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Didier Deschamps remains unbeaten at the World Cup as a player and manager in guiding his side through to the quarter-finals, but who will his team face in the next round? We've got all the reaction from the Estadio Nacional, as well as build-up to Germany-Algeria, in our daily tournament blog. Don't forget to #joinin the global conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.
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FULL TIME: France are through to the quarter-finals to face either Algeria or Germany after a hard-fought win against the African champions. The deadlock was broken by Paul Pogba after a goalkeeping error by the otherwise-excellent Vincent Enyeama and a Joseph Yobo own goal finished things off in stoppage time at the end of the match.
OWN GOAL! YOBO! The Nigeria defender puts through his own net after a short corner is worked between Benzema and Valbuena. The diminutive No8 fires a sharp cross towards Griezmann, but Yobo gets the final touch.
There will be a minimum of five minutes added time in Brasilia.
.@paulpogba's strike is the 146th goal of this #WorldCup exceeding South Africa 2010's total - http://t.co/esHymtT0rK http://t.co/5HyLlkHgrp— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 30/06/2014 17:46
DID YOU KNOW?
The last time a French No19 scored in the World Cup was Yannick Stopyra in the 1986 Round of 16 match against Italy.
The Chelsea winger finds space on the Nigeria left and cuts in onto his right foot, but his shot is stopped by the French full-back.
GREAT SAVE! Griezmann opens up his body on the France left and fire a shot at goal, but Enyeama does well to tip the ball over.
REAL TIME STATS
HEAT MAP: Compare @Benzema and @VictorMoses with real-time stats #FRANGA #WorldCup #joinin - http://t.co/esHymtT0rK http://t.co/PjFcLIWpo9— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 30/06/2014 17:38
GOAL! POGBA! Valbuena whips another corner in and Enyeama palms the ball straight to the Juve midfielder, who heads into an empty net.
GREAT SAVE! BENZEMA DENIED! From a whipped cross, Benzema heads towards goal but the Nigeria No1 turns it over.
OFF THE BAR! CABAYE! From Valbuena's corner, Benzema fires across goal and it's cleared from inside the six yard box by Mikel. The clearance finds the PSG midfielder on the edge of the box and he smashes a thunderous effort at goal, which bounces down off the bar and is cleared away.
Koscielny gets up for a header from Valbuena's corner, but Omeruo blocks behind.
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The No10 gets his head up on the edge of the Nigeria box and hits an optimistic effort at goal, but it's scuffed wide.
OFF THE LINE FROM BENZEMA! The Real Madrid man plays an incisive one-two with Griezmann on the edge of the Nigeria penalty area. He hits left-footed towards goal and Enyeama stops, but the ball bounces through towards goal. Moses sprints back and clears the ball away, with goal-line technology confirming it did not cross the line.
Valbuena finds space on the France left and crosses towards the centre. Under no pressure, Enyeama flaps the ball out and Pogba is waiting, but Oshaniwa gets rid of the danger with an acrobatic clearance.
Odemwingie cuts in from the right-hand side on to his left foot and hammers an effort at goal. Lloris is down to stop smartly and Koscielny completes the clearance.
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Matuidi puts in a late challenge on Onazi and the Lazio midfielder stays down. The stretcher comes on and the No17 heads off the pitch. Unlike the first half, it looks like he won't be able to continue this time.
Ambrose receives the ball on the Nigeria right after some miscontrol in the French penalty area by Moses. The Celtic defender whips it across towards Emenike, but the Fenerbahce forward is offside.
Moses breaks down the Nigeria right and tries to cut back to find a team-mate in the middle, but it's put behind by Koscielny. Odemwingie curls the corner in, but it's cleared away.
France get us underway for the second period.
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HALF TIME: It's been an entertaining opening period in Brasilia, but neither side have been able to break the deadlock so far. France's Paul Pogba came closest, with a smart volley, but he saw his effort turned away by the excellent Vincent Enyeama. Will we see more late twists, or further penalty drama? Stick with us to find out.
Emenike finds space on the Nigeria right and takes the ball towards the French penalty area. He isn't closed down so decides to have a shot at goal. Lloris is equal to it though and palms away.
Matuidi bursts through the Nigeria midfield and plays the ball wide to Valbuena. The Marseille man cuts back and Debuchy is there, but he fires a golden opportunity wide of the goal.
Musa swings the ball across, after Varane had cleared behind, but Odemwingie can't get on the end of it.
Pogba dispossesses Mikel and powers into the French final third. After a mix-up in the Nigeiran defence the ball is spread wide to Valbuena. Nobody in white can get a shot off and the Juve midfielder tries a slide-rule through ball towards Cabaye, but the PSG man is offside.
Odemwingie picks up the ball towards the edge of the French penalty area and tries to create some space to get a shot off. His effort is stopped by the Real Madrid defender.
The Juve midfielder hits an effort, but it's cut out and this game is going from end to end. It's fairly open in Brasilia so far.
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A speculative effort from distance by Onazi is cut out by Varane. The follow-up sees Odemwingie attempt an overhead kick, as Lloris is collecting, but Moses impedes the goalkeeper.
GREAT SAVE! Pogba strides through the Nigerian midfield and spreads the ball wide to Valbuena. The diminutive No8 swings the ball in to the advancing Pogba and the Juve midfielder volleys towards goal. The Lille stopper pulls off a superb stop to keep the scores level.
BALL IN THE NET! But it's offside. Emenike latches on to a curled through ball by Musa and pokes past Lloris, but the flag goes up on the far side and the Nigeria No9 is offside.
France work the ball down their left-hand side and it's cut back towards Giroud. He steadies himself, but fires over the bar from the edge of the box.
