Soccer-Giroud one of six changes for France, Moses in for Nigeria


BRASILIA, June 30 (Reuters) - France coach Didier Deschamps made six changes to his starting lineup for their World Cup last 16 clash with Nigeria on Monday, recalling striker Olivier Giroud but there was no place for defender Mamadou Sakho.

Giroud starts in place of Antoine Griezmann and reunites with Karim Benzema in attack, with Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi joined in the midfield trio by Yohan Cabaye, who is back after suspension and takes over from Morgan Schneiderlin.

Laurent Koscielny retains his place at the heart of the defence alongside Raphael Varane, who takes over from Sakho who had been an injury concern before kickoff.

Nigeria made one forced changed to their starting lineup, with Victor Moses coming in for midfielder Michael Babatunde, who broke his wrist in the 3-2 defeat by Argentina last time out. (Reporting by Patrick Johnston; Editing by Justin Palmer)

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