France scored twice in the final 11 minutes in Brasilia to beat Nigeria and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike had a strike ruled out for offside before Vincent Enyeama saved Paul Pogba's volley.

Pogba header gives France the lead

Victor Moses cleared Karim Benzema's shot off the line after the break and Yohan Cabaye volleyed against the bar as France pressed.

But Pogba eventually headed in after an Enyeama error and Joseph Yobo diverted Mathieu Valbuena's cross into the net.

France will play Germany, who beat Algeria 2-1 after extra time, in the last eight at the Maracana on Friday.

The final scoreline was harsh on Nigeria, who dominated for large parts of the second half, but late mistakes from their tiring players ensured they will have to wait for their first quarter-final appearance in a World Cup.

Analysis

"France got stronger after the obvious change of putting Karim Benzema through the middle. The balance of the team was much better and he looked a different player. But I thought Mathieu Valbuena was the best player on the pitch."

France have pedigree in the knockout rounds, having reached at least the semi-finals on the last five occasions they have progressed past the first round at the World Cup.

Nigeria's last-16 preparations had been disrupted by a row over bonuses and, with their group victory over Bosnia-Hercegovina their only World Cup win in 11 matches, this tie was always going to prove a big ask.

But, attacking with pace down the wings through both Moses and Ahmed Musa, the Super Eagles looked threatening early on. Only a flag for offside denied the powerful Emenike the opener, when he tapped home Musa's cross.

Nigeria keeper Enyeama made the most saves in the group phase and had to be alert again to keep out Pogba's fierce close-range volley as the play swept from end to end in a first half that saw both sides look vulnerable defensively.

Juventus's Pogba was being afforded a lot of space but, as was the case all over the pitch, the final ball was all too often wasteful, with Mathieu Debuchy's off-target shot the only other notable attempt in a half that promised more than it delivered.

The African champions were forced into a change after the break when influential midfielder Ogenyi Onazi was injured by a late tackle from Blaise Matuidi, who was lucky to escape with only a yellow card.

France

France, the 2006 runners-up, did not make it past the group stage in South Africa four years ago but they appear to be much more united as a squad in this tournament.

That togetherness was needed as Nigeria controlled the opening stages of the second half and only a sharp stop from Hugo Lloris prevented Peter Odemwingie's low shot from giving the Africans the lead.

Against the run of play Benzema almost gave France the lead. The Real Madrid man played a neat one-two with Antoine Griezmann before seeing his shot partially blocked by Enyeama and then hacked off the line by Moses.

The introduction of Griezmann for Olivier Giroud saw France emerge more as an attacking force, with Benzema playing more centrally, and the breakthrough came when Pogba headed into an empty net after Enyeama had misjudged Valbuena's corner.

And, as Nigeria pushed for a leveller, Joseph Yobo flicked Valbuena's low cross into his own net on the day he surpassed Jay-Jay Okocha's record of nine World Cup matches for the Super Eagles.

Match facts

Karim Benzema has had 13 shots on target so far at this World Cup - more than any other player. He has scored three goals

Nigeria have only won one of their last 12 World Cup matches, losing eight and drawing three

France manager Didier Deschamps is unbeaten in his 10 games at the World Cup as a player & manager (W8 D2)

Mathieu Valbuena completed 94% of his passes against Nigeria, the highest passing accuracy posted by any player in the match

France midfielder Paul Pogba: "I have no words to describe this feeling. The whole country is behind us and scoring that goal really liberated us. I am so happy for the team and all of France.

"To score a goal for your country, especially in such an important game as this, to get into the last eight of the World Cup is one of the best moments of my life."

France manager Didier Deschamps: "We had a very strong last half an hour with more dynamism and more speed. We had space to create chances and we could have scored quite a few times.

"I tried to create some more speed by bringing on Griezmann and we tried to exploit the space with short passes and it worked."

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi: "I thought the referee made a lot of mistakes and was very lenient to the French players. There was a very bad tackle on Ogenyi Onazi and he is probably out for weeks."

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France fans

France had never met Nigeria in the World Cup before

Emmanuel Emenike

This was the first time two African nations (Nigeria & Algeria) had reached the World Cup knockout stage

Paul Pogba

Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama recorded the most saves of any goalkeeper in the group phase

Paul Pogba

All of France's goals during this World Cup have come from inside the penalty area

France

France are the first team to benefit from two own goals in the same World Cup

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

France

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 03 Evra
  • 06 Cabaye
  • 04 Varane
  • 21 Koscielny
  • 19 Pogba
  • 14 Matuidi Booked
  • 09 Giroud (Griezmann - 62' )
  • 08 Valbuena (Sissoko - 94' )
  • 10 Benzema

Substitutes

  • 05 Sakho
  • 07 Cabella
  • 11 Griezmann
  • 12 Mavuba
  • 13 Mangala
  • 15 Sagna
  • 16 Ruffier
  • 17 Digne
  • 18 Sissoko
  • 20 Remy
  • 22 Schneiderlin
  • 23 Landreau

