Russia 2018

Eagles are Croatia’s ‘most difficult opponent’ – Kramarić

The Blazers of Croatia striker Andrej Kramarić considers the Super Eagles of Nigeria as the toughest rival in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Hoffenheim forward believes the three-time African Champions will be a hard nut to crack when they battle the Croats in their World Cup opening fixture.

”Nigeria – the most difficult opponent for us, because with it we will hold the first match in the tournament,” Kramaric told Sport Express Russia.

”It is very important to start very well. In addition, we expect a difficult match against Argentina. This is a very strong opponent.

”Everything is great, we are concentrated, feel team spirit and unity. We need to prepare well for the first game.”

Worthy of note, the Europeans have failed to win in their last three opening games at the Mundial. They lost 1-0 to Brazil in 2002, suffered defeat by another lone goal margin to Mexico in 2006, and were beaten 3-1 by Brazil in the 2014 edition.

Nigeria will take on Croatia at the Kalinlingard Stadium on June 16.

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