Croatia beat Nigeria in a game where it was less and more thanks to the contribution of a Rakitic who in the second half led the Croatians with mastery and put them group leaders.
Both teams bet for wanting the ball and in this scenario Croatia felt more uncomfortable.
Not dominating the possession installed them in a situation that collapsed the creation and they did not manage to make the connection between the midfield fluid, with Modric and Rakitic of pivots, and the forwards were fluid.
The occasions, not very clear, alternated, but nobody managed to gain control. When Nigeria was playing better, with Etebo controlling midfield and Moses generating chances, Croatia’s goal came.
At the exit of a corner Mandzukic tops off and when the ball went out bounced on Etebo and entered own door.
In the second half, it was Nigeria who was struggling to bash and the match slowed, although Croatia did not suffer to keep the score in favor.
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But a penalty committed by Ekong on Mandzukic in the 70 ‘took advantage of Modric to sentence. Nigeria sank and Croatia, as if awakened from a lethargy, went on to a much more blatant attack even though the scoreboard did not move anymore.