Croatia made a winning World Cup begin versus Nigeria (Croatia-2-Nigeria-0)

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FIFA WORLD CUP 2018|HIGHLIGHTS|June 16, 2018 11:29 AM

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Croatia made a winning World Cup beginning versus Nigeria, as Oghenekaro Etebo’s very own objective as well as a Luka Modric fine chose an inadequate Grouped suit in Kaliningrad.

Etebo, that signed up with Stoke City from Portuguese club Feirense for ₤ 6.35 m on Monday, transformed Modric’s first-half edge right into his very own web after Ante Rebic as well as Mario Mandzukic had both obtained touches.

Modric after that transformed a 71st-minute charge – Croatia’s initial shot on target – after William Troost-Ekong had actually battered Mandzukic at an edge.

Nigeria provided little striking hazard, although Dejan Lovren obstructed Alex Iwobi’s shot prior to half-time, as well as Odion Ighalo gazed a Brian Idowu go across right at goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

At 33, Modric is encountering exactly what can well be his last World Cup – in addition to demonstrator Mandzukic, that is 32, as well as midfielder Ivan Rakitic, that transformed 30 in March.

The Croatia captain won the Champions League for the 4th time in 5 periods with Real Madrid in May, however his add to Russia has actually barely been smooth.

He has actually ended up being undesirable in his homeland over a legend that has actually seen him accuseded of perjury – an offense that lugs the hazard of prison – for withdrawing his testament in the tax obligation fraudulence test of an elderly Croatian football official.

On the pitch, however, he has actually handled to place that away, and also offered the course that assisted Croatia to an implausible success.

Both he and Rakitic were superb in their passing away, although the absence of activity amongst the forwards before them typically combated their passion.

It was typically their 2 imaginative midfielders that were entailed when Croatia did develop opportunities. Modric’s great very early cross was led down by Ivan Perisic for Mandzukic to terminate over, while Andrej Kramaric’s header knotted simply over the bar from a Rakitic aid after half-time.

Rebic, that racked up two times as Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Bayern Munich to win the German Cup in May, later on volleyed a wonderful opportunity broad from 6 lawns after Rakitic’s superb pass had actually released Perisic on the.

Rakitic as well as modric absolutely have the capacity to open the globe’s finest protections – yet they will certainly require assistance from those before them when they encounter much better groups compared to Nigeria.

Nigeria’s striking brand-new house package, controlled by brilliant environment-friendly and also white chevrons, showed preferred when it took place sale last month – so it was frustrating to see them in their silenced away strip for their opening World Cup suit.

Mostly, Gernot Rohr’s unskilled group were just as controlled as their tee shirts. Rohr’s side amazed in certifying, ending up top of a team that consisted of Cameroon and also Algeria – however the German train has actually taken a trip to Russia with a team consisting of 18 World Cup finals debutants, as well as the gamers chosen had a hard time on the huge phase.

Etebo, in spite of his very own objective, was among their much better entertainers, creating an exceptional second-half lose consciousness to the right that Victor Moses collected as well as rolled broad of the close to article after reducing within.

Moses was a danger when supplying set-pieces, although his propensity to head to the ground quickly when tested did him little credit scores.

Ighalo, on his 29th birthday celebration, was separated as a single demonstrator – his header from Idowu’s cross, in the 59th min, was the initial of simply 2 initiatives on target by the Super Eagles, although brand-new Brighton finalizing Leon Balogun went near to going in from a Moses edge at the beginning of the 2nd fifty percent.

Toolbox ahead Iwobi cannot make a substantial influence, and also Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho was incapable to influence a return when looking like a replacement – leaving Rohr to fathom simply where his group’s objectives are mosting likely to originate from.

No shots on target for 59 mins – the vital statistics.

Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo had the initial shot on target in this suit in the 59th min – the lengthiest wait on a very first effort on target in a World Cup suit until now this competition.
Croatia’s opening objectives at Brazil 2014 and also Russia 2018 have actually been very own objectives – Brazil’s Marcelo 4 years earlier as well as Oghenekaro Etebo this time around.
Nigeria ended up being the first string in World Cup background to acknowledge 2 successive very own objectives in the competitors, with their last objective delivered in 2014 versus France in the last 16, additionally can be found in this fashion.
Croatia have actually won their opening video game of a World Cup for the very first time given that they’re launching in the competitors in 1998 (3-1 versus Jamaica).
When acknowledging the initial objective, Nigeria have actually shed each of their previous 7 World Cup video games.
Croatia have actually racked up in each of their previous 5 World Cup video games, their lengthiest racking up touch in the competitors.
Nigeria have actually shed their previous 3 World Cup video games, their lengthiest run given that a run of 4 in between 1998 and also 2002.