Day 20 in the World Cup. 2 matches in the first round of the knockout stages but no penalties to decide any of the matches. 2 European teams through in France and Germany. They’ll now meet on Friday 4th July in the quarter-finals.
Results Monday 30th June 2014
Round of 16
France 2-0 Nigeria
Pogba 79′ Yobo 90′ (og)
Ref: Mark Geiger
Germany 2-1 Algeria
Schürrle 92′ Özil 119′ Djabou 120′
Ref: Sandro Meira Ricci
Fixtures and Referee appointments for Tuesday 1 July.
Argentina v Switzerland. Match 55, kick off at 5pm, live on BBC 1, live at the Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo.
Referee: Jonas ERIKSSON (Sweden)
Assistant Referees: Mathias KLASENIUS (SWE) and Daniel WARNMARK (SWE)
Fourth official: Svein Oddvar MOEN (NOR)
Belgium v USA. Match 56, kick off at 9pm BST, live on BBC 1 at the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Referee: Djamel HAIMOUDI (Algeria)
Assistant Referees: Redouane ACHIK (MAR) and Abdelhak ETCHIALI (ALG)
Fourth official: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)
Friday 4th July 2014
France V Germany
Brazil V Colombia
Saturday 5th July 2014
Argentina or Switzerland v Belgium or USA
Quarter-Finalist 7 V Quarter-Finalist 8
Netherlands V Costa Rica
Quotes (from FIFA.com)
Germany v Algeria
Joachim Low, Germany coach
You need to catch your breath after a game like that, and at the end it was sheer force of will that got us the win. We didn’t get into our rhythm in the first half and lost a lot of balls, but we were the better team after the break and in extra time. We had a lot of chances and their goalkeeper played out of his skin at times. Algeria frequently evaded our pressing game by playing long balls and they did it well because we looked very vulnerable. It was good that Manuel [Neuer] was there to tidy up at the back, that’s part of his game. You get matches like this at tournaments and you need to fight. Other teams such as Brazil have also struggled at times, it’s no walk in the park here.
Rais Mbolhi, Alegeria, Man of the Match
We played against a very strong Germany team and conceded two goals late on. We’re very disappointed because we felt we had a chance. Fitness wasn’t the decisive factor. We’re part of Algeria’s footballing history because we’re the first team to have come this far and we can build on this for the future. We owe it to our coach that we made it into the Round of 16. We’d like to thank him for everything he’s done for and with the team.
France v Nigeria
Didier Deschamps, France coach
Nigeria played a very physical game and had a real presence across the pitch. It was a challenge to go up against that, but we managed it. For an hour, the teams were pretty even, but then we were able to get the upper hand in the last half an hour. The Nigerians were tired, and they started leaving gaps in their defence. We were dynamic and quick when it mattered, while Nigeria were slowing down. This deserved win will make us even stronger for the rest of the competition. I’m very proud to have reached the quarter-finals.
Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach
Every defeat is painful, especially when the players follow their instructions and play well, as they did against France. We didn’t deserve to lose, but that’s football and we have to accept it. We have to keep going forward and move on to something else now. There’s no point looking for guilty parties. The team plays, wins or loses together. I’d like to thank the Brazilian public for their support during all of our games. I couldn’t have hoped for more from them.
Paul Pogba, France midfielder and Man of the Match
We showed a lot of togetherness in how we played, and were solid in the tackles. I’d like to be able to share this prize with the whole squad. We’re not afraid of anyone we could come up against because we represent France. We’ll play to win by giving everything against whoever we face.