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: 'Referee should have punished Olivier Giroud for elbow'

John Obi Mikel accuses referee Mark Geiger of failing to punish Olivier Giroud for elbowing him during Nigeria's defeat to France.

John Obi Mikel has claimed that Olivier Giroud should have been punished for striking him with an elbow during the World Cup last-16 meeting between Nigeria and France on Monday night.

Two late goals allowed France to book their spot in the quarter-finals, but Mikel was left frustrated after the game due to Mark Geiger's failure to address the clash with Giroud.

"Yes I got an elbow and the referee saw it and he only gave him a warning, not even a yellow card, nothing," the Chelsea midfielder told The Mirror. "It was bad.

"We know the game - if you see it, act on it. The ref saw it. He did catch me, I don't know if it was too hard but the intention was definitely there."

Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi was also critical of Geiger's display in Brasilia.

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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