The Super Eagles of Nigeria were beaten 2-0 by Croatia in their opening game of the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Croatia score a goal in each half to top Group D after Iceland and Argentina played out a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday.
Eteto scored an own goal in the 32nd minute off a set piece while Luka Modric doubled Croatia’s lead in the 71st minute from the penalty spot.
81mins: Balogun rises high to head a ball that does not trouble the Croatian goalkeeper.
80mins: Iheanacho does well to send a low pass to Musa in Croatia’s box but a defender comes in fast to clear.
79Mmins: Croatia threatens again as Uzoho punches out a low corner from the left.
71mins: Goal for Croatia; Modric sends his penalty low to the right and beats Uzoho to double Croatia’s lead.
70mins: Penalty to Croatia. Referee penalises Ekong for wrapping his hands round Mandzukic during a corner.
51mins: Iwobi’s fast feet creates space for him in the Croatians box but his shot was deflected off target.
49mins: Moses gets the ball in the box but his low drive goals wide.
46mins: Nigeria threatening through three consecutive corner kicks but the Croatians defending them very well.
Half-time: Nigeria 0 Vs Croatia 1
Etebo to be blamed for Croatia’s goal. Left his position at the edge of the goal and also directed the ball into the Nigerian net.
39mins: Croatia dominating the game now and almost doubled their lead. Kramaric header off a Rakitic cross just over.
31mins: Goal for Croatia! Balogun deflects a shot for a corner and the Croatians score from it.
30mins: Yellow card for Rakitic after a foul on Moses.
21mins: Nigeria threaten from a set piece situation but it all ends in nothing.
15mins: Croatia try again from the distance, this time from Kramaric, but his shot is just wide.
13mins: Chance for Croatia. Persic strikes from outside the box but it’s over the ba.r.
11mins: Mikel beats his man in the far corner but his cross was not able to get to Ighalo. Nigerians getting the most support from the stadium.
10mins: Super Eagles playing the ball around at the back but still finding it difficult to break down Croatia.
05mins: Super Eagles with a couple of freekicks which have not been well utilised. Moses and Iwobi switching sides already early in the game.
Super Eagles starting XI has been confirmed.
Francis Uzoho, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Brian Idowu, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo.
Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr starts with a 4-3-3 formation