Don't miss




Ireland: The forgotten Angels of Tuam

Read more


S.Africa's former President Zuma to face corruption charges

Read more


'60 Minutes' to air interview with porn actress aledging affair with Trump

Read more


In Africa, French is more than a common language

Read more


Poisoned Relations: UK sanctions Russia over nerve agent attack

Read more


Behind the scenes at France's majestic Chantilly castle

Read more

#THE 51%

#MeToo in South Korea

Read more


Russia's opposition weakened as Putin looks set for fourth term

Read more


Fantasy novelist Robin Hobb among guests at France's biggest book fair

Read more


‘No limits’ for Les Bleus after France beat Nigeria


Text by Sylvain MORNET

Latest update : 2014-07-01

France go through to face Germany on Friday in the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Nigeria 2-0 on Monday. They are happy they came this far, and confident of going much further.

Monday’s game against the African champions was a tough battle.

But it got them where they wanted to be – namely the French Football Federation’s target of reaching the quarter-finals.

French striker Paul Pogba, who scored France’s winning goal (following a Nigerian own-goal) told reporters after the match, “We are all very happy with our performance today.

“I hope we continue like that. I’m enormously proud and happy with everything the team has done since the beginning of the World Cup.”

Fellow striker Mathieu Valbuena said Tuesday’s win represented a turnaround for the French side since a humiliating dfeat in Ukraine in November (where France lost 0-2).

“Playing here was fabulous, and [going through the the quarters]has lifted our spirits,” he said. “It isn’t over, though. We all want to go much further.”

His feelings were echoed by teammate Olivier Giroud, who told FRANCE 24, “France is now officially one of the eight best sides in the World. We are hugely proud. We’ve worked at this for months and we’ve been rewarded for it.”

“But the adventure hasn’t finished yet,” the Arsenal striker added. “We know we’ve achieved something big, but we’re not setting any limits. We can make history here.”

Friday will be France’s seventh quarter-final, a World Cup stage the side has consistently won (the last five times, in 1958, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006).

They will face Germany, their biggest challenge of the World Cup so far (bookmakers give the Germans slightly better odds), at the Maracana stadium in Rio.

“Everyone, the fans, all the French, can be proud we got this far,” said Valbuena. “We have to savour this qualification, while I hope we will be able to further France’s World Cup dream.”

Date created : 2014-07-01

  • WORLD CUP 2014

    France beat Nigeria 2-0 for a place in World Cup quarter-finals

    Read more

  • World Cup 2014

    Germany score twice in extra time to eliminate Algeria 2-1

    Read more

  • WORLD CUP 2014

    French city of Nice bans foreign flags before Algeria match

    Read more