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France vs. Nigeria, 2014 World Cup: Les Blues into the quarterfinals

Nigeria held out for 80 minutes, but they couldn't hold out for extra time, and France have skated past them with a 2-0 win.

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What France to quarters means and doesn't mean

France downed Nigeria 2-0 and now moves on. Here's what happens next.


Excited France fan is having fanny pack trouble

For those about to fanny pack, we salute you.


France beat Nigeria 2-0 to advance

France are through to the World Cup quarterfinals after a 2-0 win over Nigeria.


Nigeria bow out with a whimper, it's 2-0

Nigeria put up a great fight against France for a while. They stopped after France scored. This was the result.

That's a lot of standing around from a lot of green shirts and a pretty embarrassing moment for Joseph Yobo, who's going to be credited with an own goal. Nigeria's response after France scored in the 80th minute has been really, really disappointing.


Paul Pogba puts France in front

France have experienced every single variety of non-score in this game, so it's about time they finally found a goal. Paul Pogba, you can do the honors.

This is pretty bad goalkeeping by Nigeria's Vincent Enyeama, and that's a shame. He's been absolutely superb all game and all tournament up until this moment. Les Bleus lead 1-0, and Nigeria need a goal.


How did Benzema not score here?

Karim Benzema's had a rough game for France, but he should have had a goal to redeem himself in the 70th minute. He probably thought he'd scored. He didn't score.

That's a pretty excellent save by Vincent Enyeama, and how about forward Victor Moses getting back to clear off the line? Nigeria are still holding on to a 0-0 draw.


Onazi out for Nigeria

Nigeria have suffered a serious blow in their bid to upset France, and their midfield will be in some trouble going forward if they manage to win this game. Ogenyi Onazi has been substituted out and has left the match on a stretcher after hurting himself in a challenge with Blaise Matuidi.

Reuben Gabriel has replaced Onazi, which is a slight surprise since most expected to see Ramon Azeez come on instead. The injury appeared to be to Onazi's ankle, and it'll be surprising if it's not serious.

Onazi picked up another injury earlier in the match and also left on a stretcher on that occasion, but was allowed to continue. That was a lower-body injury as well, also to his ankle area, and it's not clear if the two incidents are related at all.

Both Gabriel and Onazi are defensive midfielders, but Onazi is much more dynamic than the man who replaced him, so Nigeria might look a bit different in attack now.


Super Eagles superfans are super great

Monday's Nigeria-France game did not disappoint in the "fan costume" department.


Hopefully these fans will have a reason to not look so glum soon.


Nigeria's World Cup fan game: world class.


Pogba denied by brilliant Enyeama save

Paul Pogba thought he'd scored. Vincent Enyeama says NOPE.

What a save.

France and Nigeria are still tied up at 0-0, but that should change soon. This is an open game with lots of chances at both ends.


Nigeria goal called back for offside

Was Ahmed Musa offside here?


Looks like he is, just by his head and shoulder. He thought he'd scored Nigeria's opener off the cross that happened a second later, but it was correctly called back.


France vs. Nigeria: Lineups

France coach Didier Deschamps has opted to start both Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema in Les Bleus' first knockout game against Nigeria.


France expected to progress with Nigeria win

France should be able to progress into the World Cup quarterfinals with a win over Nigeria on Monday.

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