France qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals here Monday after a late Paul Pogba header and a Joseph Yobo own goal clinched a 2-0 victory over Nigeria.
Juventus star Pogba made the key breakthrough for France 11 minutes from time, punishing a rare mistake by Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.
Then in the closing minutes, a low cross from Mathieu Valbuena was turned in by Yobo as he came under pressure from Antoine Griezmann.
The victory ended Nigeria’s dream of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time and put France into a last eight meeting with either Germany or Algeria.
The defeat was hard on France-based Nigeria keeper Enyeama, who had kept Les Bleus at bay with a series of fine saves.
But the win was no less than Didier Deschamps’s’ France deserved after dominating the contest and enjoying the better of the chances throughout.
France will face the winner of Monday’s other game, between Algeria and Germany, in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
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