News

France beats Nigeria 2-0 to reach World Cup QF

France beats Nigeria 2-0 to reach World Cup QF

2014 FIFA World Cup -France team photo. Photo: WENN/Credit: ATP/WENN.com

JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria’s stubborn resistance and Joseph Yobo scored an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday.

Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama had just made a superb save to tip over Karim Benzema’s header, but he flapped at the ball from the ensuing corner and Pogba pounced in the 79th minute to nod in his first goal of the tournament.

Yobo turned the ball into his own net in stoppage time under pressure from France substitute Antoine Griezmann.

France started slowly and finished strongly in the second round match.

African champion Nigeria had a goal ruled out for offside in the 19th minute after Emmanuel Emenike poked home Ahmed Musa’s cross.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Jimmy Fallon set for Super Bowl Sunday show in Phoenix

Fresh
File Photo: Jimmy Fallon at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party held at Kensington Gardens - Arrivals. June, 2013.  Credit: WENN.com

The host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" is set to wage a lip sync contest with actors Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart during a special post-game episode at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix.

in Entertainment, Local Sports

Lenny Kravitz will be rooting for Seahawks on Sunday

Lenny Kravitz en concert. SPE. Panoramic

Pitbull is picking the New England Patriots, while Lenny Kravitz likes the Seahawks

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

janetjustin

A look back at some of the biggest headlines to ever come out of Hollywood.

in Entertainment

It’s a dog-eat-dog world at the 2015 Puppy Bowl

17-overlay3

It's Ruff versus Tuff in the 11th annual football game of puppy power!

in Entertainment

Nickelodeon latest to offer streaming service

nickelodeon

Good news for "SpongeBob SquarePants" fans.