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2014 World Cup: Nigeria fail again at World Cup round 16

Nigeria's John Mikel Obi

Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi

Nigeria again failed to go past the round of 16 at the World Cup for the third time when they fell 2-0 to France on Monday in Brasilia.

The Super Eagles also crashed out of the tournament at this stage in 1994 and 1998.

France will now face the winners of the match between Germany and Algeria in the quarterfinal.

It was a tight yet open contest and it needed a mistake by goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and a Paul Pogba header in the 80th minute off a corner by Mathieu Valbuena for 1998 champions to break the stalemate.

Antoine Greizmann then sneaked in between Enyeama and skipper Joseph Yobo in stoppage time to poke the ball home off the Nigeria skipper, who was credited with an own goal.

Greizmann had threatened earlier after Pogba’s opener, but Enyeama will deny the substitute with another instinctive save in the 84th minute.

The African champions looked to continue their dominance from the first half after the interval, but as the clock ticked away, France began to pile on the pressure.

After Osaze’s low, bouncing shot was beaten out by the diving France goalkeeper in the 64th minute, minute, Juwon Oshaniwa had to acrobatically clear the danger minutes later after Enyeama struggled to keep out a cross from the left delivered by Valbuena

Two minutes later, Victor Moses cleared from the goal line Benzema’s goal-bound effort off the body of Enyeama.

In the 77th minute, France were unlucky when Yohan Cabaye’s cracking shot crashed against the Nigeria post.

Enyeama then foiled Benzema, whose header looked destined for the back of the Nigeria net.

Nigeria enjoyed more possession and also the better chances in the first half with striker Emmanuel Emenike getting his effort off a cross by Ahmed Musa after 18 minutes disallowed for offside.

The big Fenerbache front man also tested the reflexes of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris a minute before the interval when he fired at goal and forced the Tottenham Hotspur shot stopper to barely keep away from his net.

The best chance for Les Bleus fell to Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, whose half volley from inside the box produced a big save from the impressive Enyeama.

France fullback Mathieu Debuchy also threatened the Super Eagles goal on 39 minutes, but his shot from inside the box missed its target.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Chinedu says:

    Oh Superchickens, u keep dissapointing.when are we,ever gonna make it to the quarterfinals?

  2. selfmade says:

    We ll woke up one day to hear the news that GHANA HAS BEEN SOLD! With these criminals running the affairs of this country, we living in dangerous times!

  3. BANGER says:

    SELFMADE I AGREE WITH U.I THINK RAWLINS SHOULD RUN AGAIN SO HE CAN KICKED ALL THIS CLOWNS OUT.ITS SOO SAD HOW OUR ELDERS ARE CHOPIN THE MONEY LIKE NOTHIN.I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISE IF THEY SELL IT TO THE CHINESE

    • Navy seal USA says:

      Banger who is criminal than Rawlings.Do you how much Mahama gives him weekly?
      How much of the countries asset did Rawlings not sell in the name of divestiture for his selfish gain.Come again my bro,the Devil will be a saint not Rawlings .Blood sucking vampire .
      The only way to effect change in any society is for the masses to rise up and make their leaders accountable.

    • askan says:

      Rawlings is also a thief just like the rest.

    • soccer brain says:

      i disagree with you navy seal usa are u sure you do not have a personal beef with rawlings , do not forget he came to power on the call of ghana when we were in a state like this go check history and can you proof rawlings personal asset ? do you know how much countries cry out for our rawlings ? seperate your personal hate for the man or else you end up like the gfa

      • soccer brain says:

        it is only the old system form 5 upper lower and upper six folks know rawlings well the rest talk from what they were told so i am not amazed when some youth today condemn rawlings but if you experience the hunger time in ghana then rawlings came in you will celebrate this selfless charismatic wise ruler a gift given to ghanma by God . oh how we need rawlings back , ET Mensah will tell you is not easy to steal in his time you will receive a hot slap when you are found out even if you are a friend

  4. Navy seal USA says:

    Glory to God to see 419,boko haramites out.praise God,hallelujah

  5. phlin says:

    Super chikens will never n ever reach where Ghana have reached in the world cup. Chikens of Africa boko haram

  6. soccer brain says:

    yes selfmade you areb right , banger ghana need rawlings came back . a

    and where are the 419s their super green chickens have chicken out hahaha , they could not box their way through france because france is an african team in europe hence they became tired run out of luck and france had a meal of them , specialist in chicken , they made the super green chicken soup foe dinner hahahaha

  7. soccer brain says:

    latest news super green chickens refuse to go home for fear of boko haram end up in the chicken soup of france , vicent enyema etc

  8. tones says:

    So won’t the chickens come out from their bush fools, nigerians fools n wicked people killing themselves, God punish every Nigerian who came here to spit rubbish, boko haram kill the Chikens, Mikel obi back pass Vincent enyeama basket, Joseph yobo old man, Mikel obi slow like snail

  9. ty says:

    Basically u are worse than retards on this forum.u guys hardly make any sense most comments are fueled by ur stupid hatred which in the long run makes u all the more pathetic

  10. Nana(RSA) says:

    Sorry my Nigerian brothers, but you gave good account of yourself. Once again Stephen Keshi has proved to me that he is a much better Coach than Akwasi Appiah who has no football brain to Coach our black Star.