Nigeria

  • 01 Enyeama
  • 05 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 13 Oshaniwa
  • 10 Mikel
  • 02 Yobo
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 08 Odemwingie
  • 17 Onazi (Gabriel - 59' )
  • 09 Emenike
  • 11 Moses (Nwofor - 89' )
  • 07 Musa

Substitutes

  • 03 Uzoenyi
  • 04 Gabriel
  • 06 Egwuekwe
  • 12 Odunlami
  • 14 Oboabona
  • 15 Azeez
  • 16 Ejide
  • 19 Nwofor
  • 20 Uchebo
  • 21 Agbim
  • 23 Ameobi
Ref: Mark Geiger
Att: 67,882

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

5 2

Corners

12 9

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, France 2, Nigeria 0.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, France 2, Nigeria 0.

90:00 +3:50

Hand ball by John Obi Mikel (Nigeria).

90:00 +3:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

90:00 +0:58 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Joseph Yobo, Nigeria. France 2, Nigeria 0.

90:00 +0:26

Corner, France. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.

89:05

Corner, France. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

88:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nigeria. Uche Nwofor replaces Victor Moses.

88:16

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:16

Foul by Reuben Gabriel (Nigeria).

86:13

Corner, France. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

85:26

Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:26

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Nigeria).

84:38

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

84:36

Attempt blocked. Victor Moses (Nigeria) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

83:25

Corner, France. Conceded by Vincent Enyeama.

83:23

Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi with a through ball.

81:19

Hand ball by Reuben Gabriel (Nigeria).

78:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! France 1, Nigeria 0. Paul Pogba (France) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

78:23

Corner, France. Conceded by Vincent Enyeama.

78:20

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross.

77:51

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:51

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Nigeria).

76:24

Yohan Cabaye (France) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box following a corner.

75:35

Corner, France. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

75:32

Attempt blocked. Laurent Koscielny (France) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross.

75:11

Corner, France. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

73:25

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

73:25

John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:54

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

70:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:20

Delay in match Efe Ambrose (Nigeria) because of an injury.

69:23

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

69:23

Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:08

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a through ball.

67:53

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

66:47

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:47

Foul by Victor Moses (Nigeria).

65:19

Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:19

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria).

63:54

Attempt saved. Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Emenike.

62:57

Raphael Varane (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:57

Foul by Victor Moses (Nigeria).

62:33

Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:33

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

61:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Antoine Griezmann replaces Olivier Giroud.

59:31

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Joseph Yobo.

58:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nigeria. Reuben Gabriel replaces Ogenyi Onazi because of an injury.

58:34

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

58:34

Victor Moses (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:08

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

56:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:16

Delay in match Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) because of an injury.

53:58 Booking

Booking Blaise Matuidi (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:52

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

53:52

Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:26

Delay in match Raphael Varane (France) because of an injury.

51:41

Offside, Nigeria. Efe Ambrose tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Emenike is caught offside.

49:53

Corner, France. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

49:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:00

Delay in match Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria) because of an injury.

47:00

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

45:00

Second Half begins France 0, Nigeria 0.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, France 0, Nigeria 0.

45:00 +2:07

Offside, France. Olivier Giroud tries a through ball, but Laurent Koscielny is caught offside.

45:00 +1:35

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:35

Foul by Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria).

43:32

Hand ball by Victor Moses (Nigeria).

43:28

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

39:01

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.

37:24

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

33:58

Offside, France. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Yohan Cabaye is caught offside.

33:00

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

31:05

Corner, France. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

30:35

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria).

30:35

Hugo Lloris (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:05

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

29:34

Attempt blocked. Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Emenike.

28:10

John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:10

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

27:18

Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

26:18

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Nigeria).

26:18

Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:34

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Patrice Evra.

23:59

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria).

23:59

Hugo Lloris (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:44

Attempt blocked. Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:38

Attempt blocked. Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ahmed Musa with a cross.

23:07

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

22:13

Corner, France. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

21:41

Corner, France. Conceded by Vincent Enyeama.

21:38

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross.

21:13

Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:13

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

20:45

Efe Ambrose (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:45

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

19:27

Offside, France. Mathieu Valbuena tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

19:08

Foul by Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria).

19:08

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:07

Offside, Nigeria. Ahmed Musa tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Emenike is caught offside.

17:19

Victor Moses (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:19

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

16:53

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by John Obi Mikel from a direct free kick.

15:38

Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:38

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

14:35

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (France) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

13:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

12:20

Delay in match Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) because of an injury.

11:57

Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:57

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

9:21

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ogenyi Onazi.

7:26

Victor Moses (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:26

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

4:13

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a corner.

3:46

Corner, France. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

2:43

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

1:11

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:11

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Nigeria).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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