Nigeria won't think about Ghana, yet

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"We are now all very happy and we want to enjoy the moment," Mikel said at the post match conference. "Then we will have a good night and we'll think about this quarter-final clash against Ghana first thing in the morning."

The Chelsea star admitted that they expected a tight game.

"We knew it was going to be 50-50. So we went out there with aggressiveness knowing all we had to do was to win this game."

Assistant coach Austin Eguavoen, who stood in for Berti Vogts at the press conference, agreed.

"It was hard but at the end of the day, we are through."

"We're among the best teams in the world so all teams are extra motivated when thay play Nigeria."

The view was echoed by Benin coach Reinhard Fabisch, who said he was proud of his team's performance.

"We must not forget that we were playing against Nigeria, one of the best teams in the world," the German said.

"I want to congratulate my players, who put up fierce resistance. I also want to congratulate Nigeria for their qualification."