Win puts pressure on Argentina: Croatia's Modric

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Diego Maradona watches from the stands as Argentina draw their World Cup opener with Iceland on 16 June in Moscow.

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has been given a reason to smile after playing a part in his side's defeat to Croatia in their Russian Federation 2018 Group D clash on Saturday. We played for them, this win is for them.

Luka Modric insisted being dubbed the "Golden Generation" has not hampered Croatia in their World Cup preparations, dismissing suggestions the tag has put them under pressure.

"Even worse, we were extremely poor with the ball and were not able to create play", added the former midfielder who won the 1978 FIFA World Cup as part of the Argentine national team. The first game against Croatia has been lost, but we're not out yet. However, a sense of urgency can be the difference here, and it's only a matter of time before Messi has his breakthrough World Cup moment.

Nigeria showed more urgency coming out after the break, but the quality was coming yet again from the Croatians.

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Croatia take on Lionel Messi's Argentina on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod.

With world-class talent such as Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic among their ranks, Croatia have been tipped for a decent run in Russian Federation, but they struggled somewhat during qualifying. "Let them learn from this match, from this defeat". "Spain tried to change the course of the game but we resisted well so we feel good about it", he said.

Modric and Rakitic pushed their team forward and did not allow Nigeria's midfield to reach its fast, young forwards.

Nigeria football players take part in a training session of Nigerian national football team at the Yessentuki Arena, in Yessentuki, southern Russian Federation, on June 13, 2018 ahead of Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

"I hope we will prove all those flattering epithets right and that this generation will get a result with some luck along the way".

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