FRANCE 2-0 NIGERIA
The reigning African champions were knocked out of the World Cup last night but not before giving the 1998 World Champions a run for their money.
The Super Eagles dominated the game and in the early minutes of the match, Emmanuel Emenike had his goal controversially ruled out for offside by the assistant referee. The Nigerians kept the ball well and were always attacking the Les Blues, who looked rattled only depending on counter attacks to move forward.
Enyeama was superb at the Nigerian goal making multiple saves, but 11 minutes to the end of the match he made an error, punching the ball to find Paul Pogba and the Juventus midfielder who was unmarked headed it home to give France a lead.
Joseph Yobo own goal on injury time, cemented the victory for the French team taking them to the quarter-finals.
GERMANY 2-1 ALGERIA
The three time World champions survived a scare of being eliminated by the underdogs Algeria, in a game that the neutrals believe the North Africans deserved to go through. No team was able to break the deadlock after 90minutes of regular play that was entertaining to watch. It had to take a substitute player, Schurrle to find the back of the net only 2 minutes into the first half of extra time.
Mesut Ozil, the Arsenal attacking midfielder scored the winning goal at the 119th minute. Djabou scored for Algeria a minute later as a consolation goal. The Desert Foxes were excellent both in defending and attacking and definitely made Africa proud regardless.
GERMANS PERFORMANCE CRITICIZED
The German national team has been heavily criticized by a section of their fans and the media. For a team that is ranked second in the world, they lacked fluency of the giants they are. However, German’s defender Per Matersacker was quick to defend his team’s performance asking what’s the need to play beautiful football and lose?
“I don’t know what you want from us, do you think that just Mickey Mouse teams are involved in the last 16?” he posed, adding that all that matters is they are in the quarterfinals.
QUARTER FINAL FIXTURE
7pm – ARGENTINA VS SWITZERLAND
The two teams have met only once in the 1966 World Cup at the group stages, where Argentina won 2-0. It will be a battle between the 5th and the 6th best team, Argentina and Switzerland respectively.
The Swiss have appeared in the world cup 10 times and the furthest they have reached in the competition is the quarterfinals in 1934, 1938 and 1954. They will be looking forward to better their record today.
On the other hand, Argentina is two times World Champions and this season they have some of the best attacking players in the world; led by their skipper Messi, Di Maria, Aguero among others.
The team will be looking for its 3rd World Cup title but tonight they have to beat Switzerland first.
11PM – BELGIUM VS USA
In 1930, the two teams met in their first World Cup in the group stages and the Americans won 3-0. Belgium will play without their midfielder, Steven Defour, who is suspended for the match after receiving a red card in their game against Korea. Belgium is ranked 11th and USA 13th.
Kenyans will definitely be glued in this match to watch the 2014 World Cup sensation Divock Origi.