Posted by News Express | 30 June 2014 | 3,121 times
Africa’s two remaining teams return to the fray this evening in a pair of Round of 16 showdowns against European powers at the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
History favours Nigeria as they take on France from5pm Nigerian time at the Estadio Nacional, Brasilia. The only match between the two teams ended in a 1-0 triumph for the Super Eagles in June 2009. Despite that, Les Bleus have emerged as a genuine force at this FIFA World Cup, scoring eight goals in their first two games ahead of a goalless draw with Ecuador.
That contrasted with Nigeria’s more delicate progress through a very open Group F, the African champions opening with a goalless stalemate against Iran before downing Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 and losing 3-2 to Argentina in their most accomplished performance.
Coach Stephen Keshi has declared that losing is not an option in the tie and is looking up to power-playing Emmanuel Emenike, new scoring hero Ahmed Musa and Osaze Odemwingie to deliver the goods.
For Algeria, through to the knockout phase for the first time in their history, that means a daunting tie tonight at the Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, against three-time winners Germany, who have looked in excellent form so far at Brazil 2014. Les Fennecs (Desert Foxes) fear no one, though, and particularly not their upcoming opponents, having edged both of their previous meetings: a 2-0 friendly win in 1964 and a 2-1 success during the group stage at Spain 1982.
•Photo shows Super Eagles striker Ahmed Musa who netted a brace against Argentina.
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