Football – World Cup – Round of 16
Monday 30th June 2014 – Kickoff: 1300hrs
The Estadio Nacional in the capital city, Brasilia, is the venue of the next round of 16 clash between France and Nigeria on Monday lunchtime.
France finished top of Group E with two wins and a draw – the victories were over Honduras 3-0 and Switzerland in an emphatic 5-2 win while they were disappointing in their final group match against Ecuador, drawing a blank in a 0-0 draw.
Not that the French didn’t have chances against Ecuador – they were guilty of spurning numerous opportunities on goal but couldn’t manage to get past Ecuadorian keeper Dominguez whose job was made slightly easier with every effort on goal seeming to be fired straight at him!
But France are expected to get their ‘game heads’ back on for today’s last 16 clash and with attacking personnel such as Benzema and Giroud up front with creative midfielders Pogba, Valbuena and Matuidi in support, they should once again be hitting the back of the net again here.
Onto Nigeria, and they finished second in their group behind Argentina, emerging from a group that also contained Iran and World Cup debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina who may well be feeling they let themselves down despite this being their first major tournament on the world stage.
But back to Nigeria, and a 0-0 draw in their opening group match against a well-organised Iranian defence was followed up with a slightly surprising 1-0 win over Bosnia. They then lost as expected to Argentina in their final group match but not before they’d given the South American super-power some nervous moments not least when Musa equalised twice in response to Lionel Messi’s goals, but they eventually succumbed losing 2-3.
Despite the attacking threat that Nigeria carry with the likes of Musa cutting in from the flanks with Emenike and Odemwingie up front, let’s not forget that France have conceded just 2 goals so far, and that was when the match was dead and buried against the Swiss. Manager Didier Deschamps will be impressing upon his players the need to convert their chances here today, and if they can keep Musa quiet, Les Bleus should take their place in the quarter finals. I’ll back France to win and cover the -1 handicap in addition.
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A late Paul Pogba header and an own goal from Joseph Yobo saw France to a 2-0 win over Nigeria and a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Didier Deschamps’ side created the better of the chances throughout an evenly-matched encounter and were able to flex their international muscles when required to get over the line.
Nigeria had more than held their own up until the 79th minute when an error of judgement from goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama saw him flap at a set-piece and allow the ball to drop kindly for Pogba to nod into an empty net.
France then put the result beyond doubt in the first minute of stoppage-time when the lively Mathieu Valbuena wriggled away from a short corner and saw his low cross turned into his own net by an unfortunate Yobo, who was more concerned with preventing Antoine Griezmann from getting a touch.
Les Bleus will now face Germany in the last eight, while Nigeria are still waiting to grace that particular stage for the first time.
For much of the match, Nigeria keeper Enyeama - who plays his club football in France for Lille - had defied the French but it was his unfortunate blunder that allowed Pogba, the former Manchester United youth player who has made his name at Juventus, the chance to tip the contest in favour of his side.
Until then, Enyeama had been heroic - not least with a brilliant reaction save after Valbuena had set up Pogba for a powerfully-struck volley.
With Enyeama in such form, Deschamps' France side could not afford to be wasteful and Valbuena's promptings in midfield looked the best avenue for attack. It was the Marseille midfielder who conjured a neat lay-off into Mathieu Debuchy's path only for the Newcastle full-back to send his drive wide when a goal looked odds-on.
Valbuena's fast feet then saw France open up the Nigerians again but Olivier Giroud's shot on the turn was disappointing.
It was not one-way traffic, however, and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny had to be smart to block out Peter Odemwingie when the Stoke striker threatened.
Blaise Matuidi then crunched Odemwingie and from a promising position Emmanuel Emenike blasted the free-kick high and wide. Nigeria's Fenerbahce striker then did get the ball in the net with a great finish but was flagged for offside.
Emenike's power posed a threat to the French and he stung the hands of Hugo Lloris with a fizzing shot from 25 yards.
As the game entered the final phase, France began to exert control, perhaps aided by Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi departing on a stretcher after a nasty late challenge by Blaise Matuidi, who was booked.
It had been a fairly miserable game for Giroud, who had not clicked at all with Karim Benzema, and he came off just after an hour for Griezmann.
The change had an immediate impact. Benzema's one-two with Griezmann on the edge of the box came off perfectly but Enyeama managed to take the pace out of the Real Madrid striker's shot and Victor Moses hooked it clear off the line.
France continued to press and Benzema's cross-shot was scooped clear before Yohan Cabaye came as close as anyone had to scoring when his 20-yard strike crashed back off the crossbar.
Finally, France made the breakthrough and it was hugely unfortunate for Enyeama that having been so impressive, it was his flap at Valbuena's corner that saw the ball drop nicely for Pogba to direct a header into the unguarded net.
Enyeama made up for it with another fabulous stop to keep out Griezmann's fiercely-struck effort but France were not to be denied and Griezmann's step-over from Valbuena's cross saw the ball hit the unfortunate Yobo on the shin - who had broken Nigeria's World Cup appearance record - and roll into the net.
