World Cup 2018: Nigeria Loses 2:0 To Croatia In First Match

World Cup 2018: Nigeria Loses 2:0 To Croatia In First Match

By News Agency of Nigeria on June 17, 2018
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Super Eagles Croatia’s midfielder Luka Modric (C) and Nigeria’s defender Leon Balogun vie during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Croatia and Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16, 2018. OZAN KOSE / AFP
Croatia’s midfielder Luka Modric (C) and Nigeria’s defender Leon Balogun vie during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Croatia and Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16, 2018. | OZAN KOSE / AFP

Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in a game which, overall, lacked quality.

The Eastern European team had been the better side and kept the ball more but didn’t give an excellent performance.

It took an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo to give Croatia the lead — the ball struck Etebo following a Mandžukić header and rolled into his own net.

Modrić put a second goal in the bottom left corner after sending the keeper diving the other way, which spelt the end for Nigeria.

There were worrying scenes with 10 minutes to the end of the match with Musa is down for Nigeria and Strinić is down for Croatia following a collision between the two. Both received treatment but appeared to be OK.

Despite not playing brilliantly, Croatia now find themselves at the top of Group D thanks to Nigeria’s shoddy performance.

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