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Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema is France's top scorer at the World Cup with three goals. Getty Images

France take on Nigeria in the round-of-16 tie of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasilia, on Monday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC Red Button. Radio commentary of the game will be on BBC Radio 5 Live.


France had already sealed their place in the knockout stages after winning their first two matches against Honduras and Switzerland, 3-0 and 5-2, respectively.

Les Bleus were held to a goalless draw by Ecuador in the final fixture sealing their progression as winners of Group E with seven points. With eight goals they were the third highest scoring side in the first round among the 32 teams.

France have managed to put behind their woes from South Africa 2010 and look highly refreshed under their World Cup winning manager Didier Deschamps. The 45-year-old former midfielder, who captained his country to glory on home soil in 1998 will be keen on repeating the feat as a coach.

Meanwhile, Nigeria finished as runners-up in Group F with four points after losing their final fixture 2-3 against Argentina. Ahmed Musa's equalisers for the reigning African champions were sandwiched between two first-half goals from Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo's winner in the 50<sup>th minute.

They were toothless against Iran and were held to a goalless draw before controversially beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 in their second fixture.

Stephen Keshi's side scraped through to the next stage for the first time since 1998 despite the defeat as Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Iran 3-1, to deny the Asian outfit a place in the pre-quarterfinals.

France will be wary of the threat Nigeria can pose courtesy of their potent attackers in Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and skipper Emmanuel Emenike. The Super Eagles have made it to the knockout stage for the first time in their history and will be hoping to maintain the run by pulling off a surprise in Brasilia.

Whichever nation emerges triumphant from this last-16 clash faces a strenuous challenge of making it to the semi-finals as the winner between Germany and Algeria await them in the quarterfinal on Friday.

What Managers Say

Didier Deschamps (France): "First of all I want to appreciate the fact that we are in the last 16. I'm overjoyed, thrilled and very satisfied. There's a whole new competition starting now for us. We're going to savour the moment and then focus on Nigeria. Nigeria are a strong, fast team who have great qualities. As a team they are solid at the back and have a very good goalkeeper. It is going to be a really difficult match and we will have to fight."

Stephen Keshi (Nigeria): "I said before the tournament that our mentality must be strong. Our approach to every match has always been the same: to win. Whether we are playing against Spain at the Fifa Confederations Cup or playing against Liberia in a friendly match, I always tell the boys that victory is non-negotiable. We don't even want to think of who might be lurking in the quarter finals if we win; we are not bothered. All we know is that we must win on Monday."

Prediction: France 3-1 Nigeria

Betting Odds (Bwin)

  • France: 1/2
  • Draw: 13/4
  • Nigeria: 11/2

Team Form

Ahmed Musa-Stephen Keshi
Coach Stephen Keshi will be rooting for Ahmed Musa to power Nigeria into the last eight at the expense of France. Getty Images


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W W W D
  • Last Result: Ecuador 0-0 France


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W D L D
  • Last Result: Nigeria 2-3 Argentina

Team News


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), Laurent Koscielny (Achilles)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Mangala, Evra; Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi; Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema


  • Injured: Michael Babatunde (arm)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Enyeama; Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Yobo, Omeruo; Musa, Mikel, Onazi, Uchebo; Odemwingie, Emenike