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Croatia 2-0 Nigeria: World Cup 2018
on: June 16, 2018, 10:05:38 PM

Nigeria slumped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup as Croatia impressed on Saturday night at Kaliningrad Stadium.

Croatia - pegged by many as dark horses for the tournament - were in control for much of the game, and took a deserved lead into the interval before Luka Modric tucked home a second-half penalty to wrap up three crucial early points in the tournament.

There may have been an element of fortune about the opening goal as Mario Mandzukic's header was deflected into his own net by Oghenekaro Etebo after 32 minutes, but it was the least Croatia deserved as Nigeria failed to rise to the occasion.

The Super Eagles offered little of note going forward, with Chelsea's Victor Moses resorting to a number of theatrical falls while Alex Iwobi was taken off after a quiet hour of football for the Arsenal playmaker.

Croatia kept pressing for another goal to make the game safe, and they got their reward from the penalty spot after Leon Balogun inexplicably wrestled Mandzukic to the floor at a corner with 19 minutes remaining.

Nigeria were furious with referee Sandro Ricci as the Brazilian booked Balogun for good measure, but it was the correct decision before Modric calmly slotted the spot-kick home to seal the win.

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