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Tactics: How can Nigeria beat Croatia?

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 By Reuters

Nigeria boss after Croatia loss: 'I think we can do better than what we did today'

The FC panel assess Croatia's complete performance against Nigeria and what message it sends to the rest of Group D.

KALININGRAD, Russia -- Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr says his young side can "do better" than what they produced in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Croatia in their Group D opener in Kaliningrad.

The youthful Super Eagles' deficiencies on set pieces were exploited by an experienced Croatia squad while the attack created very little offensively.

"When you lose a match it is something we don't like but we recognise that Croatia had the better team tonight and my young players made some mistakes,"...

3 Takeaways from Nigeria's loss to Croatia

One own-goal and one penalty was more than enough to condemn Nigeria to defeat against Croatia in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday in Kaliningrad.

It was not the start Gernot Rohr and his players had hoped for, but it was one they deserved as familiar failings returned to haunt the team in a performance that was as lethargic as it was painful.

Here are three observations from a disappointing night for Nigeria...

CURSE OF THE SET-PIECE REMAINS
Set-pieces. The eternal curse of...

Etebo the only bright light in dire Nigeria display

Nigeria ensured that Africa's teams went 0-3 at the World Cup as they put on a lifeless display and were duly swatted aside by a Croatia side who ran out 2-0 winners.

The defeat leaves the Super Eagles with much to do to escape Group D, particularly with Argentina to come in their final first-round match, although the nature of the performance may well be of greater concern to coach Gernot Rohr.

Positives

There were precious few for the Super Eagles, who failed to translate the excitement and energy...

Opposition scouting report: How can Nigeria beat Croatia?

Ed Dove discusses what fans can expect from Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Group D has the potential to be one of the tightest in the tournament, with the traditional heavyweights battling internal concerns and the would-be underdogs cultivating decent reasons for optimism.

You sense that every game - and every point - will matter in this group, and as such, it's imperative that Nigeria avoid defeat when they face Croatia in Kaliningrad in Saturday's group opener.

In this feature, Queens Park Rangers opposition analyst and ex-Zambia assistant coach Irfan Kawri offers his...