Deschamps celebrates France's World Cup progress

Despite watching his side held to a 0-0 draw by Ecuador, the former midfielder is in confident mood as he prepares to face Nigeria in the last 16.

France coach Didier Deschamps pledged to savor the moment after his team wrapped up qualification for the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Les Bleus clinched top spot in Group E after a goalless draw with Ecuador, setting up an encounter with Nigeria in the next round.

Despite his much-changed side struggling to find the same attacking vibrancy which saw it score eight goals in their first two matches, Deschamps was delighted with their successful group stage campaign.

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"We have qualified for the knockout rounds. It's all going well," he said to L'Equipe after the match. "Now we have five days to prepare for the last 16 game against Nigeria. We will analyse everything. Before thinking about it though, we'll enjoy qualifying for the knockout round."

France could not break the deadlock against 10-man Ecuador side despite numerous chances, but Deschamps believed that there were still positives to take from the performance.

"We were lacking efficiency but the essentials are there. It's important that every player has rhythm," he added. "Sometimes, it's hard to win. But we had some chances. The keeper stopped some of them. Sometimes, when there are fewer opportunities, we score. That was the case on Friday [against Switzerland]."

France will travel to Brasilia to face Nigeria on June 30.