France and Nigeria square off in the round of 16 at the World Cup in Brazil, and the Nigerians aren’t going to sit back and allow the French to roll over them, which could be their downfall. The French have been one of the top teams in the tournament so far, but the knockout stage is a different animal and they have higher expectations now.
World Cup Odds: France -195, Nigeria +615, Draw +615
Odds To Advance: France -430, Nigeria +345
France’s attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Valbuena has combined for five goals and four assists in basically two games since France drew 0-0 with Ecuador in their final match to win Group E. Benzema has been in especially great form and with him leading the line, France tore apart their group. Paul Pogba played two of the three matches, but showed why he is one of the best midfielders in Europe at 21 years old. This French team saw what happened with the player mutiny of 2010 and they are playing with a sense of pride, and it has definitely given them a boost.
The defense hasn’t really been challenged yet, and Nigeria is going to run at them. Captain Hugo Lloris is strong in goal, but how will the back four handle Nigeria’s pressure?
While Nigeria lost 3-2 to Argentina in their Group F finale, it showed a glimpse into the mindset they need to beat France: they aren’t scared of anyone and they will absolutely go straight at their highly-touted opponents. Ahmed Musa scored twice against Argentina and adds goals from midfield, while Ogenyi Ozani has to find his shooting boots; he has put just five of his 11 shots in the tournament on target, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stop shooting. Veteran Peter Odemwingie has been Nigeria’s best striker and he has played against some of the French players while in England, as has Jon Obi Mikel, who might be best suited to move back to his Chelsea position to shield the back four.
That will be the problem area for Nigeria, whose defense played well against Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but they didn’t have to do much against Iran, while Bosnia-Herzegovina gave them a couple of scares and Argentina, well, it was the Lionel Messi show and that is nothing to be ashamed of. France can come at you from wide or through the middle, and Nigeria will have to be careful.
These two have met once in the past with Nigeria beating the French 1-0 in a 2009 friendly in France, but this will be a different game altogether. They’ll continue the offense-first theme of this spectacular World Cup, but ultimately, it might be Nigeria’s inability to stay back that hurts them as France just has more offensive weapons and ways to score than they do. This will be a very entertaining match, but the French will survive and make it back to the quarterfinals.About Geoff Harvey
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So far so good for France that on Monday will take on Nigeria in Brasilia for the last 16 tie of the 2014 World Cup. Didier Deschamps men have been impressive so far in this tournament and they will be keen to confirm their form in this first knockout stage and progress to the quarter final. Nigeria however cannot be underestimated as they are a tough proposition as we have seen In the previous round.
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Surely everyone knew that France were a good side full of talented players however the way they have started their competition in Brazil was impressive as they booked their place in the knockout stages after they have thrashed Honduras for 3-0 and neighbours Switzerland for 5-2. In their last match of the group against Ecuador managed Didier Deschamps had the luxury to rest some of their key players. Even with a weakened formation France managed to get a point (0-0) against Ecuador and secure their first place in the group.
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Now they will be keen to get back to score goals and they have very good chance to do so considering the waste range of attacking talents at their disposals. Unsurprisingly they are the clear favourite to book their place in the quarter finals in 90 minutes and can be backed at 8/15 with Paddy Power.
Nigeria however cannot be underestimated as they have proven to be a very solid side that can cause trouble to any team. After a frustrating 0-0 draw in their opening encounter against Iran, the Super Eagles have managed to prevail and knock out a much fancied Europeean side Bosnia for 1-0 in their second match.
In their last group game they were unlucky to lose 3-2 against super-power Argentina who were once against lead by Lionel Messi. They surely be confident that they can cause France problems and progress to the quarter finals which will be a fantastic result for them. They are available at 7/1 to beat France with bet365 who are also offering 10/3 for the draw.
Karim Benzema has been outstanding in the first two games played and even if he has scored three goals he was a bit unlucky not to have put more under his name. He bagged a brace against Honduras and followed up in the second game against Switzerland but also had a goal disallowed for being after the final whistle, saw a shot that resulted in a goal being given as a own goal and also missed a penalty. If everything would have gone his way he could have potentially be leading in the Goalscorer table with 6 goals. Regardless of how many goals were assigned to him those performances show that he is in great form and that he can certainly cause problems to the tight Nigerian’s defence. The option Benzema to score and France to win at 7/5 with Paddy Power is a decent proposition.
Nigeria were deadly in counter-attack during the group stages and especially against Argentina where they managed to score 2 goals. It is likely that they will repeat this strategy with France: they will allow them to push forward and try to hit them on the break.
France however are more solid at the back than the ‘Albiceleste’ and are unlikely to leave the same level of opportunity to the Africans. Didier Deschamps can count on the likes of Mahmadou Sakho who has had a terrific season with Liverpool and has showed to be in top notch form also in the World Cup. Considering that backing France wo win to nil at 6/4 with SkyBet looks a tempting proposition. Nigeria are a good and balanced side and we have seen their potentials in the group stages so we expect this to be a rather balanced affair. Having said that France have the qualities to get a narrow success and book their place in the quarter finals.
France v Nigeria betting tips
Karim Benzema to score and France to win @ 7/5 with Paddy Power
France to win to nil @ 6/4 with Skybet
France to win by 1 goal margin @ 14/5 with Ladbrokes
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