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Matches

19/08/2007102 - WeatherClear
2:1 (1:0)
  • Macauley CHRISANTUS (15')
  • Rabiu IBRAHIM (64')
  • Henri SAIVET (51')

Summary

Nigerians squeeze past France

In the first match in Group D, a goal in either half was enough for Nigeria to overcome a competitive but ultimately wasteful France team.

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Line-ups

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5
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9
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10
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16
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Substitute(s)

21
16
12
21
6
2
8
3
15
8
17
12
19
15
20
17
11
18
13
20

Coaches

Yemi TELLA (NGA)
(FRA) Francois BLAQUART

Officials

Referee: Craig THOMSON (SCO)Assistant Referee 1: Martin CRYANS (SCO)Assistant Referee 2: Tom MURPHY (SCO)Fourth official: Joel AGUILAR (SLV)

Statistics

14Shots12
2Corner kicks11
2Yellow cards0
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
46%Possession (%)54%
  • NGA - FRA
  • France - Nigeria
  • France - Nigeria
  • France-Nigeria
  • France - Nigeria
  • France - Nigeria
Yemi Tella (NGA), Nigeria coach
"It was a very good match and the two teams produced some very attractive football. We're going to try to continue in this direction and even improve our football in our upcoming games. I can't say yet if France are the hardest opponent in this group and I'll have to wait until we've faced the other two to have a proper idea."