunde as the only change for the Super Eagles.

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Yobo, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Onazi, Mikel, Musa, Odemwingie, Moses, Emenike.

  • Team news

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    France coach Didier Deschamps welcomes back midfielder Yohan Cabaye from suspension.

    Mathieu Valbuena could also return to the starting line-up but defenderMamadou Sakho is doubtful due to a thigh injury.

    Nigeria forward Victor Moses missed the Argentina game with a muscular injury and faces a fitness test.

    Winger Michael Babatunde is out after his wrist was fractured by a shot from team-mate Ogenyi Onazi.

Posted on Monday 30th June 2014

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