Didier Deschamps lauds "extraordinary" Karim Benzema

France's forward Karim Benzema (front R) vies for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Gokhan Inler on June 20, 2014
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France manager Didier Deschamps praises Karim Benzema for his displays at this year's World Cup.

France manager Didier Deschamps has praised Karim Benzema for his displays at this year's World Cup.

The Real Madrid forward has scored three goals for his country at the tournament, but Deschamps believes that his all-round performances have been vital to his country's progress to the knockout stages.

"His moves throw off the opposition's defenders," Marca quotes him as saying. "He has extraordinary skills that improve the way the team plays.

"We have always seen his game as something far bigger than the goals, something that does not happen elsewhere."

France will face Nigeria in the last 16 of the World Cup next Monday.

Paul Pogba of France heads the ball wide of the goal past Alexander Dominguez of Ecuador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Ecuador and France at Maracana on June 25, 2014
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