Croatia Defender, Corluka: Beating ‘Tricky Nigeria’ Will Boost Our Chances Of Reaching Russia 2018 2nd Round

Croatia Defender, Corluka: Beating ‘Tricky Nigeria’ Will Boost Our Chances Of Reaching Russia 2018 2nd Round

Croatia and Locomotive Moscow defender, Vedran Corluka, believes that defeating Nigeria in their opening Group D game at the 2018 World Cup will boost their chances of qualifying for the next round of the tournament, (CSN) reports.
Croatia have failed to advance to the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup competition in their last two appearances. Corluka, 31, a former Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur defender who is a major doubt for the tournament due to his leg injury, however, hopes Croatia’s fortunes will change for the bettee in Russia.
Croatia will face Nigeria in their first Group D game before taking on Argentina and Iceland. They will be bidding to reach the knockout stages of the tournament for the second time, after France 1998, in their fourth appearance at the World Cup.
“I would like to see the Croatian team pay attention to Nigeria because they are the first opponent in Russia, and it will be tough against the tricky team from Africa,” Corluka told
“Getting past Nigeria will be the toughest, but a win over Nigeria can give us a big boost before other games against Argentina and Iceland.
“Hopefully, Argentina can start well with a win and we can take it from there.
“We (Croatia) have a good and strong team for sure, and there are talents. We always say this before every major tournament, but in fact it does not always work out, so I hope that we will fulfill the task in Russia.”


  • Achi 1 year ago

    You’ve got potentials, that’s all. You can’t get past Nigeria. Continue to dream, Croatia will be tamed.

  • Sweet dream indeed. It will be great Nigeria getting pass Croatia and hope Iceland beat Argentina in the very first match. Then first match losers will meet while first match winners will meet in the second match of group D. Its going to be fun indeed. Nigeria vs Argentina and Croatia vs Iceland in the last match of the group stage will indeed be interesting. Nigeria and Iceland qualify from the group to pkaybin round if 16. Argentina/Messi and Croatia/Luka heading home. How about that Mr Vedran Corluka the dreamer!!!! I don’t know why these Croatians will never stop talking about beating Nigeria. It is a subtle form of racism. There are other teams in the group but it is Nigeria they want to beat and they will be satisfied even if they do not qualify from the group. Which kind peoples be these sef. Nigeria is now a feared team after beating Argentina in that friendly in Russia. They are not even looking at the FIFA ranking!!!!! Na wa for football.