France end Nigeria’s World Cup dreams

Nigerian Super Eagles

The Super Eagles could not translate their chance to goals.


One late goal from Paul Pogba and an own goal from Joseph Yobo saw the Super Eagles dream of making it to the quarter-final of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil come to an end as the French won 2-0.

The Super Eagles, hoping to be the fourth African team to make the quarter finals of the Mundial, started quite bright and had the upper hand in the first hour of the game which went down at Brasilia.

The Eagles were threatening going forward but they could not convert their chances to goals when it mattered most.

They also lost a lot of chances in the first half with the team failing to make good use of their set pieces. The best chance for the Eagles came in 18th minute through Emmanuel Emenike but his goal was termed to be offside.

The game was an open game as most of battles were played from the right side.

The second half continued the same way until Ogenyi Onazi was brought down in the midfield by the terrible tackle of Blaise Matuidi. The tackle saw the hardworking midfielder stretchered off and Reuben Gabriel replaced him in the 56th minute.

The absence of the Lazio midfielder saw the Eagles concede too much space in midfield making it easy for the trio of Matuidi, Cabaye, and Pogba to get past the defenders. That, coupled with Antoine Griezmann replacing Oliver Giroud saw the game change.

Victor Moses saved 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. And Yohan Cabaye thumped the ball against Nigeria’s bar after Efe Ambrose hacked Karim Benzema’s shot clear but in the end it was Pogba who put the French ahead.

Enyeama flapped at a cross played by Valbuena and Pogba jumped higher than all the defenders around him to head home from close range in the 79th minute.

Yobo then got his boot on Griezmann’s cross to make it 2-0 in extra time.
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