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The World United Through Football Monday, 30th June

Second Round Match - Game 5

France - affiliated with FIFA since 1904. vs Nigeria - affiliated with FIFA since 1960.
France vs Nigeria in Brasilia.

Match Preview

France and Nigeria have never met at a World Cup Finals although they did play a friendly match in 2009.

Nigeria won the game (1:0) in Saint-Etienne.

The Match

So it's the blues - well, whites, actually - against the greens. Can history be written or rewritten?

Goalscorers 1:0
Just when it started to look like it wasn't going to be France's night, Vincent Enyeama made the mistake of tipping Mathieu Valbuena's corner out to Paul Pogba's head, with eleven minutes left to play.

Goalscorers 2:0
Substitute Antoine Griezmann made it two just before injury-time, in off Joseph Yobo, to end Nigeria's chance of getting a last minute equaliser.

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Final Score: France 2 - Nigeria 0
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Teams

Travel to France France:
1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 4-Raphael Varane, 21-Laurent Koscielny, 3-Patrice Evra; 19-Paul Pogba, 6-Yohan Cabaye, 14-Blaise Matuidi, 8-Mathieu Valbuena; 9-Olivier Giroud, 10-Karim Benzema.

Travel to Nigeria Nigeria:
1-Vincent Enyeama; 5-Efe Ambrose, 2-Joseph Yobo, 13-Juwon Oshaniwa, 22-Kenneth Omeruo; 7-Ahmed Musa, 17-Ogenyi Onazi, 10-John Obi Mikel, 11-Victor Moses; 8-Peter Odemwingie, 9-Emmanuel Emenike.

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