Morgan Schneiderlin could play in the last eight of the World Cup Finals following France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria on Monday.
Saints’ remaining representative in Brazil watched on from the bench as Les Bleus booked a Quarter-Final showdown with Germany at the Maracana on Friday, thanks to a couple of second half strikes in Brasilia.
The French left it late to see off their African opponents in the round of 16. Former Manchester United man Paul Pogba headed them into a lead 11 minutes from time, and after both Karim Benzema and Yohan Cabaye had each gone close to scoring, it was Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo’s sliced clearance past his own keeper which secured progress as the final whistle approached.
It was relief all round for Didier Deschamps’ men who were given a strong test by the Super Eagles before confirming their progress, with Deschamps remaining unbeaten in his 10 games at the World Cup both as a player & manager (W8 D2).
Schneiderlin has featured in just one game so far in Brazil, but will offer fresh legs in the engine room if called upon at the end of the week.
Prior to Monday’s game, he stated the team’s approach for the remainder of the competition:
“We will feel the pressure progressively of course,” he said.
“The closer you get to the final the more you feel it, but we need to stay in our bubble. Starting from now, we should play every game as if it were the final and win it, because all the teams left in this competition aspire to play in the final and to win the World Cup.
“I think we will carry on with the same mind-set and keep on playing the way we do.”