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02 Russia
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03 Saudi Arabia
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02 Argentina
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03 Nigeria
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03 Tunisia
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04 Panama
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News Article  | World Cup 2018

Real Madrid Star Helps Croatia Down Nigeria In World Cup Opener

2018 World Cup Report: Croatia v Nigeria 16 June 2018

By SL International - Jun 16, 2018 10:58 PM

2018 World Cup 

Result: Croatia 2-0 Nigeria 

Date: 16 June 2018

Venue: Kaliningrad Stadium

Another African nation suffered defeat in their opening 2018 World Cup clash as Nigeria went down 2-0 to Luka Modric's Croatia in Group D on Saturday evening.

The Super Eagles were full of energy in the early stages of the match but were unable to trouble the Croatian defence.

However, Ivan Perisic got the first good chance for Croatia in the 13th minute with a strike from the edge of the box that sailed just over the bar.

Croatia's dominance eventually paid off in the 32nd minute as Mario Mandzukic’s diving header inside the box was diverted into the net by Oghenekaro Etebo, 1-0.

Croatia started sitting back a bit after they found the breakthrough, which allowed the Super Eagles space to play.

However, Rohr’s men could not create clear chances in the closing stages of the first stanza and went into the halftime break trailing 1-0.

The Super Eagles applied the pressure in the first ten minutes of the second stanza, denying Croatia the chance to get out of the own half.

Odion Ighalo nearly found the equaliser on the hour-mark for Nigeria with a glancing header inside the box but Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was positioned well to save the effort.

The Vatreni were awarded a penalty 20 minutes before time after Mandzukic was brought down in the box. Luka Modric stepped up to make it 2-0 from the spot-kick.

Nigeria enjoyed more of the ball in the closing stages, although they were let down by their decision-making in the final third.

The Croatians did have a chance to bag a third goal in second-half stoppage time, but substitute  Mateo Kovacic failed beat Francis from close range as the clash ended 2-0.

Croatia now sit top of Group D while Argentina and Iceland occupy second and third respectively. Nigeria find themselves at the bottom of the group.

 


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Carder305 Jun 18, 2018 07:33 AM
Ghana would have been a better team, so unfortunate thet didn't qualify
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Madrid stars shining
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dddagam Jun 17, 2018 09:25 AM
Barcow players are nowhere to be seen so far,maybe its because they only perform well in LALIGA ONLY
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jun 17, 2018 08:28 AM
Mxm African teams luk lyk they a going there just to adding numbers
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Madrid players making the headlines
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tcdeluxe Jun 17, 2018 08:00 AM
No surprises here. Nigeria always flatter to deceive. Dis wont help with de arguement of getting same number of spots at de WC as Europeans
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Mfanakamdala Jun 17, 2018 07:47 AM
While top players are leading their countries by example, we have a sttttttuppid Egyptian cowch benching our best Africa player.
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KBY namanje Jun 17, 2018 07:35 AM
@Enthiiii Makhosi Senegal will do better
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Enthiiii Makhosi Jun 17, 2018 07:12 AM
So African teams are going to park the bags same time
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Seems as if we Africans are heading for the worst WC showing in this time around.
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emilem442 Jun 17, 2018 06:47 AM
So easy for croatia after all.
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Majority of fau supporters are complete fools, xenophobic, irrelevant, outdated and impossible.
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setlaboswana Jun 17, 2018 06:39 AM
Seems like the Super Eagles are well on their way back home, they are not convincing.
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Aaai african teams are not good enough
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Senegal maybe will play good
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It's gonna be a mountain to climb for Nigeria to go to the next round
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Hhay suka
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smo Jun 17, 2018 03:40 AM
Island is definàtely going to beat them. The less said about that aguero team the better. Poor Nigeria..
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Not so super after all?
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Croatia good job,nice uniform Nigeria though.

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