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France march into the World Cup quarter-finals

France marched into the World Cup quarter-finals after shading an absorbing contest against Nigeria in Brasilia courtesy of Paul Pogba’s header.

Les Bleus had been kept at bay by the African side for much of the match, and given a few scares of their own, before a spell of intense pressure led to Pogba’s winner, with Joseph Yobo’s late own goal only compounding Nigeria’s misery in a 2-0 defeat.

For much of the match, Nigeria’s keeper Vincent Enyeama – who plays his club football in France for Lille – had defied the French but it was his unfortunate blunder that allowed Pogba, the former Manchester United youth player who has made his name at Juventus, the chance.

Until then, Enyeama had been heroic – not least with a brilliant reaction save after Mathieu Valbuena had set Pogba for a powerfully-struck volley.

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