Jun 30, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia
France
2-0
Nigeria
Pogba (79'), Yobo (90' og.)
Matuidi (55')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Blaise Matuidi apologises to Ogenyi Onazi for mistimed tackle

Ogenyi Onazi of Nigeria reacts after a challenge by Blaise Matuidi of France as referee Mark Geiger looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014
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France midfielder apologises to Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi for the challenge that ended his game.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has issued an apology to Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi after injuring the Lazio man during his country's 2-0 win over the Africans in the World Cup.

The Paris Saint-Germain player was quick to admit after the game that he mistimed his tackle, but insists he did not set out to hurt Onazi.

"I'm sorry," he told reporters. "I've not gone in to hurt him; I'm disappointed because I'm not a dirty player.

"I went into the [Nigeria] dressing room afterwards to apologise."

A Paul Pogba strike and an own goal from Joseph Yobo fired France into the quarter-finals, where they will meet Germany.

France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring the first goal during a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014
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