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)

John Obi Mikel: 'No need for Nigeria to be downbeat'

John Obi Mikel calls on his Nigeria teammates to stay positive following their defeat to France in the last 16 of the World Cup.

John Obi Mikel has urged his Nigeria teammates not to be downbeat following their defeat to France in the last 16 of the World Cup.

The Super Eagles were beaten 2-0 on Monday thanks to two late goals in Brasilia.

Despite Nigeria's exit from the tournament, Mikel believes that the side performed well against the French.

"Honestly, I don't think that we should be feeling bad right now," the midfielder told FIFA.com. "We've had a great tournament and we showed the whole world just what we're capable of, even when up against a great team.

"I think that we played really well from the start, right up until we conceded the opening goal. From that moment on, I'll admit that we let our heads drop a bit.

"We couldn't drag ourselves back into it, but none of that should take the shine off our performance."

France will now face Germany in the quarter-finals.

John Obi Mikel of Nigeria gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Iran and Nigeria at Arena da Baixada on June 16, 2014
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