2 Jul 2014

France advance, Nigeria out

11:36 am on 2 July 2014

France reached the football World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Nigeria that left only one African team still in the tournament.

Seeking to make up for their humiliating early exit four years ago, the French left it late in Brasilia to break down a hard-working Nigeria team, scoring twice in the last 11 minutes.

Nigeria have never progressed beyond the last 16 at a World Cup.

France play Germany in the quarter-finals, who ended Algerian hopes with a 2-1 victory.

Meanwhile Uruguay striker Luis Suarez broke his silence to apologise for biting.

In a contrite statement from his home in Uruguay, Suarez says he had time to reflect on his biting of an Italian defender and the disgraced striker apologises to the world.

The 27-year-old says he's deeply remorseful and vows there would never be a repeat of the incident.