Facts on Nigeria vs. France:

The kick off time is 5pm in Nigeria, and two teams will file out against each other in what would be a historic feat for both teams.

Nigeria has never played France in a FIFA World Cup and the two teams have only met once until Monday's game.

The coaches Stephen Keshi and Didier Deschamp will be facing each other for the first time as player and as coach in their first World Cup roles at the helms.

We look at the facts around these two teams; their players and crew, ahead of the last 16 clash.


Les Blues have lost two of their last three World Cup matches against African nations (2002 v Senegal and 2010 v South Africa). They beat Togo between these two defeats in 2006.

  • All of France’s goals during this World Cup have come from inside the box.
  • France have won all three of their previous second round ties at the World Cup (2-0 v Italy in 1986, 1-0 v Paraguay in 1998 and 3-1 v Spain in 2006).
  • Les Blues attempted more shots at goal (50; excl. blocked ones) than any other side during the 2014 World Cup group stages.
  • On the last five occasions that France have progressed past round 1 in the World Cup, they have reached the semi-final stage (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998 and 2006).
  • Karim Benzema has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances for France, including three goals in his three appearances at this World Cup.


  •  Nigeria have scored a goal in all but one of their previous 10 World Cup finals matches against European sides.
  • The Super Eagles are aiming to become just the fourth African side to make the quarter finals of a World Cup tournament (after Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010).
  • Nigeria have only won one of their last 11 World Cup matches.
  • Nigeria have lost both of their previous World Cup second round ties – 1-2 v Italy in 1994 and 1-4 v Denmark in 1998.
  • Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper during the 2013-14 French Ligue 1 season for Lille.
  • The two times Nigeria played in the last 26 have been against European teams and they lost both: Italy 2-1 in 94 and Denmark 4-1 in France 98.