France reached the quarter-final of the World Cup 2014 after a 2-0 win over Nigeria, which was certainly not easy. France came into the competition after having done very poorly in the last two major tournaments. However, the tactical management of Didier Deschamps coupled with the iron fist regard to indiscipline has paid off dividends for the Europeans. They have reached the quarter-finals of the competition by scoring lots of goals along the way. France had to dig deep in to get this victory, as Nigeria proved more than resilient.
It took late second-half goals in order to get this victory. For long periods of the second half, it looked like Nigeria would get a stunning victory because they had several chances to score. However, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris stood between them and the goal with a brilliant performance. Deschamps made a few tactical changes in substitutions around the 75 minute mark that proved to be the decisive aspect in the match. Pogba, who is one of the favourites to win the young player of the tournament award, finally found a way past Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.
After the match, Deschamps stated that he is extremely happy with the victory. He is aware that Germany will be providing a huge test. This current German team has a lot of top level experience.
“I am very proud of everything we did from the start. There was tension out there. They are a very strong side and there were a lot of duels. But we’re through. We’re in the quarter finals and we’ll do everything we can to go a stage further,” said the French national team boss. “There are no words to describe this. I know there is a whole country behind us. Scoring that goal really liberated us. I am so happy for the team and all France. I’m speechless,” said Pogba.