Nigeria Vs Croatia (Live Update)

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This is the first ever meeting between Nigeria and Croatia.

Croatia have won only one of last seven World Cup games.

Nigeria is playing in their their sixth World Cup. Last 16 is their best result.

Kick-off is 21.00 hours at the 35,000-seater Kaliningrad Stadium, Russia.

LINE-UPS

Croatia v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Modric, Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic, Mandzukic.

Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Brozovic, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Nikola Kalinic, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic.

Nigeria: Uzoho, Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, Ndidi, Etebo, Moses, Mikel, Iwobi, Ighalo.

Subs: Ezenwa, Echiejile, Musa, Simy, Iheanacho, Obi, Ogu, Onazi, Awaziem, Ebuehi, Omeruo, Akpeyi.

Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

KICK-OFF

Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

 

Super Eagles kick off

Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

Croatia winger Ante Rebic dash down the left and flows a low ball for Ivan Perisic, but Brian Idowu came to the rescue.

Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

Corner for Croatia.

 Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

Super Eagles captain out-powers Luka Modric on the left, but poor delivery.

But his harmless delivery is easily plucked out of the Kaliningrad air by Danijel Subasic.

18 mins

Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

Corner for Croatia, but another poor delivery.

19 mins

Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

Free-kick for Croatia after Balogun foul.

22 mins

Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

Chelsea’s Victor Moses sets Ighlao free with a briliant pass but the striker finished poorly. It had looked dangerous. Could have counted more than just a corner.

27 mins

Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

Rebic fouls Idowu in the penalty box. Free kick for Super Eagles.

30 mins

Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

Ivan Rakitic fouls Victor Moses dangroulsy and gets the first  yellow  of the game from Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci Brazil.

yellow

32 mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

goal

GOAL! for Croatia. Own goal by new Stoke defender, Etebo off a corner.

The last two goals Nigeria  conceded in the World Cup have been own goals. The last by Joseph Yobo’s  against France in 2014

39 mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

Croatia almost made it two. Glazing header from Kramaric narrowly missed the target.

45 mins Half Time

Score: Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

Second Half resumes..

46 mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

Corner for Nigeria. Defender Balogun’s header nearly equalized. It produced another corner. There was a third but Nigeria failed to make one count.

51 mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

Mandzukic fouls Etebo. Free kick Nigeria. The Eagles are playing better and searching for the leveller.

54  mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

Nigeria pressing harder; another corner.

58 mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

Moses surges with a spectacular solo run but the cross was bad; straight into the hands of keeper.

60 mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

First change by Croatia. Brozovic in for Kramaric.

62 mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

Nigeria responds by bringing in Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow for Iwobi.

69 mins

Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

Corner for Croatia  after Mandzukic was stopped by Shehu. Good cross and Ekong fouls; penalty for Croatia! Terrible defending by Ekong.

71 mins

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

Goal Croatia!

Penalty well executed by Real Madrid star, Modric. Messi needs to learn from his Real rivals, Ronaldo and Modric. Actually, the penalty was Croatia’s first shot on target.

modric

79 mins

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

Nigeria’s keeper, Uzoho saves Perisic’s dangerous shot from the left flank.

86 mins

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

Croatia makes another change. Mraco Pjaca in for Mandzukic.

88 mins

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

Nigeria make its last change. Pulls out uninspirational captain, Obi Mkel for Simeon Nwankwo.

89 mins

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

Yellow card for Brozovic – tactical foul.

90 mins

4 minutes added time

92 mins

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

Croatia’s first shot on target

94mins

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

FULL TIME

 

 

 

 

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