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Croatia and Nigeria, two teams with loads of talent and a chance to make a run at the 2018 World Cup, play their opening game against each other on Saturday in Group D.
Both teams enter the match healthy and ready to go, both are confident about getting three points and they are also looked at as popular picks for under-the-radar teams to make a run in this competition.
Croatia is really talented in the middle of the field, but can its defense deal with the speed and technical ability of the African nation? Lots of exciting individual matchups in this one, and we’ll see who can control the midfield: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria or Luka Modric of Croatia?
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Croatia gets the matter of Nigeria due to its superior midfield, controlling the match and earning the three points after scoring two goals in the first half. Croatia 2, Nigeria 0.
Who wins Croatia-Nigeria? Visit SportsLine now to see Thomas Rongen’s exclusive World Cup pick, all from the Dutch-American soccer coach who served as chief international scout for the U.S. men’s national team!