Brasilia, Brazil: In 2010, France was the shame of the World Cup, a team in open revolt against its coach, Raymond Domenech, and it failed to win a game. But four years later, under a new coach, France is among the final eight teams in the tournament, and this time, it has played four games without losing.
On Monday, after a lackluster start, France recovered in the second half to beat Nigeria, 2-0, at Estadio Nacional and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006, when it reached the final, and will play Germany. (Highlights)
"We have come very far," said Didier Deschamps, the French coach, who has never lost as a player or a coach in the World Cup.