- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- Modric (P)71'
- 1st Half
- Etebo (o.g.)32'
Croatia - Nigeria
World Cup - 16 June 2018
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FT: Croatia 2-0 Nigeria. An own goal from Stoke's Etebo and a penalty from Modric put Croatia top of Group D.
NEXT UP in Group D: Croatia will now meet Lionel Messi and Co in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday, while Nigeria take on Iceland in Volgograd on Friday afternoon.
The Nigerian fans were all smiles earlier, but it's frowns all around now.
Four minutes added.
Nigeria giving it one last push, but it's looking highly unlikely they can save it now.
- Yellow cardMarcelo BrozovicCroatia
- OffJohn Obi MikelNigeria
NIGERIA CHANGE: Simeon Nwankwo on for Mikel.
A half chance for Nigeria. Musa has a sight of goal in the middle of the box, but fails to pull the trigger. Moses turns but sees his eventual strike well blocked.
Etebo has a wild effort from distance that flies way, way over the bar. He screams in frustration, It's not been his day.
- OffMario MandzukicCroatia
- OnMarko PjacaCroatia
CROATIA CHANGE: Mandzukic off, Pjaca.
VIDEO: Modric keeps his nerve from the spot.
Balogun meets a left-wing centre but sees his looping header plucked out of the air by Subasic.
Both players are getting treatment after the collision. Strinic gets a pat on the head from a couple of teammates for his timely intervention.
Great covering from Ivan Strinic as he beats Musa to Iheanacho's cut back from the left.
- OffAnte RebicCroatia
- OnMateo KovacicCroatia
CROATIA CHANGE: Rebic off, Kovacic on.
Iheanacho with a first sight of goal. He holds off two and curves a few yards wide of the near post. The effort lacked any real conviction.
- OffOdion IghaloNigeria
- OnKelechi IheanachoNigeria
NIGERIA CHANGE: Kelechi Iheanacho on for Ighalo.
That could be curtains for Nigeria. Will Croatia settle down now and play the football they are capable of?
- Goal by penaltyLuka ModricCroatia
GOAL! Modric steps up and coolly fires low into the left-hand corner he was facing.
- Yellow cardWilliam Troost-EkongNigeria
Mandzukic hauled down by Ekong as the striker looked to meet Modric's corner from the left. Yellow card to the Nigeria defender.
PENALTY TO CROATIA!
After a real lull in the play, Perisic bursts down the left and wins his country a corner.
So far, the Group D headlines will be all about Messi...
The resulting set piece is whipped in from the right, but Mandzukic can only guide his header over.
Modric arcs a dangerous free kick towards the middle of the Nigeria box, but Ilias Haddad rises highest to nod behind for a corner.
- OffAlex IwobiNigeria
- OnAhmed MusaNigeria
NIGERIA CHANGE: Iwobi off, Musa on.
- OffAndrej KramaricCroatia
- OnMarcelo BrozovicCroatia
CROATIA CHANGE: Kramaric off, Brozovic on.
Ighalo meets a left-wing cross but sees his header fly straight at the keeper.
PHOTO: Croatia celebrate their first-half opener.
Moses powers down the right. He has plenty of options racing into the box, but his cross is far too close to Subasic.
Nigeria have been giving it a real go since the second half restarted, but there was a sign of the danger on the counter. Croatia should have scored there.
Perisic delivers a wonderful cross from the left for Rebic who somehow guides over the top from close range. It should be two.
More nervy defending from Croatia. Iwobi looks stuck next to the left byline, but somehow wriggles free and drills in a low effort that is importantly blocked. Nigeria keep the pressure on but then the referee lets them off the hook by blowing for a soft foul.
PHOTO: Etebo's moment to forget.
Rakitic takes aim from 30 yards but his shot flies harmlessly over the crossbar.
Moses jinks in from the right but arrows a low shot wide of the near post. It all came from a lovely ball to wing from Etebo.
Nigeria have started this half on the front foot. The Super Eagles win three in a row, but can't find a way through despite some nervy defending from the European side.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Croatia get the contest back underway.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Croatia 1-0 Nigeria.
Moses takes a pass in his stride and quickly hammers a shot over the top as two defenders started to close him down.
The free kick is only nodded clear as far as the edge of the box, but Iwobi's thunderbolt is brilliantly blocked.
Moses raids down the right and wins Nigeria a free kick right at the end of the half. Can they nick a leveller on the stroke of the interval?
