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An unfortunate own goal by Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebor gifted the Croatians a goal in the 37th minute to end the half a goal up.

"Top, top players, but we have top players in our ranks", Dalic said.

Croatia finished third in its inaugural World Cup - in France in 1998 - but has been eliminated at the group stage in 2002, 2006 and four years ago in Brazil. It would be interesting to see how they fare against Argentina in their second game.

But what other things did we learn from the game?

Nigeria began their 2018 World Cup campaign on a bad note, losing 2-0 to Croatia on Saturday night.

Nigeria have brought the competition's youngest squad to Russian Federation and at times the experience gap showed. He was a mobile and energetic presence in midfield and repaid Rohr's faith.

Just after the half-hour mark, Mandzukic, industrious in his hold-up play, chested a Andrej Kramaric cross back to Ante Rebic, whose fizzing shot was blocked. Mandzukic dives to meet a right-wing corner, but his header comes off Etebo and flies into the bottom corner.

Alex Iwobi was proving a lively presence in attack for Nigeria but after wriggling into space on the left side of the box, he hit a shot directly into a Croatia defender.

Croatia again had their opponents to thank for their second goal, after William Troost-Ekong held Mario Mandzukic back in the penalty area by wrapping both arms around him from behind in a tight embrace that would have done credit to an amorous Cossack.

Modric's gilded right foot guided it to Uzoho's right side.

"It's a disappointing result and performance, and we only had one effort on goal which was a looping header".

"Sometimes we were a little bit naive on set pieces but we will work on it".

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr also dismissed worries players could be targeted by supporters at the World Cup.

"We are only one point behind (Iceland) and all is in our hands so let's be positive".

Andrei Ermak, minister of culture in Kaliningrad, told Russia's Interfax news agency that "fans from Nigeria asked if it's possible to go to the stadium with a chicken, it's their symbol, [and they take] them to matches".

Despite fears pre-match, there was no reports of any racist chanting from among the near-capacity crowd.

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