Chelsea FC’s Nigerian internationals John Obi Mikel, Kenneth Omeruo, and Victor Moses fell to France in today’s World Cup round of 16 match after conceding two late goals. Goalkeeper Victor Enyeama held the French attack at bay for most of the match but it was his individual mistake that handed France the breakthrough they worked so hard for. Nigeria also did their part in the attacking third and even scored a goal that was correctly ruled out for offside.
John Obi Mikel and Kenneth Omeruo did well the entire match with Omeruo looking imperious in the center of defense for much of the game. Mikel even had the internet abuzz with a cheeky little nutmeg of supposed Chelsea target and Juventus star Paul Pogba. However it was Victor Moses that would have stolen the headlines had Nigeria been able to move on.
In the 69th minute after a bit of lovely play by the French, Karim Benzema found himself alone with Victor Enyeama. Benzema opted for power and it somehow squirmed its way past the keeper and was bouncing towards the goal before Victor Moses appeared and hoofed the ball off the line to keep it scoreless. It was Victor Moses’s best moment of the game but unfortunately for the midfielder they were few and far in between. His passing accuracy was poor and he seemed content to try and fail to win free kicks in the French half.
Nigeria looked poised to at least earn extra time as the match was winding down but in the 79th minutes Enyeama flapped at a corner and Paul Pogba headed in to an empty net to give France the lead. Just minutes later a Joseph Yobo own goal on a low driven cross sealed the match for France and sealed Nigeria’s exit out of the World Cup. Reaching the round of 16 was an achievement in itself for Nigeria but they will be disappointed to lose in the manner that they did.
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