Venue – Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília; Date – 30th June 2014; Time – 9:30 pm IST;
Former World champions France taken on a crisis hit Nigerian side in what could be a tough contest for either team. Nigeria is reeling from a political crisis in the country and would not want any off field issues to hamper their preparation.
France on the other hand has finally found its footing once again in the big stage as it finished as the Group E topper netting 8 goals in the process. They are yet to be defeated in the tournament and may well extend their streak tonight. The Super Eagles are a good team no doubt, but France will be too hot to handle.
Where to Watch Live:
Viewers in Brazil can watch the match live HERE, while viewers in Argentina and South America can catch the action HERE. US viewers can access it on ESPN and ABC and click HERE for online. Australians can click HERE to watch the game online, and those in Africa can view the match HERE. In India, TV channels Sony Six and Sony Six HD will show the matches live and for online live streaming of the match, click HERE. In Pakistan PTV Sport is the only channel given right to broadcast all FIFA World Cup matches and click HERE for online live streaming in Pakistan. For Live Score, many channels and online websites are there but visit the official FIFA.COM website.
Key factors in the match
Karim Benzema will be France’s go to man once again and the Real Madrid striker will be more than up for the task. He already has 3 goals and 2 assists under his belt and will be looking to add more to that prestigious tally. Nigeria must look to keep him quiet if they want to see any change in their fortunes.
Nigeria will take much heart from their spirited fight back against Argentina in their final group game. The Super Eagles came twice from behind to equalize only to be denied all 3 points thanks to a stunner from Lionel Messi. France will be vary of this Nigerian flare as the sides lock horns.
France’s 5-2 win over Switzerland featured 5 different scorers. This will indeed be a confidence booster to Deschamp’s side who has more than one star player to step on the gas.
Ahmed Musa’s goals against Argentina show you how good the Nigerians are in counter attack. This is something Stephen Keshi has to use to his advantage and target the attack minded approach of the French.
This will only be the second time that the two sides lock horns. Nigeria beat the Blues the last time out in 2009.
France have won all 3 of their previous second round ties at the World Cup. I.e. 1986, 1998 and 2006
France has attempted more shots on target than any other side in the group stages. Benzema has scored 9 goals in his last 9 games for France.
Predictions: Let us have a look at what the big guns have to say:
Goal.com: 3-1 to France
BBC: 2-1 to France
Bleacher Report: 3-1 to France