BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — After being touted as one of a World Cup’s entertainers, it was a dirty opening that got France by to a quarterfinals in a 2-0 feat over Nigeria on Monday.
France’s brazen line had finished headlines with 8 goals in a opening dual organisation games, though there was small aptitude on arrangement in a hard-fought competition opposite a African champions.
France indispensable a late header from midfielder Paul Pogba and an injury-time possess idea from defender Joseph Yobo to overcome a strong Nigeria.
The prerogative is a quarterfinal opposite Germany on Friday during Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium, following a Germans’ 2-1 feat over Algeria.
Pogba’s idea in a 79th notation followed Nigeria’s best spell of a compare and came shortly after France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had finished a essential save to repudiate Peter Odemwingie.
“We’re not a prettiest or a best, though we can do good things,” France manager Didier Deschamps pronounced after a game. “The salvation came late. There was a lot of tragedy since we were adult opposite a really jaunty side and there were a lot of challenges.”
Nigeria, that had a idea ruled out for offside in a 19th notation after Emmanuel Emenike poked home Ahmed Musa’s cranky from a left, squandered a lot of second-half possession.
Four years ago, France crashed out of a organisation stage, abashed a republic by going on strike and was jeered by a possess fans and lambasted by politicians in a fallout from an annoying tournament.
It’s really opposite conditions now.
“I’m unapproachable of my players since we’re entrance behind from really far. we consider we’ve given a lot of pleasure behind to a fans,” Deschamps said. “I consider there were 5,000 here and millions behind home who will feel proud.”
Pogba’s essential idea came after Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama had only finished a glorious save to tip over Karim Benzema’s header. But he he flapped during a turn from a indirect dilemma and Pogba pounced in a 79th notation for his initial World Cup goal.
That atoned for fixation a bombardment too tighten to Enyeama in a scrappy initial half.
Scoring such a essential idea will boost his certainty streamer into a final 8 game.
“We have 4 days left to ready for another battle,” Deschamps said.
Yobo, who announced his general retirement after a game, incited a turn into his possess net in blocking time underneath vigour from France surrogate Antoine Griezmann.
At a final whistle, France’s relieved players danced in front of their fans as dreams of a repeat run to a final — only like in 2006 — changed a step closer.
“We had a whole nation behind us,” Pogba said. “It’s one of a proudest moments of my life.”
France started solemnly and finished strongly in a second turn match.
“I’ve nonetheless to see a group play good over a whole 90 minutes,” Deschamps said. “Nigeria forsaken off a bit and that authorised us to get on top.”
After Griezmann came on, Benzema finally came alive in a 70th, opening adult a invulnerability after a crafty one-two with a France substitute. After Enyeama blocked Benzema’s initial shot, his follow-up bid was hacked transparent by Victor Moses. Video record reliable that a turn had not crossed a line.
France unsuccessful to uncover a aggressive aptitude of prior games, with Giroud skewing a shot far-reaching early on.
He also seemed to bend John Obi Mikel in an off-the turn incident, carrying finished a same in final week’s 0-0 pull with Ecuador after entrance on as a second-half substitute.
“The arbitrate saw it and didn’t even give him a warning. Not a yellow card, nothing,” Mikel said. “The idea was there.”
Keshi was rarely vicious of American arbitrate Mark Geiger’s doing of a game.
“The ref is a tellurian being, though a lot of mistakes were questionable,” he said. “Giroud elbow, Pogba feet adult … he decides what happens on a field. I’m not happy with a ref.”
Two chances were missed late in a half.
Full-back Mathieu Debuchy smacked a shot far-reaching and into a behind of a steward, and Emenike saw his pointy expostulate from a corner of a area palmed divided by Lloris.
With Nigeria starting to browbeat possession, Deschamps finished a pivotal change in a 62nd, holding Giroud off and bringing on Griezmann, pardon Benzema to play by a middle.
Nigeria continued to pull brazen and core half Laurent Kocielny cut out Musa’s dangerous cranky from a right.
But toward a end, it was all France as Griezmann increased a attack. He roughly finished it 2-0 in a 85th that Enyeama sloping over brilliantly. Instead, it fell to Yobo to inadvertently supplement France’s second goal.
France: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra; Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi; Mathieu Valbuena (Moussa Sissoko, 94th), Olivier Giroud (Antoine Griezmann, 62nd), Karim Benzema.
Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa; Ogenyi Onazi (Ruben Gabriel, 59th), John Obi Mikel; Ahmed Musa, Peter Odemwingie, Victor Moses (Uche Nwofor, 89th); Emmanuel Emenike.