Luka Modric will be looking to make a mark at the football’s biggest stage when Croatia open their campaign in the 2018 FIFA World Cup against a gritty Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium on 16th June. While Croatia will have a lot to prove this time around, Nigeria will be eager to cash in on their recent success in the qualification campaign and other friendlies. Given Nigeria’s surprising victory against Argentina, they are likely to fancy their chances of making it to the knockouts. With Argentina and Iceland being the other two sides, every single point and every single goal will be crucial as their group is fittingly expected to be the group of death this time.
For the fans, every game of Group D is expected to be an exciting and intriguing one. Four sides, Iceland, Argentina, Croatia, and Nigeria, will be equally hopeful of making it through to the next round. Croatian fans are expected to turn up in massive numbers as their country boasts of one of one the most active continents this time around. As for the Nigerian fans are concerned, they’re known to be excellent support no matter how their side fairs on the field. To ensure no fan misses out on any action from the field in the first game of their favorite side, we’ve got this little guide covering up everything from schedule to live stream ready.
Streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup game between Croatia and Nigeria won’t be too difficult for the fans where an official broadcast is available. While the Nigerian fans will be having a live stream channel available on Canal+’s official website, the Croatian fans will have to look up to HRT’s official website to get a live stream channel for their first match. Fans from other countries will also have a live stream channel available for the game between Croatia and Nigeria. American fans will have to log in to FOX Sports’ official website which will be up with a live stream channel dedicated entirely to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Croatia vs Nigeria online streaming
Fans from the subcontinent will have to tune get the Sony LIV app to live stream the Croatia Nigeria game easily on their choice of device. beIN Sports will also be up with its high-quality live stream 15 minutes before the kick off for fans across the entire MENA region. For fans where no official live stream is available, watching Croatia against Nigeria won’t be difficult by any means. They can live stream the match easily by using any of the VPN Gateways available on the internet. With the rise of sticky bundles, fans can also watch Croatia vs Nigeria game on any of the top sticky bundles like PlayStation Vue, fuboTV, or Sling TV.
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The all-important Group D game between Croatia and Nigeria is scheduled for a late night kick off at 21:00 local time on 16th June. It will be last of four games scheduled to be played on 16th of June, the only day in the first week when four games will be played out. The venue, Kaliningrad Stadium, is still under construction and is being built solely for hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup games. Post the 2018 FIFA World Cup; the Kaliningrad Stadium will replace the Baltika Stadium as the home of Russian club, FC Baltika Kaliningrad.
While Croatia will be relying on their senior players, Nigeria will be pinning their hopes on a few youngsters who have been impressive for their teams in the top European leagues. Here is a little glance at how both sides may line up against each other.
The goalkeeping gloves are expected to be taken care of by AS Monaco’s Danijel Subašić. The defense lineup will rely on Vrsaljko, Lovren, and Vida. Midfield will be their match area with Captain Luka Modric at the helm of it along with Ivan Perisic and Rakitic supporting him. The frontline will rely heavily on Juve’s Mario Mandzukic as others present in the line up are not much experienced.
Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, is expected to continue with his duty in front of the goal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well. The defense lineup will be pivoted on Elderson Echiéjilé and Kenneth Omeruo with a few other young names alongside. Nigeria’s skipper, John Obi Mikel, will also be found marshaling the midfield along with Ndidi and Victor Moses. Their front line will have quite a few options including the likes of Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Ahmed Musa.
2018 FIFA World Cup is yet again expected to break all viewership records for all its Official Broadcaster. Croatia against Nigeria will be the fourth game of 16th June. A live official broadcast for the same will start soon after the game between Iceland and Argentina comes to an end. All the channels, FOX Sports to America, beIN Sports for the MENA nations, Sony for Asian Subcontinent, Canal+ for Africa, DirecTV for the Caribbean, BBC and ITV for the UK, and all other major official broadcasters will be having a preview show for Croatia and Nigeria game along with the review show of Argentina and Iceland with their respective panel of experts. If the schedule is to be considered, the coverage for Croatia and Nigeria will begin at 20:15 Local Time on 16th June on almost every official broadcaster’s channel.