December 18, 2017
Monday, June 30, 2014

France strike late to reach World Cup last eight

France''s forward Antoine Griezmann (R) celebrates with midfielders Mathieu Valbuena and Blaise Matuidi (L) after their second goal

France scored twice in the last 11 minutes to seal a 2-0 victory over Nigeria and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Nigeria held their own in an even first half but France stepped up the pressure after the break.

Nigeria's Victor Moses cleared a Karim Benzema shot off the line and their goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made a series of excellent saves before Yohan Cabaye's shot hit the bar.

Enyeama flapped at a Mathieu Valbuena corner in the 79th minute, leaving Paul Pogba an open goal to head into.

France struck again in stoppage time when Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo diverted a cross into his own net.

France will play Germany or Algeria in the last eight.

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