Croatia got their World Cup campaign off to a solid but unspectacular start with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium.
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Against all expectations, Brighton of England new signing, Leon Balogun, made the starting line up alongside William Troost-Ekong, Bryan Idowu and Abdullahi Shehu in the Super Eagles defence, while Gernot Rohr kept fate with young goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, in goal for Nigeria.
There is a sense of now-or-never for the Balkans nation at this tournament and Modric said his side would lift their game when they meet Lionel Messi's Argentina in their next match.
With rivals Argentina and Iceland only managing a 1-1 draw earlier Saturday in Saransk, both sides had a chance to take control of Group D.
There is speculation that the tournament in Russian Federation could be the last chance of collective success for a talented crop of Croats that includes captain Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, all of whom are in their 30s.
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Goldman Sachs gives the Super Eagles, knocked out by France at the last World Cup in the Round of 16, a 17.1 percent probability of reaching the same stage; while African peers like Egypt, making its first World Cup appearance in 28 years, and Morroco had 34.4 and 21.6 respectively.
Other Nigerians who commented expressed disappointment with the result of the game.
Modric's corner was flicked on by Ante Rebic.
Oghenekaro Etebo, up until that point one of Nigeria's best performers, was wrong-footed and bundled into his own net.
Nigeria came close to drawing level but Iwobi's strike was blocked by the Croats defenders as they led by a lone goal at half time. It has won only one of its last 12 matches on football's greatest stage. "Let them learn from this match, from this defeat".
Despite fears pre-match, there was no reports of any racist chanting from among the near-capacity crowd.