Croatia knocking it about at their own pace. Eventually they up the tempo but Vrsaljko rifles well wide of the near post with a sliced first-time shot from 20 yards.
Kramaric meets Rakitic's pinpoint cross from the left but his header loops just over the bar.
Vrsaljko with two strong surges down the flank in a matter of 60 seconds. The first ends with him over-hitting a cross with three teammates making late runs into the box, while the second was well blocked.
VIDEO: Etebo's own goal.
Nigeria had a half chance right from kick off after the goal, but since then Croatia have looked to control the game.
That was rather unfortunate for Etebo as Mandzukic's header appeared to be flashing just wide.
- Own-goalOghenekaro EteboNigeria
GOAL! Mandzukic dives to meet a right-wing corner, but his header comes off Etebo and flies into the bottom corner.
- Yellow cardIvan RakiticCroatia
Hang on a second, Rakitic follows that comment with a nasty challenge on Moses. The Barcelona man will be first in the book this evening.
The last four World Cup games involving Croatia have seen five red cards issued- three for Croatia and two for their opponents. No sign of any fireworks here yet though...Not even a sparkler...
The game could really use a goal to give it an injection of life at this point. Nigeria will probably be the happier of the two sides at present.
Balogun leaves the pitch to get a cut treated. Nigeria briefly down to 10 men.
Croatia deal with the corner with the minimum of fuss. Leon Balogun hits the deck after an unfortunate elbow from Vida catches him as the defender jumped to nod clear.
Ighalo surges in from the left and manufactures space for a low shot that deflects off Lovren and goes behind for a corner.
STAT: Croatia have managed just two shut outs in their last 11 games.
Perisic makes a late run to the far post, but Francis Uzoho comes off his line and comfortably gathers Modric's free kick from the right.
Modric fizzes a left-wing corner towards the near post, but Odion Ighalo does his duty and hooks it well clear of the penalty area.
Some observers keen for this to explode into life sooner rather than later.
Croatia slowly beginning to get on top. Kramaric has a pop from 25 yards but sees a thunderous low effort fly just wide.
Mandzukic lays the ball back for Perisic who sees his 20-yarder fly just over after sublime build-up from Modric on the left.
DID YOU KNOW? Croatia have lost their opening group game in each of their last three World Cups.
Mikel robs Modric on the left wing, but sees his quick cross into the middle calmly collected by Danijel Subasic in the Croatia goal.
Nigeria easily deal with a Croatia corner from the left. The Super Eagles look to break, but Rakitic makes a tactical foul on the right to halt them in their tracks.
Andrej Kramaric makes a clever dart in-behind the Nigeria backline, but Abdullahi Shehu is alive to it and volleys a ball in from the left to safety on the stretch.
A nice tempo to this match so far. Both teams look keen to push on and attack.
DANGER MAN? Perisic was directly involved in half of Croatia's goals at the last World Cup (two goals, one assist).
DID YOU KNOW? Nigeria have won just one of their last six World Cup showdowns with European opposition. They defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2014 but have drawn one and lost four of the other meetings.
Croatia maraud down the left at pace, but the cut back from Ivan Strinic is cut out before Perisic can get on the end of it.
Chelsea's Victor Moses floats an early free kick in from the left flank, but it's comfortably headed to safety by the Croatia rearguard.
Both sides look set to deploy a 4-2-3-1 system. The Nigerians have been boosted by the inclusion of Leicester midfielder Wilfried Ndidi, who was passed fit to feature while ex-Chelsea star, John Obi Mikel captains the Super Eagles. Croatia boast the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic in midfield with Mario Mandzukic leading the line.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Nigeria get this Group D encounter underway.
On the eve of the tournament, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr accused some reporters covering his team of unethical behaviour and coming up with lies as the Super Eagles failed to win in any of their four friendlies leading into the World Cup.
STAT: Croatia have won just one of their last seven World Cup encounters (D2, L4). That victory came against Cameroon four years ago. The Vatreni triumphed 4-0 on that occasion.
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CONFIRMED TEAMS - CROATIA: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Strinic, Lovren, Vida, Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, Kramaric, Mandzukic, Rebic. /// NIGERIA: Uzoho, Idowu, Ndidi, Ekong, Balogun, Etebo, Ighalo, Mikel, Moses, Shehu, Iwobi.
Earlier, Lionel Messi was left red-faced as Argentina drew 1-1 with Iceland in the other Group D encounter in Moscow.
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