Victor Moses is trending on Twitter as Nigeria loses to Croatia in its first 2018 World Cup match

June 16, 2018
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Super Eagles Player, Victor Moses

Tonight, Nigeria's Super Eagles played against Croatia in their first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Nigerians and indeed friends of Nigeria from around the world were very optimistic about the match.


The own goal

Thirty one minutes into the match, Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal, giving Croatia a 1-0 lead against Nigeria.


Meanwhile Nigerian winger, Victor Moses failed to hold his own on the pitch

Victor Moses' consistent falls was trending on social media.

Then Alex Iwobi was replaced with Ahmed Musa

At about the 62nd minute, Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi was substituted for Ahmed Musa, to Nigerians' disappointment.

The penalty that led to a second goal

Nigeria's William Troost-Ekong was booked in the 70th minute for pulling back Croatia's Mario Mandzukic. This led to a penalty kick played by Luca Modic and Croatia's second goal.


Iheanacho finally replaced Ighalo

73 minutes into the game, Odion Ighalo was substituted for Kelechi Iheanacho. A move which many Nigerians believed should have come earlier.

Other reactions

The match finally ended with a 2-0 triumph, in favour of Croatians. Nigerians believe that the Super Eagles could have done better and are optimistic about their next match against Icelend on June 22.

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