World Cup Shocker: Croatia Beat Super Eagles 2-0

Croatia have won their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since their debut in the competition in 1998 beating Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday.

Nigeria have lost each of their last seven World Cup games when conceding the first goal.

Croatia start with a real bang. Argentina await them, but Nigeria have to really win against Iceland. Croatia top the group and they played with more understanding and fluidity as the game went on. They are here for the long haul at this World Cup.

Croatia have now won both of their World Cup meetings with African opponents, by an aggregate score of 6-0.

Croatia have scored in each of their last five World Cup games, their longest scoring streak in the competition.

Nigeria have lost their last three World Cup games, their longest run since a run of four between 1998 and 2002.

Croatia’s opening goals at each of the last two World Cups have been own goals -Marcelo in 2014 (Brazil) and Oghenekaro Etebo.

Nigeria became the first team in World Cup history to concede two consecutive own goals in the competition, with their last goal shipped in 2014 also coming in this manner.

Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo had the first shot on target in this match in the 59th minute – the longest wait for a first attempt on target in a World Cup match so far this tournament.