Croatia bags victory after penalty and Nigeria's own goal

According to young Nigerians their popular kit is not just the “nicest” but also shows off how “fly” their generation

According to young Nigerians their popular kit is not just the “nicest” but also shows off how “fly” their generation

Mandzukic was hauled back by William Troost-Ekong and Luka Modric made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick.

The Super Eagles are now at the last position in the group as they face Iceland and Argentina in the remaining group matches on June 22 and 26, respectively.

Looking ahead to that clash in Nizhny Novgorod next Thursday, Modric told reporters: "It is going to be a hard match, maybe against the favorites in our group".

"But this win will boost our confidence and as we go along, we will raise our game - but to get three points against them will be tough". "Maybe against the favourites in our group. but they will have to play for a win because of the scoreline today that they never expected".

"I was satisfied with the organisation but we need to be more professional from set-pieces".

"All is possible for the qualification".

"I think the young guys did well but we just have to keep going and trying to get better", he added.

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Argentina is favored to progress to the knockout stage, leaving Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland to battle for the final spot. The two-time champions arrived in Russian Federation dogged by poor form, injuries and controversy.

"What is important is that you score". We are one point behind now. "Croatia were the better team, but we could have come back into it in the second half when we started very well before the penalty against us", he said.

As the game heated up, Kramaric headed onto the roof of the Nigerian net, while at the other end Alex Iwobi had a shot charged down and Victor Moses fired over the bar.

Rebic should have doubled Croatia's lead, firing over from Perisic's flawless left-wing centre, with Odion Ighalo's tame header recording the match's first shot on target in the 59th minute.

Their best chance fell to Ante Rebic, but his well struck volley zoomed wide of the goal as he ran onto a pass from Perisic.

The second goal arrived from the penalty spot on 72 minutes.

Gernot Rohr's men were unable to create a clear opportunity of their own and sit bottom of Group D following the first round of fixtures, Argentina and Iceland having drawn in Moscow earlier on Friday after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.

Modric strode up to stroke the ball low into the left-hand corner, giving Ezenwa no chance. I was focused on scoring. "This will lift us to continue our journey", said Real Madrid midfielder Modric.

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