After flashes of magnificent football in the group phase, France will look to confirm their World Cup credentials in Monday's last-16 tie against Nigeria. (Fixtures)
In previous World Cups, France have always reached at least the semi-finals after qualifying from the group phase, but circumspection has become the order of the day in the French camp this week. (Many colours of FIFA World Cup)
While Didier Deschamps's side garnered plaudits by sweeping past Honduras 3-0 and crushing Switzerland 5-2, a much-changed team could only draw 0-0 in their final Group E fixture against Ecuador on Wednesday.