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2018 World Cup: Nigeria Loses To Croatia 2-0…. Own Goal From Oghenekaro Etebo Gives Super Eagles A Blow In Russia

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles started the 2018 World Cup campaign with a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the hands of one-time semi-finalist Croatia inside the Kaliningrad Stadium in Russia.

The Super Eagles went a goal down in the first half courtesy an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and Luka Modric converted a penalty to seal three points for the Europeans.

Nigeria’s number one sports newspaper, SportingLife guides you through the performances of the players with how they rated individually.

Francis Uzoho

The Deportivo La Coruna reserve team goalkeeper made his first save after the Super Eagles have gone 2-0 down. A strange situation for the 19-year-old who saved a tame last minute one-on-one effort from Real Madrid star Mateo Kovačić. 6/10

Leon Balogun

The newly signed Brighton defender troubled the Croats during set plays and was good with playing out from the back but was guilty of leaving too much space for the forwards especially Andrej Kramarić. 5/10

William Troost-Ekong

Ekong was good on the ball and was strong in ariel battle in both penalty areas but was clumsy with his tackle on Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic which drew a penalty. 4/10

Brian Idowu

The FC Amkar Perm wing-back made a swift interception early in the game but never provided any support through the flanks in attack. 5/10

Abdullahi Shehu

The Bursaspor defender was given a torrid time in the first half by Ante Rebić and most of the Croatian attacks came from the right side of the Nigerian defence. 5/10

Oghenekaro Etebo

He was unfortunate to get the own goal registered in his name but he had a good game and full of energy. The newly signed Stoke City player was one of the best performances on show for the Eagles. 7/10

Onyinye Ndidi

The Leicester City defensive midfielder had an average game. Not his best in the Eagles colours. 5/10

Mikel Obi

Eagles Captain Mikel looked lively throughout the first half but lacked the killer pass to open the opponents. The former Chelsea midfielder failed to help dictate the pace of the match. 5/10

Victor Moses

The Chelsea wing-back was the most fouled player on the pitch and it was mostly because he held on to the ball for too long. His final balls were not good enough at the times when he found himself free. 6/10

Alex Iwobi

Iwobi did not influence the game like he normally does for the Eagles. The Arsenal midfielder had a shot blocked in the first half and found it even harder to unlock the defense. 5/10

Odion Ighalo

The Changchun Yatai of China forward celebrated his 29th birthday but had limited service to cause any damage to the Croatians. 4/10


Ahmed Musa

Musa came in for Iwobi but was not effective. He had a wayward cross which flew into the night skies.3/10

Kelechi Iheanacho

The former Manchester City forward replaced Ighalo and immediately had a shot off target. 5/10

Simy Nwankwo

The Crotone of Italy giant striker was on for just three minutes and it wasn’t enough for him to impact the game or get a rating. N/R



  1. Danti

    June 16, 2018 at 10:35 PM

    They tried their best! I was not expecting the eagles to beat Croatia, they are tall and tough.

  2. Shola Animashaun

    June 16, 2018 at 10:58 PM

    I agree @Danti they used height to cheat us. We will soon bounce back

    • DB

      June 17, 2018 at 6:19 PM

      Like seriously?! They cheated you with height? You are a full blooded Nigerian, typical excuses for failings. Just wondering what you would have said if the result was the other way round

  3. fifelomo

    June 16, 2018 at 11:05 PM

    Nigeria jersey is 2 fine 0

    • Jummy Adeoye

      June 16, 2018 at 11:09 PM

      lol @ fifelomo. God save Nigeria

  4. Royalhommie

    June 16, 2018 at 11:46 PM

    One good turn deserve another
    But never another bad turn again

  5. HOD

    June 17, 2018 at 7:27 AM

    na fashion parade we go do for Russia n na football den dey play dr no b fashion parade

  6. Mon

    June 17, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Nigeria defeated themselves……good players without a TEAM

  7. bravo

    June 17, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    na them sabi

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