FIFA World Cup: France Defeat Nigeria 2-0 to Book Spot in Quarterfinal Round

France struck late in the match against Nigeria but their two goals were enough to see them advance to the quarterfinal round of FIFA World Cup 2014.

updated: July 01, 2014 00:14 IST
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French players celebrate their win against Nigeria.

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Brasilia: Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria's stubborn resistance and Joseph Yobo added an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday. (Highlights| Matchcentre)

Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama had just made a superb save to tip over Karim Benzema's header, but he flapped at the ball from the ensuing corner and Pogba pounced in the 79th minute to nod in his first goal of the tournament.

Pogba atoned for a scrappy first half in which he gave the ball away carelessly and placed a volley too close to Enyeama. Scoring such a crucial goal will boost his confidence heading into the last eight against either Germany or Algeria, who played their match later.

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