FIFA World Cup 2014: France win it 2-0 to make it through to the quarterfinals, Nigeria is out
France’s Paul Pogba scored the opening goal. (AP Photo)Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria’s stubborn resistance and Joseph Yobo scored an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday. Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama had just made a superb save to tip over Karim Benzema’s header, but he flapped at the ball from the ensuing corner and Pogba pounced in the 79th minute to nod in his first goal of the tournament. Yobo turned the ball into his own net in stoppage time under pressure from France substitute Antoine Griezmann. France started slowly and finished strongly in the second round match. African champion Nigeria had a goal ruled out for offside in the 19th minute after Emmanuel Emenike poked home Ahmed Musa’s cross. Lineups: France: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra; Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi; Mathieu Valbuena, Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema. Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa; Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel; Ahmed Musa, Peter Odemwingie, Victor Moses; Emmanuel Emenike.