France vs. Nigeria: Will Les Bleus Be The Next European Team To Be Shocked?


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.

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