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Summary

  1. Croatia take on Nigeria in Group D
  2. Argentina v Iceland ended in a draw
  3. Croatia's next match is against Argentina on Thursday
  4. Nigeria take on Iceland on Friday

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye day three...

    It'll be over before you know it - so savour these days.

    Before we switch off, check out these nuggets on the BBC World Cup site:

    Video: Messi v Ronaldo: The story so far...

    Story: I didn't expect to be England's World Cup manager - Southgate

    Feature: The making of Uruguay and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez

    Thanks for following the BBC's live text, watching the coverage and for listening to 5 live.

    We go again on Sunday.

  2. Move over Super Saturday, it's Really Super Sunday

    Two of the favourites for this tournament - Brazil and world champions Germany - get their first taste of 2018 action on Sunday. Above is a tweet from Man City striker Gabriel Jesus, perhaps getting some last-minute advice from one of the few players you should be taking last-minute advice from.

    There are three more group matches in total on Sunday. Here's your rundown:

    • Group E Costa Rica v Serbia (13:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live
    • Group F Germany v Mexico (16:00 BST), BBC TV and 5 live
    • Group E Brazil v Switzerland (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live
  3. Watch: Modric doubles Croatia's lead from the penalty spot

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    Video caption: Modric doubles Croatia's lead from the penalty spot
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    Femi: The Super Flops of Nigeria. Disappointing start.

    Anon: So easy for Croatia, they didn't get out of second gear, but made sure to put a shift in defensively and compete hard for headers, tackles and second balls

    Anon: Nigeria obviously need to spend less time choosing suits and more time practising football.

    Nigeria players acknowledges the fans following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Croatia and Nigeria
  5. 'We should have made earlier changes'

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Former Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's a disappointing result and performance, and we only had one effort on goal which was a looping header. Mikel needs to play deeper in the role he is used to with Chelsea and Iwobi needs to play in the middle.

    "I understand the team selection in the first half but we should have changed it when we went 1-0 down. I don't expect to win the World Cup with this young squad but we can improve."

  6. Watch: Etebo own goal gives Croatia the lead against Nigeria

    Very much an ICYMI.

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    Video caption: Etebo own goal gives Croatia the lead against Nigeria
  7. Fact attack: End of match special

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    • Croatia have won their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since their debut in the competition in 1998 (3-1 vs Jamaica).
    • Nigeria have lost each of their last seven World Cup games when conceding the first goal.
    • Croatia have now won both of their World Cup meetings with African opponents, by an aggregate score of 6-0.
    • Croatia have scored in each of their last five World Cup games, their longest scoring streak in the competition.
    • Nigeria have lost their last three World Cup games, their longest run since a run of four between 1998 and 2002.
    • Croatia’s opening goals at each of the last two World Cups have been own goals -Marcelo in 2014 (Brazil) and Oghenekaro Etebo.
    • Nigeria became the first team in World Cup history to concede two consecutive own goals in the competition, with their last goal shipped in 2014 also coming in this manner.
    • Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo had the first shot on target in this match in the 59th minute - the longest wait for a first attempt on target in a World Cup match so far this tournament.
  8. Feel the power Croatia

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

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  9. 'Croatia are here for the long haul'

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Terry Butcher

    Ex-England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

    Croatia start with a real bang. Argentina await them, but Nigeria have to really win against Iceland. Croatia top the group and they played with more understanding and fluidity as the game went on. They are here for the long haul at this World Cup.

    Croatia fans celebrates victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Croatia and Nigeria
  10. FULL-TIME

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Not a great game - I think we can all agree with that.

    But Croatia won't care a jot. The golden generation win their opening match of World Cup 2018.

    Nigeria need a big long huddle between now and their next group game.

    Croatia's players celebrate after during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Croatia and Nigeria
  11. Fact attack

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Croatia's first shot on target from open play came in the 92nd minute.

    Take a bow.

    Croatia's Mateo Kovacic reacts as Nigeria's Francis Uzoho looks on
  12. 'Always good to win your first game'

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Terry Butcher

    Ex-England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

    It's always good when you win your first game at the World Cup because confidence is high. When you lose, as I've done before, it's horrible because you have to pick yourselves up.

  13. CLOSE!

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Another shot on target!!!!

    Mateo Kovacic is put through, but his low shot is easily saved by Francis Uzoho - the Real Madrid midfielder was one-on-one!

    Seconds left.

    Mateo Kovacic
  14. STOPPAGE TIME

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    There are four minutes.

    We've already seen some late action at the World Cup, but I'll give you any odds for 2-2.

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    The levels of noise among the Nigeria fans rises again as both Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses sees efforts blocked.

    Skipper John Obi Mikel is replaced by Crotone striker Simy Nwankwo.

    The final twist for Gernot Rohr.

    Victor Moses sees an effort blocked
  16. SUBSTITUTION

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Mario Mandzukic, who was involved in both goals, is off and is replaced by 22-year-old Juventus winger Marko Pjaca, who spent the latter half of last season on loan at Schalke.

  17. Post update

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Now Ivan Perisic is on the deck after the arm of Nigeria defender Abdullahi Shehu catches the Inter man.

    He's OK though.

    We're into the last six minutes of normal.

    Ivan Perisic
  18. 'It could be three or four'

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    Terry Butcher

    Ex-England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

    Croatia have grown in confidence as the game has worn on. Both teams started off at a blistering pace with a lot of blood and thunder but Croatia have got some skillful players and they have taken control of the game.

    Would Nigeria take 2-0 now because it could be three of four?

    Luka Modric of Croatia
  19. Rate the players

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    We're into the final 10 minutes, so who has caught your eye? Rate the players here.

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  20. Post update

    Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

    The two Nigeria substitutes almost combine to punish Croatia.

    Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho motors down the left and squares the ball to Ahmed Musa, who is just about to shoot but sees his effort blocked by Ivan Strinic's brave tackle.

    Both need treatment - that was crunching.

    Kelechi Iheanacho