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2014 FIFA World Cup™

France-Nigeria: Quotes

Head coach Didier Deschamps of France gestures
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Didier Deschamps, France coach
Nigeria played a very physical game and had a real presence across the pitch. It was a challenge to go up against that, but we managed it. For an hour, the teams were pretty even, but then we were able to get the upper hand in the last half an hour. The Nigerians were tired, and they started leaving gaps in their defence. We were dynamic and quick when it mattered, while Nigeria were slowing down. This deserved win will make us even stronger for the rest of the competition. I'm very proud to have reached the quarter-finals.

Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach
Every defeat is painful, especially when the players follow their instructions and play well, as they did against France. We didn't deserve to lose, but that's football and we have to accept it. We have to keep going forward and move on to something else now. There's no point looking for guilty parties. The team plays, wins or loses together. I'd like to thank the Brazilian public for their support during all of our games. I couldn't have hoped for more from them.

Paul Pogba, France midfielder and Budweiser Man of the MatchWe showed a lot of togetherness in how we played, and were solid in the tackles. I'd like to be able to share this prize with the whole squad. We're not afraid of anyone we could come up against because we represent France. We'll play to win by giving everything against whoever we face.   

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