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Minute By Minute: Nigeria Vs Croatia

*Both teams met at the Suwon Invitational tournament in South Korea, with Croatia winning 3-2.

The national anthems of both nations are being sang now. First, the Croatian anthem, and now Nigeria's.

The players observe parade of handshakes now.


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Both teams are in the knock out stages.

FT: Croatia 2-1 Nigeria.

90+3- The Croatian side win as the final whistle sounds. The Croats are into the Round of 16 for the first time in their history.

90+2- The Nigerians are handed a lifeline to secure a draw but a cross meant was too much for his long leg to control. Out of touch. Goal kick for Croatia.
Freekick Nigeria. They get a throw in quick succession.

90+3- Three minutes of added time confirmed by the stadium announcer. Akpan Udoh clears the ball from danger.

89- Samuel Chukwueze takes down the ball with a stylish control from a Kelechi Nwakali lofted pass but the ball is cleared.

90' Delic comes in to replace Lovren for Croatia

87- Chukwueze flagged offside.

John Lazarus concedes a freekick.

85- Croatia counter but a loose pass allows the Eaglets to recover.

85- Victor Osimhen nearly punishes a sloppy defending but the keeper denies him.

Samuel Chukwueze gets his chance but the ball is cleared for a corner. The Croats on the ropes now.

83- Kingsley Michael wins Nigeria a corner but Samper wins the ball

83- Excellent work by Nikola Moro but Basic miscues. It could have been another Croatia goal.

Freekick for the Nigerians who now commit one themselves.

The Croatian team are attacking the Nigerians from the world champions' right side of defence.

75- Osimhen crosses the ball into the edge of the Croatian box but the eagle-eyed Croatian defenders put out the the threat.

74- The Nigerians concede a corner but thr ball is out of Nigeria's territory anyway.

73- Lukman Zakari is doing a good job but the Nigerians lose the possession as Lazarus chases a through pass.

76' Micheal comes in to replace Agor for Nigeria

74' Durasek comes in to replace Dira for Croatia

68- John Lazarus wins Nigeria a freekick. And now a throw to the Eaglets.

64- Croatia left full back, Sosa, is down injured and requires a stretcher. He is taken out of the pitch while Nigeria get a throw.

63- Lazarus heads the ball out for a throw. Croatia counter but the play is broken by the Nigerians.

65- Nigeria get a goal-kick but Croatia on the move yet again. Its throw-in to the Europeans but the ball is cleared now.

65- Nigeria concedes a goal-kick. The Europeans build from the rear and get a throw-in.

63- Brekalo shoots after an agonising moment for all Nigerian fans. Akpan Udoh gathers the ball on second attempt. Essien wins Nigeria a freekick now.

61- Chukwueze makes a darting run, he finds Chukwudi Agor but the latter's shot is not powerful enough. Samper saves for Croatia.

60' Essien comes in to replace Osikel for Nigeria

60- A Samuel Chukwueze incisive pass to Osimhen is cut out. A chance wasted.

58- Joel Osikel is booked for a foul. The tide has changed, Nigeria no longer favourites to win this game.

55- Nigeria attack their opponents but the Europeans recover.

Goal for Croatia. Karlo Majic converts after a sloppy defending.

53- Nigeria clear their lines and win a freekick now. Dira the culprit there. A substitution for Nigeria now.

53 Madueke comes in to replace Ebere For Eaglets

48- GOAL! Croatia equalise. The Croatia skipper turns John Lazarus inside out and finds Brekalo who fires into a gaping net. 1-1.

48- Nigeria concede a freekick. Kelechi Nwakali the culprit. The ball flies to the top of the post.

47- The Nigerians pass the ball around. A long punt is chased down by Osimhen but Samper in Croatia goal clears.

45- The teams are back on the pitch. Nigeria kick off the second half but concede a throw..

HT: The referee blows the whistle for half time.

45-+1- Lazarus takes his eyes off the ball, Croatia get a corner. Their move into the Nigerian half fails to yield results.

45- Lazarus concede a throw-in. David Enogela now gifts the Croatian side a corner

41- Akpan Udoh shows his finger tips and gifts the Croatian team a corner. He pushes the ball away for yet another corner.

40- The low freekick is tipped over the line for a corner by Akpan Udoh. Croatia win back possession.

38- Croatia's Sosa goes on a mazy run but Samuel Chukwueze tracks back to defend and kicks the ball away. The Eaglets are on the march again. Oh they concede a freekick at the edge of the 18-yard box. Chukwudi Agor, the culprit.

36- Victor Osimhen controls the ball with his chest, swivels and unleashes an unstoppable shot on the volley but it is not quite on target. Class!

34- Croatia's corner not coming to fruition as the Nigerian defenders get behind the ball with alertness.

33- Medical attention is required for John Lazarus. The game goes on. Throw-in for Nigeria.

30- Chukwudi Agor wins a freekick for Nigeria. But the Croats get theirs though John Lazarus, Nigeria's right back seems to come out worse.

28- Nigeria concede a throw-in and now a corner. .

27-Corner for Nigeria. Nodded away. Emmanuel Amunike barks out instructions on the touchline. Nigeria clear their lines.

25- Joel Osikel defends well but concedes a throw-in.

The Nigerians are passing the ball with confidence. The stuff of champions.

They get a throw-in now.

22- Nigeria gets a goal-kick. And counter again with Osinachi Ebere winning Nigeria a corner; the first for the Eaglets in the game. Irs a short one and the ball is cleared.

20- GOAL! Nigeria score first goal. Victor Osimhen rounds the Croatia keeper and slots home his fourth goal of the World Cup.

19- Nigeria counter from a Croatia corner. Captain Kingsley Nwakali wins a freekick but now counter.

15- Samuel Chukwueze sets Victor Osimhen with a glorious pass. The striker beats the keeper, Samper, but the ball hits the under of the post, bounces out and to the waiting hands of the young keeper.

13- Croatia skipper Moro jumps unchallenged to head the ball but it rolls agonisingly wide. Relief to the Nigerian defence.

12- Pandemonium in the Nigerian defence. Ejike Ikwu clears for a corner. Another corner to the Europeans.

10- Osinachi Ebere fouled. Croatia in possession of the ball but lose it now

4- Osimhen's foot were up, dangerous play. Freekick to Croatia.

The Europeans are using the right side of Nigerian defence to make incursions. Corner to Croatia but an ambitious long range shot from a Croat is wasted.

4- Chukwudi Agor concedes a throw-in against Nigeria. The Eaglets get a freekick now. Agor fouled.

3- The Golden Eaglets top striker Victor Osimhen flagged offside.

Croatia launch another fast break but get a corner, Lukman Zakari deflecting a cross into a corner.

2- Croatia counter but Nigeria keeper Akpan Udoh clears

1- Croatia kick off the game.


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