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News Article  | World Cup 2018

Starting XI: Croatia v Nigeria

2018 World Cup Starting XI: Croatia v Nigeria 16 June 2018

By SL International - Jun 16, 2018 08:05 PM

2018 World Cup 

Teams: Croatia v Nigeria 

Date: 16 June 2018

Venue: Kaliningrad Stadium

Nigeria will be hoping to fare better than the other African nations in their opening World Cup game when they take on Croatia this evening.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 21h00.

The two teams will be meeting for the first time but both have returned to the World Cup stage after participating at the 2014 global showpiece in Brazil.

Croatia will be banking on their experience in Brazil 2014 in gauging Nigeria as they thrashed West African side Cameroon 4-0 in the group stages.

However, the Vatreni will want to improve from their last showing at the World Cup after they could not get past the group phase four years ago.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will also draw on their experience four years ago in meeting with a Balkan opposition at the World Cup after they overcame Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in the group phase.

That was their only win in their last six World Cup meetings with UEFA representatives.

Nigeria did relatively well at the 2014 World Cup, getting past the group stages but came unstuck against France in the last 16.

Gernot Rohr’s troops may be a little bit short on confidence following recent defeats to Czech Republic and England in pre-World Cup warm-up friendlies.

Here's how they line up:

Croatia: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitić, Modric; Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebic; Kramaric.

Nigeria:Francis; Idowu, Ekong, Balogun, Shehu; Ndidi, Etebo; Iwobi, Obi Mikel, Moses; Ighalo.


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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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vijjox Jun 17, 2018 09:33 AM
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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Mumm_Rubi Jun 17, 2018 08:16 AM
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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Soni_JX Jun 17, 2018 07:08 AM
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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setlaboswana Jun 17, 2018 06:43 AM
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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nhlekoraymond Jun 17, 2018 06:29 AM
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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Qondeni Jun 17, 2018 02:18 AM
Croatia good job,nice uniform Nigeria though.

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