France Beats Nigeria 2-0 To Reach World Cup Qf - The Washington Post

September 23, 2014

Ive yet to see a team play well over the whole 90 minutes, Deschamps said. Nigeria dropped off (visit) a bit and that allowed us to get on top. African champion Nigeria had a goal ruled out for united states offside in the 19th minute after Emmanuel Emenike poked home Ahmed Musas cross from the left, but wasted a lot of second-half possession. The score doesnt tell the game, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said. After Griezmann came on, Benzema finally came alive in the 70th, opening up the defense after a clever one-two with the France substitute. After Enyeama blocked Benzemas initial shot, his follow-up effort was hacked clear by Victor Moses. Video technology confirmed that the ball had not crossed the line. Pogbas tendency to try and hit perfect through-balls saw him give the ball away four times inside the first 10 minutes alone. He often seemed in two minds and this only slowed down the French attacks. France failed to show the attacking flair of previous games, with Giroud skewing a shot wide early on.

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