Croatia has its openingsmatch of the world cup with a 2-0 win of a disappointing Nigeria. An own goal from Etebo and a redundant penaltyfout of William Troost-Ekong made sure that Croatia is now only the leader of group D.
The match between Croatia and Nigeria was immediately a duel to the lead in the group after Argentina-Iceland earlier in the day on a tie was finished. In both teams there were, moreover, ex-players from the Belgian top class on the field: ex-Genkenaar Wilfred Ndidi and ex-Gentenaar William Troost-Ekong in Nigeria, ex-native of bruges, Ivan Perisic when the Croats. Croatia, which could have a strong central duo Modric-Rakitic, was advance light favorite.
The Croats names after a difficult start, in which the build-up of backward often left much to be desired, also the most initiative. After a small fifteen minutes like Perisic centimers about the cover strip. A moment later, popped Andrej Kramaric from far in centimeters next to the pole. On the half hour that followed the logical projection: a corner kick from Modric, Rebic gedevieerd by Mandzukic. The Nigerian Oghenekaro Etebo was the unfortunate end of the game of billiards. Using his foot, rolled the ball just in the goal: 1-0 for Croatia.
Ex-Buffalo provides decision
After rest seemed to Nigeria after a very brief fist to be able to make it through Victor Moses. The man of Chelsea caused confusion among Croats, with a few sharp what about spot’s, but could not within the posts to decide. The Nigerian stormpje, however, went back quickly and are halfway through the second half gave Croatia the win on a silver platter offered by Troost-Ekong. The ex-Buffalo chose a harmless corner kick to hang on to the Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic. Referee Sandro Ricci pointed to the spot and Luka Modric if the gift unpacking. From eleven metres, he sent the 19-year-old Nigeraanse keeper Francis Uzoho in the wrong direction.
Also in the castle there was only a little more than what the groenhemden. Croatian talent Marko Pjaca (23) made two hearts, which beat faster with a strong subbing. The Juventus player offered Mateo Kovacic with a slim passje still a great opportunity, but Uzoho went well, flat. It remained at 2-0.
The victory comes Croatia in front in group D. Argentina and Iceland both have one point, Nigeria is without points last.