Both teams will be looking to do one for the continent. With Greece’s elimination yesterday, just five European teams remain. Only Nigeria and Algeria remain from the African contingent.
France: This is a young French team and, unlike the 2010 outfit, a harmonious one. When you look as chic as they have what reason is there to quibble? France did enough against a 10-man Honduras, then firebombed Switzerland. They did not inspire against Ecuador, though all but through, it was mostly a run out for their ancillary squad members. Even when unimpressive, this team shuts things down at the back.
Nigeria: Nigeria looked languid against Iran, were fortunate to beat Bosnia and impressed most in a 3-2 loss to Argentina. If Messi is in this sort of form, there’s not much one can do. Unheralded 21-year-old Michel Babatunde was in great form before going down with a broken arm. Super Eagles fans will be hoping coach Stephen Keshi has another rabbit to pull out.
Prediction: The French are clear favorites. Having picked them for the final, we’ll stay on board. Though, it’s not inconceivable the Nigerians could come out firing and rattle a France side with almost no knockout experience. Easy-seeming fixtures in this World Cup have ended up being anything but.