Les Bleus Poised To Book Quarter Final

Can Benzema and France continue their push into the Quarter-Finals? Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

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France v Nigeria

Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília
Tuesday July 1 – 2:00 AM (AEST)

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A France  side not short of fire-power meet Nigeria  in their World Cup round of 16 clash on Tuesday morning.

After their first two group matches, France had found the back of the net more than any other team. They backed up their 3-0 win over Honduras with a 5-2 demolition of the Swiss, but they couldn’t find a way past a ten-man Ecuador side. The French face tough opposition in Nigeria on Tuesday, who have kept two of their opening three opponents scoreless. Karim Benzema has managed three goals in Brazil so far and there’s no doubt he will be eager to add a fourth and continue his push to be the World Cup’s top goal scorer. There was plenty of attention on French playmaker Paul Pogba before the tournament, and so far the Juventus man has delivered. The highly rated 21-year-old has created a number of goals thus far and he will look to link up with Benzema and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud to penetrate the stubborn Nigerian defence line.

The Super Eagles practically booked their spot in the round of 16 when they managed a snatch-and-grab 1-0 win over Bosnia Herzegovina. Peter Odemwingie was the hero on that occasion, but we saw a youngster by the name of Ahmed Musa that ignited Nigerian hopes in their loss to Argentina. Musa’s electrifying pace and skills on the ball saw him notch a brace against one of the tournament’s big guns and coach Stephen Keshi will hope the 21-year-old can emulate that form in Tuesday’s match. The CSKA Moscow midfielder has taken the limelight off powerful forward Emmanuel Emenike, who is still yet to register a goal in Brazil. Emenike headed into the World Cup as Nigeria’s go to man, but after Musa’s impressive display against Argentina, the team’s tactics may change to better suit the speedy midfielder.

France were touted as one of the World Cup’s dark horses before the tournament, but after such a dominant display in the group stages there has been a whole lot more expectation piled on Didier Deschamp’s men. Les Bleus have the class and talent to brush off a Nigerian challenge, but can they hold their nerve and book a spot in the Quarter Finals?


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