Croatia, 20th in the Fifa rankings, finished third in 1998 in what was their first appearance at the World Cup. That squad featured Suker, Bilic, Prosinecki (loved a cigarette in the shower), Boban, Jarni, Simic, Stimac, Tudor… and Silvio Maric – fondly remembered by Newcastle fans.
They have since failed to progress past the group stage in three attempts.
Nigeria are down in 48th, although I suspect they are a tad bit better than that. They have a habit of getting out of the group but then fall short at the last 16 stage – three out of five times, to be exact.
Four years ago they lost 2-0 to France in the first knockout stage.
The two teams have played each other a total of zero times previously.
Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Modric, Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic, Mandzukic.
Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Brozovic, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Nikola Kalinic, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic.
Nigeria: Uzoho, Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, Ndidi, Etebo, Moses, Mikel, Iwobi, Ighalo.
Subs: Ezenwa, Echiejile, Musa, Simy, Iheanacho, Obi, Ogu, Onazi, Awaziem, Ebuehi, Omeruo, Akpeyi.
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Watch HERE – Croatia 2 – 0 Nigeria – All Goals