France will be playing against Nigeria in the 53rd match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup that is underway in Brazil. The match will be played on 30th June at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, a stadium that is located in Brasilia City, Brazil.
GMT -3 is the official Brazilian time that the match of France vs Nigeria will commence. France secured a total of 7 points from the 3 matches of the group stage, it won 2 and one ended up in a draw. France therefore topped the group E.
On the other side, the African team managed narrowly into the round of 16 stage by a 1 match win and drew one. It finished the group matches in the second place. The match will be very competitive as each of the two teams is eying to make it into the next level of the ongoing tournament.
France vs Nigeria: 2nd Round Match Preview
France had quite an impressive performance in the group matches it played. It is among the favorite teams that have made it past the group stages as most of the big names from Europe did not manage to qualify for the knockout stages.
England, Italy, Croatia and Spain are the teams that failed to qualify for the knockouts. France seem to have learned from their mistakes 4 years ago when they failed to qualify for round of 16 in South Africa.
In its 1st two matches of the ongoing tournament, France have been able to net 8 times and the third match ended up in a barren draw. France could have even performed better especially in their final match of the group against Ecuador.
They indeed had many opportunities to score but did not use them to the maximum. The team will therefore use this opportunity to make up the mistakes it did in the previous matches. This being a do or die match as far as the tournament is concerned will have the French team putting in place the necessary measure for victory.
The African team, Nigeria only managed to secure victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina. It got its 1 point when the match against Iran ended up in a barren draw. Argentina proved to be stronger than Nigeria as the game ended up in a 3-2 win.
Nigeria who have been in the same group with the South American team however played a very impressive kind of football having an opportunity to even score twice. The team qualified for the next round with a total of 4 points.
In general, Nigeria as a team has the potential of making it past this stage if only they will stay organized throughout the match. They have a good number of players who can be useful to the team especially in this match.
France In 2014 World Cup:- France started their world cup journey playing against Honduras and successfully won the match by scoring 3-0 goals. Then they have beaten Switzerland by 5-2 goals, and in their last match against Ecuador, France didn’t able to win, but finished the match with a draw. France become the Group E champion with 7 points.
Nigeria In 2014 World Cup:- Nigeria’s world cup journey was not so good. They have drawn their first match against Iran at 0-0. Then, Nigeria won a match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and finally in their last game, they lost the match against Argentina with 2-3 score. Nigerian become the Group F runner-up with only 4 points.
France vs Nigeria: Players To Watch In The Match
France will heavily rely on the skills and efforts of Moussa Sissoko and Karim Benzema. The two players have helped France get this far as they are dependable.
They also have the ability of working with other players to make this match a success. To win this match, the duo superstars have to do their best and be a motivation to other players.
Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama on the other hand are the Nigeria’s key players of this match. The two players have been a helping tool in the previous matches the team has been playing.
They will have to work combination with other team players to make sure that they avoid elimination at this knockout stage.
France vs Nigeria: Head To Head Encounters
From the history of football, the two teams, Nigeria and France have ever faced each other only once. In that match, the African team scored one goal that gave them victory against the French men.
France did not manage to score any goal in this match. The upcoming match will therefore be the second time the two teams are playing against each other.
France vs Nigeria: Possible Players and Formation
France played with 4-3-3 formation against Honduras and Ecuador. They have made a change in their formation against Switzerland, played with 4-5-1 formation. So, we can hope France to play with 4-3-3 formation against Nigeria on 30th June 2014.
Nigeria have played their 3 matches with 3 types of formation. Nigeria have played with formation 4-3-3 against Iran, 4-5-1 against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 4-4-2 against the mighty Argentina. There is a HIGH chance for Nigeria to play with 4-4-2 formation against France.
Possible Lineups of France:- H. Lloris, B. Sagna, Koscielny, M. Sakho, L. Digne, P. Pogba, M. Schneiderlin, B. Matuidi, Griezmann, K. Benzema, and M. Sissoko.
Possible Lineups of Nigeria:- V. Enyeama, E. Ambrose, J. Yobo, J. Oshaniw, K. Omeruo, A. Musa, O. Onazi, Obi-Mikel, Babatunde, Odemwingie, and E. Emenike.
France vs Nigeria: Match Prediction, Links, and TV Channels
The match is too competitive. Nigeria will try to be even stronger though they will not be able to defeat the giant from Europe. France are determined to finish this tournament on a very high note hence will not take match lightly. The match will hence end in a 3-1 win in favor of France.
Top 10 TV channels that will broadcast the live match of France vs Nigeria are ESPN, Univision Deportes En Vivo, BBC One UK, CCN TV6, TVS 99, SLGO, Futbol 2, TVP Sport Live Streaming, Sky Cable PPV, and PTV Sports.
Match Result:- France 2-0 Nigeria. Goal Scorers:- Paul Pogba at 79′ and Joseph Yobo at 90+2′. France have advanced to the Quarter Final and will play against Germany on 4th July 2014.
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