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Croatia to ask Ivan Rakitic for advice on how to stop Messi
“Of course, Rakitic will be my assistant for the next three days and we will certainly look for some advice on how to stop Messi,” he said.”I always ask my players about such things, about anything and everything, I love communicating and accepting every tip I can get.”He likes it too, Ivan will tel
Croatia muffles Nigeria’s young guns
AFPKALININGRAD, Russia (AFP-Jiji) — A Luka Modric penalty and an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo gave former semifinalists Croatia an easy 2-0 win over Nigeria in their World Cup Group D opener on Saturday.In Russia’s sleepy European exclave of Kaliningrad — perhaps best known for its nuclear missile
'Super Eagles working hard to put things right' after Croatia loss
Nigeria players have reacted to their defeat to Croatia, assuring that they are 'working hard to put things right.' Gernot Rohr's men conceded a goal in each half in their opening World Cup game at the Kaliningrad Stadium to the disappointment of the nation's faithful. Rooted to the bottom of Group
Dejan Lovren reveals inspiration behind Croatia's winning start to 2018 World Cup campaign
No sooner had Croatiaswept aside Nigeriawith ominous ease than Dejan Lovren, their defensive linchpin, disclosed that they were receiving pep talks from the celebrated 1998 team in a quest for another surge to the World Cup semi-finals or beyond.
Turkish cargo ship sinks off Croatia, crew evacauted
In this file photo taken on January 27, 2018, workers unload food assistance provided by UNICEF from a cargo ship in the Red Sea port of Hodeida, a key entry point for United Nations aid to war-torn Yemen. / AFP
World Cup 2018: Why Lionel Messi holds no fear for Dejan Lovren and Croatia
As Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand know, if you are a golden generation, you need, at some point, to shine. For the Croatia of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren, all nearing or past their 30th birthday, time is nearly up.
Mikel: Nigeria Must Return To Drawing Board After Croatia Defeat
And former Chelsea midfielder Mikel, who captains Gernot Rohr's side, acknowledged Nigeria must improve ahead of their clash with Iceland on Friday.
FC Barcelona News: 17 June 2018; Lionel Messi Frustrated in Draw, France, Croatia Win
Own goal sees France edge Australia | FIFAThe third matchday of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ began with the Group C encounter between France and Australia in Kazan. Although Les Bleus made a bright start, stars Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba andAntoine Griezmannwere unable to capitalise on their chanc
Own goal, penalty enables Croatia to 2 0 win Nigeria
Just three days into the World Cup, the scrappy goal added to what is becoming a pattern, following a Moroccan own goal that handed victory to Iran on Friday and a deflected Paul Pogba effort that earned France a 2-1 win over Australia earlier on Saturday.
FIFA 2018: Croatia needs own goal, penalty to overcome Nigeria
FIFA 2018: Croatia needs own goal, penalty to overcome NigeriaCroatia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday with an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric to go top of World Cup Group D, one of the toughest and most unpredictable in the tournament.
Predicting Argentina vs Croatia & Nigeria
Argentina drew their opening game of the 2018 World Cup with Iceland. The game finished 1-1 with the most suprising part been Messi missing what could have been the winning goal. Was this Messi’s opportunity to really settle his and the teams nerves ?! I really hope he can turn things around vs Croa
Nigeria boss after Croatia loss: 'We can do better'
"When you lose a match it is something we don't like but we recognise that Croatia had the better team tonight and my young players made some mistakes," said Rohr. "The first goal is coming on a corner, the second one also on a corner and a penalty.
Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1; Croatia beats Nigeria
The French team was given a controversial penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline.
A Win Is a Win: Zlatko Dalic Praises His Croatia Side After World Cup Victory Over Nigeria
Dalic's side put in a below par performance, despite their victory, but the manager was keen to defend his men when speaking to reporters in the post-match press conference.
Nigeria Boss Gernot Rohr Defends His Tactical Choices After Poor Display in Croatia Loss
"I think the organisation was okay," he said, perGoal. "We didn't concede from normal play, we conceded from set-pieces.
Argentina have to play to win, warns Croatia captain Modric
Zlatko Dalic's side face Argentina, who were held 1-1 by Iceland following Messi's missed penalty in their opening match, on Thursday knowing a win will see them progress to the knockout rounds.
Modric scores 1, sets up another as Croatia tops Nigeria 2-0
KALININGRAD, Russia -- Even in a more defensive role,Luka Modriccan still lead the attack.
'Naive' Nigeria youth schooled by Croatia master Modric - World Soccer Talk
Nigeria, knowing they were always likely to struggle for possession against a central one-two of Modric and Ivan Rakitic, were content to sit back and allow Croatia to come to them.
Luka Modric: Croatia win puts pressure on Argentina to win Group D showdown
With Argentina talisman missing his own penalty attempt earlier in the day, Modric was asked if he was nervous before his own spot kick. And though the man of the match denied any butterflies, he was certainly relieved afterwards.
Modric ready for Argentina challenge after scripting Croatia victory
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Croatia vs Nigeria - Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia - June 16, 2018 Croatia's Luka Modric scores their second goal from a penalty REUTERS/Murad Sezer