Croatia vs Nigeria Live Updates: Super Eagles begin quest for World Cup glory

Super Eagles of Nigeria
Super Eagles of Nigeria

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to begin their chase for glory at the 2018 World Cup in Russia as they take on Croatia in the second game in Group D.

With the first game in Group D involving Argentina and Iceland ending in a 1-1 draw, a victory for either Nigeria or Croatia will give them an early advantage.

This is the first ever meeting between Nigeria and Croatia and an explosive encounter is expected at the 35,000-seater Kaliningrad Stadium.

The Super Eagles have a good record when they face European teams in their opening World Cup games.

It is understood that President Muhammad Buhari spoke with the Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, earlier today to let him know how Nigerians are eager to see the Super Eagles soar in Russia.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for the Live Updates.

Kickoff is 8 p.m.


Nigeria Starting XI

23 UZOHO

2 IDOWU

4 NDIDI

5 EKONG

6 BALOGUN

8 ETEBO

9 IGHALO

10 MIKEL

11 MOSES

12 SHEHU

18 IWOBI

Croatia Staring XI

23 SUBAŠIĆ

2 VRSALJKO

3STRINIĆ

4PERIŠIĆ

6LOVREN

7 RAKITIĆ

9 KRAMARIĆ

10 MODRIĆ

17 MANDŽUKIĆ

18 REBIĆ

21 VIDA


LIVE UPDATES:


Both teams warm up on the pitch before kick off.


This is Nigeria’s sixth World Cup appearance while this is the fifth for the Croats..


Mikel leads the Super Eagles team on to the pitch and Luka Modric does same for Croatia


The Croatia national anthem and the Nigeria national anthem follows promptly


Yes we are ready and Super Eagles  kick off the game


Free kick for Nigeria..  Ighalo brought down


Victor Moses lobs the ball but Croatia do the needful


Overall Nigeria have played 18 World Cup matches, winning five, drawing three and losing 10 while scoring 20 goals and conceding 26.


It has been a fast-paced game so far


Shehu ABDULAHI concedes a corner


Victor Moses clutches to his knees after a rash challenge from Rakitic


Super Eagles springing passes as they find a way to break the Croatia defense


Mikel disposses Modric of the ball swing a cross but the Croatia keeper makes a catch to deny Ighalo a header


Shot! Perisic with a thunderbolt but goes over the bar and Uzoho ready it


Balogun is penalised for pushing Andrej Kramaric


Victor Moses goes down hoping for a free kick but the Brazilian referee waves play on


Ighalo blows a good chance with his indecisive


Bleeding nose for Leon Balogun who was elbowed why attempting to nod the ball


Picture story

Goal…  Croatia take the lead.. Etebo own goal


Chance! Andrej Kramaric from Croatia but his header goes wide


Moses brought down again


Shot by Iwobi but blocked  by Croatia


End of first half Croatia 1-0 Nigeria


Croatia get the second half underway


Nigeria win a corner but Balogun nods over the bar


Moses shoots wide from the box


Rakitic fires another rising shot that goes over the bar


Ighalo angry as the referee gives a Free kick against him


Croatia still holding on to their slim lead


Moses tries an ambitious attempt from 25 yards but straight into.the goalkeepers  hands


Good cross by Brian Idowu but Ighalo nods into the hands of the keeper


Sub Alex Iwobi out for Ahmed Musa


Yellow card for Willam Troost and penalty for Croatia


Modric nets the second goal for Croatia from the penalty spot


Iheanacho who replaced Ighalo almost pulls one back


Rebic off for Kovavic


Uzoho parries off the boots of Rakitic to avoid another goal


Ahmed Musa almost connects a pass from Iheanacho but blocked..


Looping header from Balogun.. easy catch for the Croatiakeeper


More Pictures


Mikel  off for simmy Nwankwo


Four minutes added time


FULL TIME: CROATIA 2-0 NIGERIA


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