Croatia v Nigeria, 16 June 2018

Score2-0 to Croatia
RefereeSandro Ricci
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Group D
VenueKaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Attendance31,136
Kick-off: 9.00pm local Croatia v Nigeria was Match 8 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Refereeing team: Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil) Assistant Referee 1: Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil) Assistant Referee 2: Marcello Van Gasse (Brazil) Fourth Official: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain) Reserve AR: Pau Cebrian Devis (Spain) VAR: Daniele Orsato (Italy) Croatia's opening goals at their last two World Cup finals had now been own goals (Brazil's Marcelo in 2014). Luca Modrić's penalty was the fifth to be taken in the four games played on this day at the World Cup finals. Excluding shoot-outs, there had been only one previous day at the finals when six had been taken (24 June 1998). Nigeria had now lost all of their last seven games at the World Cup finals when they had conceded the first goal.

2  Croatia

Manager: Zlatko Dalic

0  Nigeria

Manager: Gernot Rohr

Goals:

Peter Etebo own goal 32 OG
Luka Modrić penalty 71 P

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Danijel Subašić
Defender Dejan Lovren
Defender Ivan Strinic
Defender Domagoj Vida
Defender/Midfielder Šime Vrsaljko
Midfielder Luka Modrić (captain)
Midfielder Ivan Rakitić
Midfielder/Forward Ivan Perišić
Forward Ante Rebić

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho
Defender Leon Balogun
Defender Brian Idowu
Defender Abdullahi Shehu
Defender/Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi
Midfielder Peter Etebo
Midfielder John Obi Mikel (captain)
Midfielder/Forward Alex Iwobi
Midfielder/Forward Victor Moses
Forward Odion Ighalo

Substitutions:

Marcelo Brozović for Andrej Kramarić 60
Mateo Kovačić for Ante Rebić 78
Marko Pjaca for Mario Mandžukić 86

Substitutions:

Ahmed Musa for Alex Iwobi 62
Kelechi Iheanacho for Odion Ighalo 73
Simy Nwankwo for John Obi Mikel 88

Cards:

Ivan Rakitić 30 Y
Marcelo Brozović 89 Y

Cards:

William Troost-Ekong 70 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić
Goalkeeper Dominik Livaković
Defender Dulje Caleta-Car
Defender Vedran Corluka
Defender Tin Jedvaj
Defender Josip Pivarić
Midfielder Milan Badelj
Midfielder Filip Bradarić
Midfielder Marcelo Brozović
Midfielder Mateo Kovačić
Midfielder/Forward Marko Pjaca
Forward Nikola Kalinić

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Defender Chidozie Awaziem
Defender Tyronne Ebuehi
Defender Kenneth Omeruo
Midfielder Joel Obi
Midfielder John Ogu
Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi
Forward Ahmed Musa
Forward Simy Nwankwo