France fly Super Eagles back to Lagos after 2-0 defeat

The French started as firm favourites and it was they who created the game’s first noteworthy opportunity, when Giroud twisted into space only to slice his left-foot shot wide from 20 yards. However, it was Nigeria who looked the sharper and more purposeful side for much of the first half, and it wasn’t long before […]

Super Eagles seek to fly high

 “It doesn’t surprise me that France have a very good team, with players who play for big clubs,” he told his pre-game media conference. “They’ve started well and they’re playing well. Didier knows what he wants. He’s a fighter, and he’s always had that in him. He’s a great professional and he’s remained so by […]

Deschamps demands Nigeria focus

France thrilled in their first two group games, beating Honduras 3-0 and crushing Switzerland 5-2, and although a much-changed side then drew 0-0 with Ecuador, they find themselves being discussed as potential champions. However, Deschamps has told his squad not to start looking beyond Monday’s tie at Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha National Stadium and he batted […]

Depay seizes the day

Sunday’s two matches featured only three candidates for the Hyundai Young Player Award, with the Netherlands’ Terence Kongolo and Memphis Depay starting their tie with Mexico on the bench and looking on helplessly as El Tri took the lead in Fortaleza. With time against the Dutch, Louis Van Gaal sent Depay on in a bid […]

first and a historic triumph for Costa Rica

After hosts Brazil squeezed into the quarter-finals following a penalty shoot-out in the opening match of the knockout stages, the games on day two were equally dramatic and likewise only decided late on. The Netherlands v Mexico opener was extended due to the introduction of unprecedented cooling breaks, and only went the way of the […]