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Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 in their first game of the World Cup

Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 over 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.

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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.

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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.

The game itself was by no means a classic, lacking any sort of intensity or pace and Luka Modrić was the only player to add any real quality. It felt like the game was just a friendly with no real consequence, when that was anything but the case as a win would’ve put either team top. Croatia were average but Nigeria were poor and both will have to improve to stand a chance of progressing.

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