    Akwasi Appiah and Kwasi Nyantakyi took Ghana by ransom by protecting their bloated egos at the detriment of mother Ghana.

    Everyone watching the Game between Germany Vs Algeria, can testify that our team did not really do much. It is high time we stop celebrating mediocrity and fire Akwasi Appiah and Nyantakyi

  11. Coach says:

    Guys, we are forming a sports pressure group to keep sports authorities in check and on their toes. We can not allow Brazil disaster to happen again. Interested persons should contact 0244525861 .Let’s tell the enough is enough,we cannot accept incompetence and mediocrity..

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  12. Coach says:

    I think Nigeria and Algeria did well, Algeria impressed me most

  13. Maxwell Johnson says:

    9ja really disappointed me big time!! I was rooting for them to win this game to salvage Africa’s image in the mundial they should have finish the job especially in the 1st half after enjoying lotta possession and also having lotta set-pieces. Its a shame they couldn’t take their chances African football is in total disarray really sad.

  14. Dasaintshy says:

    I wish some mob will shine these gfa thieves for me, too bad am 8000miles away, I would have organize their shinning my self. Ali baba nyantakyi and his 72 thieves, God has seen you…

  15. CATERPILLAR says:

    watch out for nigeria and algeria in AFCON 2015

  16. selfmade says:

    I still insist that Ghana and Portugal was a FIXED MATCH! Ghana ll be disgrace big time after FIFA has finish with their investigation!

    Ghana sold their match against the united states and the shocking news ll come after the wc! I have seen the video myself! It ll be mind blowing and a lot of gfa officials ll end up in jail!

    Against portugal, certain players are also seen on the video and they ll certainly received life ban from FIFA!

    Wait and see what ll happen! I know what am saying!

  17. BANGER says:

    CMON GUYS LET US STOP DISSSIN EACH OTHER.WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTIN 9JA. SO FAR ITS BEEN PEACEFUL SO LET US KEEP IT THAT WAY.NAVY SEAL 4 YOUR INFORMATION RAWLINS DID A LOT FOR GH.IN THE 80s IF U KILL SOMEONE THEY KILL U 2 SO U THINK TWICE BEFORE COMITTIN A CRIME. THERE WAS JUSTICE
    IN GH.NOW DAYS EVERYONE DOES WAT THEY WANTS AND GETS AWAY WITH IT.TOO MUCH CURUPTIONS,

  18. a a says:

    If the Ghanaian players are not treated properly, they should boycott the cup of . nations too. They should continue doing it until these GFAs changechange their big man chops all attitude

  19. AkosuaGhana says:

    Nigeria aand Algeria both played excellently. Africa will just have to invest more in the game to ensure that teams progress further in the future. Getting rid of corrupt FA officials would be a great start.

  20. SHANGO says:

    Akosua please try and convince banger to meet me at bukom square for a hot fight.Thanks.

  21. Chukwe says:

    Testing testing!!

  22. Kwaku says:

    Useless super chickens….big body, chicken brains. How can the hope of Africa be carried by these chickens. Abeg waka dey go. Naija will always be under the feet of Ghana where u truly belong. U want to go to semi finals abi? With which players? Emenike and mikel obi hahaha comedians. How many goals did ur star striker emenike score? Come for asamoah gyan and dede and kwadwo asamoah, players with sense nd drop those things u call players. U ll never make it to even the quarter finals in ur lifetime so forget it. African champions by mistake lol….bring back our chickens oooooo,

  23. risky says:

    Where is that idiot called noni9ja??? He always had special interest in the black stars. Noni9ja come out of yours stinking hole or u now don’t support the over rated super chickens?

  24. super chikens of Nigeria says:

    Nigerians fools your plan is to move to 8 your plans have failed, criminals over your dead bodies you will make it, criminals of Africa boko Haram, arm robbers, nigerians are chikens and they are chikens in Africa

  25. BANGER says:

    SHANGAY LOOK HERE LIKE I TOLD U BEFORE I DNT HAV TIME TO MEET U AT OPERA SQUARE. THE TWO CEDIS U HAV
    U WANT TO TAKE TROR TROR TO MEET ME. I BEG PLS USE THAT MONEY TO BUY SOME KENKEY AND FEED YOURSELF. I BET U ONE UGLY MOTHERFUCKER WHO DOES KAYA KAYA. BESIDE I WILL NOT WANNA GET MY HANDS DIRTY. IF U NEW THE PERSON U TALKIN TO U WILL THINK TWICE.PUSSY LIKE U SEATS BEHIND THAT SMELLY CAFE AND RUN YOUR MOUTHS. 2 BAD AM IN THE STATES NOW IF I WAS NOT I SWARE ON MY KIDS I WOULD HAV MET U THERE SO WE WILL SEE IF U CAN LAST MOORE THAN 5 SECONDS. Aboa

  26. Samedge says:

    Banger, what at all does Shango needs from u? Hahahaha