Quiz! Can you name the Croatia line-up from the 2018 World Cup match against Nigeria?

Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric celebrates scoring a penalty during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Croatia and Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16, 2018.
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Nikola Kalinic was sent home from the Croatian squad in 2018 after the first match against Nigeria. The striker refused to come on as a substitute for manager Zlatko Dalic and paid the price.

We wonder now if Kalinic regrets that. He refused a World Cup silver medal, having played no part in his nation's incredible run to the final and he could have been a part of history. 

What a journey it was, too. Croatia made it out of a group that included Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria, defeated Denmark in the round of 16 on penalties and then were taken all the way by hosts Russia, who they had to beat on spot-kicks to progress to a semi-final against England. We're just going to gloss over that semi-final, however, and mention that even though Croatia lost the final, they had a Golden Ball winner in their ranks. It was a great tournament for them.

And it all began against Nigeria on a balmy night in Kaliningrad. The Kockasti won 2-0 – but who played in that opening match against the Super Eagles?


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.