By Vjekoslav Paun with Croatia
Croatia edged Nigeria on Saturday to go top of Group D at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, one of the toughest and most unpredictable pools in the tournament. Croatia finally won an opening game for the first time in 20 years and one of the players who caused the most problems for the Super Eagles defence was Mario Mandzukic.
Despite their possession advantage Croatia struggled to penetrate the Nigerian defence, but after the half-hour mark a strong diving header from Mandzukic found its way into the net off a defender’s foot. The second goal came from the penalty spot after William Troost-Ekong held Mandzukic back in the penalty area as a corner swung in