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Russia 2018 World Cup: Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 to go top of the Group D

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Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0

Russia 2018 World Cup: Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 to go top of the Group D

The Super eagles of Nigeria slumped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup as Croatia impressed on Saturday night at Kaliningrad Stadium.

Oghenekaro Etebo’s own goal and Luka Modric goal from the spot gave Croatia a winning start in their World Cup campaign.

Croatia tagged by many as dark horses for the tournament were in control for much of the game, and took a deserved lead into the interval before Luka Modric tucked home a second-half penalty to wrap up three crucial early points in the tournament.

There may have been an element of fortune about the opening goal as Mario Mandzukic’s header was deflected into his own net by Oghenekaro Etebo after 32 minutes, but it was the least Croatia deserved as Nigeria failed to rise to the occasion.

The Super Eagles offered little of note going forward, with Chelsea’s Victor Moses resorting to a number of theatrical falls while Alex Iwobi was taken off after a quiet hour of football for the Arsenal playmaker.

Croatia kept pressing for another goal to make the game safe, and they got their reward from the penalty spot after Leon Balogun inexplicably wrestled Mandzukic to the floor at a corner with 19 minutes remaining.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo finally breaks goal drought at Juventus, scores a brace against Sassuolo (Videos)

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Cristiano Ronaldo has finally broken his duck for Juventus after he scored his first and second goals against Sassuolo on Sunday at the Allianz Stadium.

The 33-year-old Portuguese went three games without scoring for the Turin-based side after moving to the Italian club in July. But in today’s clash, it took the striker only 15 minutes to get his brace in the clash which ended 2 – 1 in favour of Juventus.

Watch the goals below.

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Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal in January

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SPORTS – Mesut Ozil’s days at Arsenal appear to be numbered, with Turkish giants Fernerbache set to make a shock move for the midfielder in January.

The 29-year-old’s long-term future at the Emirates Stadium looks uncertain, having so far failed to show the work ethic manager Unai Emery requires from his players.

Ozil signed a new contract worth £350,000 a week at the end of last season, but could be on his way out before the season ends.

Fenerbache have emerged as shock frontrunners to sign the German in the January window, as they look to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding his future.

According to Turkish news outlet, Fotomac, Fenerbache are leading the chase for the midfielder with Manchester United also understood to be monitoring his situation.

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Serena Williams looks unbothered as she shares first photo with her daughter Olympia after U.S. Open loss

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Tennis superstar, Serena Williams, who lost to Naomi Osaka at Saturday’s U.S. Open final looked unbothered as she shared first photo with her daughter Olympia after the controversial clash.

Serena Williams is pictured in the photo, posing with her adorable daughter as they relax on a couch.

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