BRASILIA – There will be no World Cup blues for Les Bleus this time around. Four years removed from a controversial flameout in South Africa, France sealed a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals in Brazil.
France continued its redemptive run by edging Nigeria 2-0 at Nacional in Brasilia on Monday to advance out of the Round of 16. Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama held France scoreless deep into the second half until midfielder Paul Pogba broke through in the 79th minute with a header on a corner kick.
The second tally came in stoppage time following another France corner kick. After a short kick from the corner, France’s Mathieu Valbuena sent a low cross toward goal. The ball deflected off Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo and into the net.
France will face the winner of the Round of 16 meeting between Germany and Algeria.