Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric helps Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0.
Modric scored a crucial penalty to settle the tight World Cup clash.
Oghenekaro Etebo own goal and Luka Modric penalty helped Croatia seal a good win in World Cup Group D opening encounter.
Nigeria are bottom of Group D after Stoke City’s new signing Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal in a 2-0 loss to Croatia.
Croatia luckily got the lead in when Mario Mandzukic’s header in the 32nd minute.
Luka Modric took a corner which was deflected into the own net by the unfortunate Stoke City signing Oghenekaro Etebo.
Nigeria really lacked the sucker punch quality in the final third.
It was evident when Troost-Ekong was penalised for holding Mandzukic in the penalty area.
Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric managed to beat Uzoho and convert the penalty from 12 yards for his first World Cup goal.
Croatia claimed pole position in Group D with a hard fought 2-0 win against Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty.
Now the main events are awaiting for both the sides, Croatia will face Argentina on Thursday, while Nigeria are in action the following day against World Cup new boys Iceland.
Both Iceland and Argentina shared the spoils in the game earlier today.