Saturday Jun 16, 2018. 22:50
Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 World Cup Group D match between Croatia and Nigeria from the Kaliningrad Stadium.
Danijel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Ante Rebic, Mario Mandzukic
Francis Uzoho, Brian Idowu, Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi
Commentary (press F5 to refresh)
All times CAT
90+5' - Full time -
Done and dusted, Croatia win 2-0 and move to the top of Group D. Nigeria will need to make major improvements for their next clash against Iceland on June 22.
Kovacic with a chance for 3-0, but he shoots straight at Uzoho! A square pass would have given Perisic a tap-in...
There will be four minutes of added time.
89' - Yellow card -
Brozovic picks up a late booking for Croatia.
88' - Substitution -
Nigeria's final change sees Simeon Nwankwo replace Mikel.
Etebo tries a long-range shot, but it doesn't trouble Subasic.
86' - Substitution -
Mandzukic makes way for Marco Pjaca in Croatia's last change.
Balogun gets a looping header on target, but it's an easy save for Subasic.
Strinic with a great tackle to prevent Musa getting on the end of Iheanacho's pull-back from the left by-line. Both players down injured and receiving treatment.
78' - Substitution -
Rebic makes way for Mateo Kovacic for the European side.
Iheanacho's first sight of goal sees him squeeze a shot between a couple of defenders, but it's wide of the mark.
Croatia now bossing the game and looking for number three. Nigeria look destined to start this World Cup on a low note...
73' - Substitution -
Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Ighalo up front for the Super Eagles.
71' - GOAL! Croatia 2-0 Nigeria -
Modric tucks home the penalty and the European side have a 2-0 lead!
70' - Yellow card -
Troost-Ekong is booked for his part in the penalty.
Penalty! Croatia have been awarded a spot kick for wrestling between Troost-Ekong and Mandzukic at a corner kick!
Midway through the second half, Croatia still hold a narrow 1-0 lead in this Group D clash.
The corner kick finds the head of Mandzukic, but his header is a looping effort that's well off target.
Modric with a testing delivery from a free kick and Troost-Ekong has to head behind for a corner kick.
62' - Substitution -
Ahmed Musa replaces Iwobi in Nigeria's first change.
60' - Substitution -
Marcelo Brozovic replaces Kramaric in Croatia's first change.
Idowu with a cross from the left, Ighalo gets a header on goal but it's an easy save for the 'keeper. Nigeria's first effort on target.
Moses breaks free down the right, looks to cross, but his effort is easily claimed by Subasic.
But Croatia spring forward and Rebic misses a glorious chance from Perisic's cross... in fact, the offside flag was up, wouldn't have counted.
Iwobi looks for Ighalo with a cross from the left, but it's well defended by Croatia. Nigeria building pressure, though.
Ighalo gives away a foul in the Croatia penalty area, but at least Nigeria are bossing the early minutes of the second half.
Rakitic picks up a loose ball and lets fly from long range... high and wide.
Moses picks up a drilled diagonal pass, runs at his defender before looking to cut back and shoot on his left, but he pulls his effort wide of the mark.
Three corner kicks in succession for Nigeria, the first of which almost sees Balogun put a header on goal at the near post.
Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.
45+2' - Half time -
Croatia lead 1-0 at the break thanks to Etebo's own goal. Plenty of work for the Super Eagles to do in the second stanza.
A Nigeria free kick ends with Iwobi trying to fire a shot through a crowd of bodies, but it's inevitably blocked.
Closing in on half time. Nigeria will need a big pep talk from manager Gernot Rohr during the break.
Mandzukic tees up Vrsaljko for an ambitious shot, which he slices high and wide.
Rakitic whips in an in-swinging cross, Karamaric gets ahead of his marker but puts a glancing header over the target! That should have been 2-0...
Etebo hauls down Modric in midfield. Now Strinic looks to whip in a cross, but it flies over the head of Mandzukic in the middle of the box.
That's a hammer blow to Nigeria, they'll need to dig deep to come back into this.
32' - GOAL! Croatia 1-0 Nigeria -
Croatia claim the lead! A corner kick is flicked on at the near post, Mandzukic gets a diving header and poor Etebo unwittingly deflects it into his own net! An OG!
Past the half hour mark, still goalless between Croatia and Nigeria in Kaliningrad.
30' - Yellow card -
Rakitic cautioned for a late challenge on Moses.
Troost-Ekong well-positioned to make a clearance. Croatia just beginning to stretch the Nigerian defence a little more now...
Rebic fouls Idowu as he looks to get on the end of a cross from the left flank.
Mikel with a good defensive clearance in Balogun's absence (he's being patched up on the sidelines).
Nigeria's first corner kick sees the Super Eagles threaten from the second and third ball into the box, but it all ends tamely and with Balogun having taken a knock to the head in an aerial challenge. He's got a bloody nose, but he'll be okay to play on.
Uzoho with a safe pair of hands to catch a lofted free kick from Modric. Croatia haven't threatened from their set piece opportunities just yet.
Another corner for Croatia, again Modric's delivery doesn't beat the first defender, Ighalo.
Now Kramaric tries his luck from long range... well wide, Uzoho had it covered all the way.
A swift attack from Croatia ends with Perisic firing a shot from the edge of the box just over the target! Best attacking moment of the game so far.
Mikel robs Modric near the corner flag and then whips in a cross from the left, but Subasic handles safely under pressure from Igahlo.
A good spell of possession for Nigeria, but it ends with a long ball meant for Moses running out of play.
Croatia with a corner kick. Modric crosses from the left flank, Ighalo heads clear at the near post.
Iwobi is caught by Modric as he looks to break through midfield, but there's no free kick from the referee.
Etebo wins a free kick in the middle of the park. Nigeria still looking to settle into the match.
Idowu with some good sweeping up at the back as Croatia break free down the left flank.
Uzoho with an early touch as he clears from a back-pass. The young goalkeeper will be under scrutiny tonight.
1' - Kick-off -
We are underway in Kaliningrad! Croatia wear their famous red and white checks, while Nigeria don their dark green change strip.
The players have emerged from the tunnel and we are just a few minutes away from kick-off. Time for the national anthems.
Our referee for this clash is Sandro Ricci from Brazil. This will be the first meeting of Croatia and Nigeria in senior international football.
Half an hour to kick-off at the Kaliningrad Stadium. Both teams will be eyeing a win in the knowledge that it will take them to the top of Group D following the draw between Argentina and Iceland earlier today.