With 2 African teams playing tonight it is time for Africa to Unite.
Nigeria aiming to become just the 4th African side to make the quarter-finals of a WorldCup after Cameroon 1990, Senegal 2002 & Ghana 2010.
The stats were in favour of Nigeria too with France having lost 2 of their last 3 WorldCup matches against African nations (2002 v Senegal & 2010 v South Africa). They beat Togo in 2006.
With the score at 0-0 at the break and Nigeria looking good playing with a physicality we have come to know from them, but this was a revived French side hungry to make an impact in this years tournament.
Bezema came close in the 69th minute with his shot cleared off the line from Victor Moses, at this point the French were piling on the pressure, Cabaye hitting the crossbar in the 77th minute from range.
It took 79 minutes for the French to break the deadlock and Nigerian hearts from a corner and a neatly placed header from Paul Pogba
The goalkeeper Enyeama kept France from getting more, we have seen some fantastic saves at this years tournament.
To add salt to the Nigerian wounds an own goal from Yobo taking the final score to 2-0 in the 92 minute.
All hope is not lost though as we look to Algeria who are looking for revenge against Germany.
The sides meet at Porto Alegre’s
Beira-Rio Stadium, but the 1982
World Cup in Spain remains a sore point in Algeria, three decades after ‘the shame of Gijon’. Despite beating West Germany 2-1 in their group games, Algeria were
eliminated after the Germans played out a mutually beneficial 1-0 win over Austria in Gijon.
With this as a setting for the game and the Germans looking like the machine they are known for it should be an exciting game.
Algeria looking menacing in the first half with the through balls penetrating the German defence, Neuer playing as a sweeper on numerous occasions.
The Algerians can be proud of there performance today but football is a cruel game at times as the no.1 ranked African side could not reach the quarter finals, the game went into extra time before we saw goals with Ozil scoring the winning goal in the 120th minute.
It was substitute Andre Schürrle who broke the deadlock in the 92 minute scoring the first goal for Germany. Algeria got a consolidation goal through substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou as he pulled
one back in injury time for
So revenge was not sweet for the Algerians against the German Machine but they can hold there head up high with an aggressive display of football, one again a goalkeeper, Rais Mbolhi was man of the match on the day.
The second quarter finals is set it will be two former World Champs Germany vs France a mouthwatering clash indeed.