Pogba bursts forward through the Nigeria midfield and is tracked by Onazi. The Lazio midfielder is involved in a tangle of legs with the Juve midfielder and Omeruo, and the No17 goes down. He looks in pain and is stretchered off.
Nigeria break down the right and the ball works its way to Emenike, whose snap shot is stopped by the Arsenal defender.
GRENIER IS WATCHING
The midfielder, who was a late withdrawal from the French squad through injury, is cheering on his countrymen from home.
"I am ready with friends watching TV. Come on guys!"
Comme vous, je suis prêt avec les amis devant la télé!!! Allez les gars!! #selfie #TousEnBleu #tousensemble 🇫🇷 http://t.co/p2SWonGsbj— GRENIER Clément (@GRENIER Clément) 30/06/2014 16:07
Matuidi bursts forward down the French left and tries to cut back to the waiting Giroud, but it's cut out. The corner is headed wide by the Arsenal forward.
Nigeria get us underway in Brasilia in all-green, with France in white shirts, navy shorts and white socks.
LIVE: #FRANGA is underway in Brasilia for #WorldCup Round of 16. #NGA kick off #Joinin - http://t.co/esHymtT0rK http://t.co/bbC1hU0MfS— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 30/06/2014 16:00
There's one change for Nigeria, with Victor Moses coming in for the injured Michael Babatunde, while France make six changes from their goalless draw against Ecuador, including the return of Olivier Giroud and Yohan Cabaye to the starting XI.
1 LLORIS, 2 DEBUCHY, 3 EVRA, 4 VARANE, 6 CABAYE, 8 VALBUENA, 9 GIROUD, 10 BENZEMA, 14 MATUIDI, 19 POGBA, 21 KOSCIELNY
1 ENYEAMA, 2 YOBO, 5 AMBROSE, 7 MUSA, 8 ODEMWINGIE, 9 EMENIKE, 10 MIKEL, 11 MOSES, 13 OSHANIWA, 17 ONAZI, 22 OMERUO
It's then the Super Eagles' turn to sing along to their anthem: 'Arise, O Compatriots', and the crowd join them in song.
The teams are out on the pitch and the French national anthem is up first, the famous Marsellaise ringing out in Brazil's capital.
Korea/Japan 2002 was the only FIFA World Cup where an African team defeated a European team in the knockout stages (Senegal 2-1 Sweden)
"The first objective was to get through the group phase. Now it's to go as far as possible. We are competitors and we are ambitious, but we know that we have opponents against us and that we might lose. We're aware of our qualities. Something changed after the Ukraine game [in qualifying], but anything is possible in a knockout match and for the moment we're only focusing on the last 16."
DID YOU KNOW?
Nigera are the first African team to reach the knockout stages of three FIFA World Cups.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Hugo LLORIS, 2 Mathieu DEBUCHY, 3 Patrice EVRA, 4 Raphael VARANE, 5 Mamadou SAKHO, 6 Yohan CABAYE, 14 Blaise MATUIDI, 19 Paul POGBA, 8 Mathieu VALBUENA, 9 Olivier GIROUD, 10 Karim BENZEMA
1 Vincent ENYEAMA, 2 Joseph YOBO, 5 Efe AMBROSE, 17 Ogenyi ONAZI, 22 Kenneth OMERUO, 7 Ahmed MUSA, 10 John Obi MIKEL, 11 Victor MOSES, 8 Peter ODEMWINGIE, 9 Emmanuel EMENIKE, 20 Okechukwu UCHEBO
The French are waiting in the tunnel to step out onto the pitch, and Nigeria join them. It's almost time to get underway in the Brazilian capital.
"We won the Africa Cup of Nations, booked our place in the World Cup without any trouble and now we've qualified for the second round. It's not often that I've experienced so many pieces of good news in a row. That shows you we're improving. This team is young, but it's growing fast and learning quickly. We're taking confidence from our campaign so that it can help us in our next match."
"It is good to be ambitious but winning the World Cup is not easy as one can see by the good teams that have already been eliminated. I respect Nigeria, though we can beat them, but to say we are going to win the World Cup one has to be careful. There is still a long way to go."
DISCOVER FRANCE & NIGERIA
Take a look at the cultures clashing in today's knockout game.
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MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Mark Geiger from the USA will take charge of today's game.
This is France's fifth World Cup match against a team from Africa (W2, L2) while it will be Nigeria's 11th World Cup game against a team from Europe (W5, D1, L4).
TREADING THE TIGHTROPE:
France's Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra are a booking away from missing a potential quarter-final, while Juwon Oshaniwa, Kenneth Omeruo and John Obi Mikel are in a similar position for Nigeria.
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#FRA LINE-UP: Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema, Matuidi, Pogba, Koscielny #FRANGA #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 30/06/2014 15:16
#NGA LINE-UP: Enyeama, Yobo (c), Ambrose, Musa, Odemwingie, Emenike, Mikel, Moses, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Omeruo #FRANGA #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 30/06/2014 15:16
DID YOU KNOW?
Joseph Yobo becomes the Nigerian with most appearances in the World Cup (ten), overtaking Jay Jay Okocha's nine appearances.
BONJOUR / GOOD AFTERNOON:
Hello and welcome to the first Round of 16 game of the day from Brasilia, as France take on Nigeria. We're LIVE from Brazil as the Estadio Nacional hosts the first leg of a European-African double header today. France topped their group with emphatic victories over Honduras and Switzerland and a goalless draw against Ecuador. Nigeria's sole win against Bosnia and Herzegovina and their own goalless draw with Iran was enough to see them through behind Group F winners Argentina. Don't forget to #joinin and be a part of the global conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, all a part of our World Cup social hub.
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia