Etebo own goal, Modric’s Penalty condemn Nigeria to bottom of Group D

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Croatia has control of Group D at the 2018 World Cup after beating Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday.

Oghenekaro Etebo was the culprit of the only goal conceded in the first half as the Super Eagles of Nigeria went into the break a goal down against Croatia at the Kaliningrad  Stadium in their Group D opening match of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Nigeria began the game shy of possession but in a few minutes, the Eagles comfortably settled into the game with both sides enjoying stints of possession.

Despite the fact that Croatia were unable to get a shot on target before the break, Modric’s corner was enough to do the needed harm with Mandzukic meeting it with a diving header and Etebo’s effort to ensure the ball was free from harm’s way nailed Nigeria to a first half loss.

Croatia’s second goal came on another corner kick, one of their six in the match. Nigeria was able to clear the corner away, but only because defender William Troost-Ekong wrapped his arms around Mandzukic, preventing him from attacking the ball. Troost-Ekong was given a yellow card, and Modric whipped the ball into the lower corner of the goal.

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