In nutshell of Croatia Vs Nigeria, the Group D second match Croatia earned the full three points by defeating Nigeria 2-0 in Kaliningrad on Saturday. Juvenus forward Mario Mandzukic’s diving header caused an own goal in the first half, and he drew a penalty that Luka Modric converted in the second.
- Croatia’s aggression was key success for their victory
- Oghenekaro Etebo deflects Mandzukic header into his own goal
- Modric converts penalty after Ekong fouls Mandzukic
- Nigeria press forward, but lack cutting edge
- Luka Modric, named as Man of the Match
It wasn’t a challenging match for the victors as Nigeria struggled to put much of anything together. They were sloppy, couldn’t hold on to the ball and lacked creativity in the final, but Croatia was far from convincing as well. They scored on an own goal and a penalty kick to win.
Watch full highlights of Nigeria Vs Croatia FIFA World cup football match here:
Oghenekaro Etebo knocked the ball into his own net in the first half for what was the winning goal. Then a penalty kick was awarded to Croatia for a challenge in the box, and Luka Modric made no mistake, finishing with accuracy.
The match was even early on, with both teams looking to attack and trading possession, but neither able to find a shot on goal, or even a key pass. But the 2 goals make Nigeriasn very vulnerable as they could not penetrate the Croatian defence.
“We’re really disappointed we lost this game. Croatia were the better team. We could have come back into it in the second half after we started very well before the penalty against us. We’re a young team, we’re learning and I hope in the next game against Iceland we will do much better.” – Gernot Rohr Nigerian Coach
After that match Croatian coach was seemed to be happy with teams performance but also he mentions that their next match against Argentina will be touch and they need to focus on the condtions well.
“We have to see what is the condition of our players. Of course, they’ve got Messi, but after their draw [against Iceland] their situation will change for the next match.” – Zlatko Dalic Croatia Coach
See all goals details of Nigeria Vs Croatia World cup football match:
- 31′ – ETEBO (NIGERIA) SCORES AN OWN GOAL!!
- 71′ – GOAL !!!!! MODRIĆ (CROATIA) SUCCESSFULLY CONVERTS THE PENALTY!
Ekong brings Mandzukic down in the penalty area and the Real Madrid man steps up – he coolly slots it to the goalkeeper’s right.
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