10 interesting stats ahead of France vs Nigeria

2 – Both of these nations kept two clean sheets in their three group games and conceded 2 goals each.

2 – For the first time in World Cup history two African nations have made it to the second round. There had been exactly one African nation in each of the last seven World Cups reach the second round before Nigeria and Algeria both progressed this year.

3 – On only three occasions has an African nation reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup (Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010).

5 – In each of the last five occasions that France have progressed past round 1 in the World Cup, they have gone on to reach at least the semi-final stage (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998 and 2006).

5 – All 5 of Nigeria’s wins in their World Cup history have come versus European nations – Bulgaria and Greece in 1994, Spain and Bulgaria in 1998 and Bosnia and Herzegovina in this tournament.

9% – Nigeria have won just 1 of their last 11 World Cup matches. This was their 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in their group stage match at this World Cup.

33% – France have won only 1 of their last 3 World Cup matches versus African nations.  They lost 2-1 to South Africa four years ago and 1-0 to Senegal in 2002.  In between, they beat Togo 2-0 in 2006 on their way to reaching the final.

44 – Nigeria are the lowest-ranked team in the FIFA World Rankings to reach the second round.

63 – France had the most shots in the group stage.

63% – Karim Benzema was involved in 5 of the 8 goals for France in the group stage, scoring 3 and assisting 2. It was also shot that was bundled into his own net by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares for the first goal awarded by goalline technology.