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Impressive France will look to extend their stay in Brazil when they take on Nigeria in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Didier Deschamp’s side eased their way out of Group E, scoring 8 goals and conceding 2 on their way to wins over Honduras and Switzerland before they closed out the group with a 0-0 draw with Ecuador.
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The French rested another of players for the clash with the Ecuadorians with Mathieu Debuchy, Patrice Evra, Raphael Varane, Mathieu Valbuena and Oliver Giroud all set to return.
So too will Yohan Cabaye following suspension however Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho and Laurent Koscielny are struggling with hamstring and Achilles tendon injuries meaning that Eliaquim Mangala could start.
Nigeria meanwhile will be looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. The Super Eagles drew 0-0 with Iran in their opening game before beating Bosnia-Herzergovina 1-0. In their final game they ran Argentina close before being ultimately undone by the talents of Lionel Messi losing 3-2.
The African side will be without Michael Babatunde after he suffered a broken arm after being hit by a teammate’s shot, his place is likely to be taken by Victor Moses.
This will be only the second meeting between the two sides and the first time they have played each other competitively. The first meeting, in June 2009, resulted in a 1-0 win for Nigeria with Joseph Akpala scoring the winning goal in the 32nd minute and former Arsenal star Kanu is tipping his country to secure another even more famous win.
“I know that we can beat France,” he told dailynewswatch.com “If we play the way the Eagles did against Argentina – lay back, defend and attack on the break – we will beat them.
“We know France to be a fast-paced attacking team. They like to come at you en masse. But with our players improving as the competition progresses, we can beat any team now.
“Even the French team will be wary of our players too because we have equally fast-pace players like (Emmanuel) Emenike, (Ahmed) Musa, (Victor) Moses.
“We will be ready for the battle and I know that at the end of the day, Nigeria will triumph.”