*France 2 Nigeria 0*
France defeated the tough Nigerian side in a tense game that saw no goals scored until well into the second half.
At minute 79, French midfielder Paul Pogba scored a goal to put France up by one. His teammate, Joseph Yobo, scored the game’s second goal during injury time, crushing Nigeria’s hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals.
Nigeria, a solid challenger in this tournament, will have to go home. France will next play Germany, who defeated Algeria in the second game of the day, on July 4.
*Germany 2 Algeria 1*
Another win for Germany, who have consistently shown their skill and strength in this World Cup tournament, and a sad goodbye for an Algerian team that has consistently risen to the challenges they’ve faced in Brazil.
The game went for 90 minutes with no goals being scored– it wasn’t until minute 92, that German player Andre Schurrle gave his team the advantage with a goal. A second German goal was scored by Mesut Ozil in minute 120, sealing the Algerians’ fate. However, Abdelmoumene Djabou of Algeria scored a consolation goal at 120 + 1, keeping his team from losing in a shutout at their last game of the tournament.
The New York Times quotes Algerian right back Aissa Mandi as saying “We played the match we wanted to play, no regrets. We leave with our heads high. We would have loved to keep going, but we gave all we had. We all came off the field, and we were cramping. We did everything, but unfortunately the quality of the German team finally made the difference.”
As mentioned above, Germany will face off against France on July 4. France and Germany are on to the quarterfinals, while Nigerian and Algerian fans are licking their wounds tonight.