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Fogba doesn’t expect France to slow down


SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite failing to break down Ecuador, Pogba does not expect the result to slow France down ahead of their last-16 clash against Nigeria.

The Juventus youngster returned to the French midfield on Wednesday for their final Group E clash against Ecuador, which ended in stalemate.

A much-changed XI were far from their fluent best against an Ecuador side reduced to 10 men when Antonio Valencia was dismissed early in the second half.

“We played well and put in the performance that was expected of us, but we didn’t get the result we deserved,” he told FIFA.com.

“All we lacked was a bit of a break in front of goal, that’s all.

“I don’t think this match will have any kind of negative effect on our confidence. We drew, we didn’t lose. That’s an important distinction.”

The draw ended France’s 100 per cent record in the group but their unbeaten progression represents a step forward from their shambolic campaign in South Africa four years ago.

They crashed out with just a point in 2010 and Pogba believes France can be proud of their efforts this time around.

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