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2018/06/16 | 21:00| Group A| Kaliningrad Stadium, | Full Time|

As it happened: Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

2018-06-16 19:26
Last Updated at 18:38
16 Jun 23:13

That is all for today folks.

Thank you for choosing Sport24 to catch the 2018 Soccer World Cup clash between Croatia and Nigeria.

Have an awesome evening!

16 Jun 23:12

There have now been five penalties taken in the World Cup today (June 16th 2018); the last single day to see more in the competition was June 24th 1998.

Via @OptaJoe

16 Jun 23:10
16 Jun 23:07
This is how Group D is shaping up after all the nations played today ...
16 Jun 23:06
Nigeria attempted more shots on goal but have the same amount on target as Croatia.
16 Jun 23:04

FULL-TIME! Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

16 Jun 23:03
92' Kovacic has a chance to deepen the wound but instead of squars it for Perisic, whose effort goes straight towards Uzoho.
16 Jun 23:01
90' FOUR minutes of additional time added on...
16 Jun 23:00
88' Substitution for Nigeria: Nkwanko replaces Mikel.
16 Jun 22:58
85' Mandzukic is replaced by Pjaca, his Juventus team-mate.
16 Jun 22:43
81' CHANCE! Fresh legs Iheanacho and Musa combine and as Musa looks to pull the trigger in the box, Strinic does brilliantly to intervene.
16 Jun 22:42

78' No Africa team has won a match yet. 

Egypt suffered a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay while Morroco lost 1-0 against lowly ranked Iran.

16 Jun 22:38
75' Iheanacho replaces Ighalo for Nigeria.
16 Jun 22:37
72' As it stands Croatia are on top of Group D after Argentina and Australia played out to a draw.
16 Jun 22:31
70' GOOOAAALLLL... Modric makes it 2-0 for Croatia
16 Jun 22:30

69' PENALTY! 

Ekong brings down Mario Mandzukic in the penalty area and the referee points to the white spot!

16 Jun 22:28
63' Nigeria need to conjure up something here as Croatia are inching closer to extending their lead. 
16 Jun 22:23
Meanwhile, Andrej Kramaric also substituted for Marcelo Brozovic.
16 Jun 22:23
62' SUBSTITUTION: Iwobi is replaced for the speedy Ahmed Musa.
16 Jun 22:21
54' CHANCE! Rakitic whips in a ball towards Perisic, who controls it nicely. The winger puts in a timely cross into the 18th area only for Rebic to scuffs the opportunity to put Croatia 2-0 up with his effort going high and wide. 
16 Jun 22:16
53' Musa and Iheanacho are warming up... Change is definitely needed.
16 Jun 22:16
50' Rakatic now lets one loose only to see his effort fly into the crowd behind Uzoho's post.
16 Jun 22:10
48' Nigeria have to do better. Three consecutive early corners, but with each one no real threat at goal.
16 Jun 22:04
45' Second-half is underway...
16 Jun 22:02

With the amount of quality in both teams and despite leading by goal, neither of the teams have a shot on target!

16 Jun 22:01

Neither side attempted a single shot on target in the first half of this match. The last game to not have a shot on target before half-time at the World Cup also involved Croatia (vs Mexico in June 2014). Snooze.

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16 Jun 22:00

Nigeria have lost each of their last six World Cup matches when they have conceded the first goal. Worry.

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16 Jun 21:52

Croatia with a slender lead.

Nigeria will need to up the ante in the second-half.

All to play for at the Kaliningrad Stadium!

16 Jun 21:49

HALF-TIME: Croatia 1-0 Nigeria

16 Jun 21:48
45' IWOBI! The Arsenal forward sees his goal bound strike blocked by fellow Premier League player Lovren.
16 Jun 21:47
42' Following a nice buildup, Vrsaljko fails to finish off the move as he sends an ambitious strike horribly wide.
16 Jun 21:46
40' Croatia knocking the ball around with confidence. Modric whips over crossfield pass towards Rebic before Kramaric heads over from a pinpoint Rakitic pass.
16 Jun 21:42
35' Nigeria definitely need half-time here as the goal knocked out the oomph of the Super Eagles
16 Jun 21:37

Croatia land the first blow! A heavy deflection off Mandzukic header which clips off Etebo's shin.

Andrej Kramaric is claiming the goal as he was in the mix...

16 Jun 21:32
32' GOOOOAAAAALLLLL
16 Jun 21:32
27' Croatia now at it again as Perisic’ sends in a searching cross from the left-flank towards Rebic, in the box, but the forward fouls a Nigerian defender.
16 Jun 21:30

25' Moses starts a move out wide before knocking it towards Idowu on the left-flank, who then finds Idowu.

The defender attempts to run past a sea of red and white jerseys...

Nigeria's shape in the final third looks rather dead, more green jerseys should avail themselves when on attack, 

16 Jun 21:25

21' Nigeria attempting to up the ante here as Ighalo tries to break through Croatia's defence but struggles before the ball lands in front of Etebo, who has a go from distance.

Scoreline: Croatia 0-0 Nigeria

16 Jun 21:21

19' Rakatic and Modric stand behind a teething free-kick opportunity.

Modric whips it into the 18th area searching for Perisic, however Uzoho is quick to catch the ball out the air. 

16 Jun 21:18

14' Ivan Perisic cuts in from the left-flank to find space just outside the box and puts his laces through the ball.

His shot is inches wide as Uzoho is beaten despite his late effort to block the strike.

16 Jun 21:14
11' Nigeria seeing more of the ball but failing to turn it into a threatening scenario for Croatia.
16 Jun 21:10

9' Rakatic leaps to steal the ball from Moses only to foul the right-wing back.

Free-kick to the Nigerians.

16 Jun 21:08

6' Croatia's attacking intent proving too much for the Super Eagles at the moment but nothing serious.

The Europeans are dominating with ball possession as expected.

Modric dictating play...

16 Jun 21:05
4' Early jitters from both sides as Croatia takes claim in the middle of the park.
16 Jun 21:03

1' Lovren clatters into Ighalo and Nigeria is awarded an early free-kick...

Moses takes the free-kick but Croatia clear!

16 Jun 21:00

1' Nigeria get the first-half underway...

16 Jun 20:52

The teams are coming out of the tunnel ... 

Are you ready! 

16 Jun 20:25

This is Nigeria's sixth appearance at the World Cup finals; no African nation has appeared in more since the Super Eagles' first tournament in 1994.

Via @OptaJoe