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Neymar Back With A Bang As Brazil Outclass Nigeria’s World Cup Foes Croatia

Neymar Back With A Bang As Brazil Outclass Nigeria’s World Cup Foes Croatia

By James Agberebi:
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar made a goal-scoring return after a long injury layoff as he netted in Brazil’s 2-0 win against Nigeria’s Group D World Cup opponents Croatia in Sunday’s friendly at Anfield.

Neymar, who had been out injured since breaking his foot in February, was introduced at the start of the second half.

On parade for Croatia were stars like Luka Modric of Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona, Dejan Lovren of Liverpool and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.

Neymar opened the scoring in the 69th minute to put Brazil 1-0 ahead after tricking two Croatia defenders before spearing a shot into the top corner.

 Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino wrapped the game up with a 93rd minute goal.

Brazil have now won three of their four encounters against Croatia, drawing one.

The defeat was Croatia’s second in their last three friendly games (won one) ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

Croatia’s next friendly game is against World Cup-bound Senegal at home on Friday.

They will open their 2018 World Cup campaign against Nigeria on June 16 in Group D.

COMMENTS

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  • Steve 5 months ago

    The croatian’s are big , very tall and strong with the ball.The Eagles must make sure that our two right and left backs are equal to the task, because they musty attack from the wings.We should also use wings on them , Musa and Victor moses should be the one to do the damage and I expect simmy to be the point man than Ighalo!!..simmy is very tall, good with the head and can anticipate potential goal scoring opportunity than Ighalo .Again we must be wary of conner kicks as the croatian’s are tall and good with the head , that is why I want simmy to start ahead it Ighalo to also help in the defense ahead of crosses!!…please Onazi and Joel Obi should never play that match , I wish they were replaced by nwakali and usman mohammed, that could have given us young and pacy midfielders to compliment Mikel experience!!

    • Oh i’m just laughing. Once we Nigerians dislike someone, ha! the person is in trouble. Nevermind Steve, Onazi and Joel Obi are big players, they will surely deliver at the world cup. Don’t judge them base on England match.

  • Victor 5 months ago

    Who is talking about nwakali and usman when nwakali found it difficult to start matches for a relegation threatened vv venlo before he was loaned out to a second division mvv mastricht in holland or usman who is a free agent, this is the best set of players we can offer for this tournament with the exception of echijiele, what the need is only our support and believe we will win croatia because we have good records against the european teams in the world cup
    #go super eagles

    • Cappaccino 5 months ago

      My guy sometimes these European teams do not want to give chances to young African players to play not because they are not good but because they are black. Look at what happened to Iheanacho he was sold off by Man city even with his good performance, in Leicester City Rohr had to beg Puel to make him a regular starter so as to prepare him for the World cup. Those African players who are lucky to even be regulars because of their outstanding displays in their position, will be dropped down the pecking order once they have an injury (Onyekuru), I am sure the same would have happened to Ndidi. Those coaches that do not discriminate, e.g Wenger by the time they leave the next coach will be pressured to sell them off. Trust me our dear Iwobi has the ability he has to play today because Wenger gave him the chance if not he would be in one low rated team playing. Don’t always Judge our players by the team they play or if they had good playing time because getting in the line up ahead of a white man is not easy expect you are notably outstanding in your wing of play. And that’s what Musa is hanging on to in CSKA MOSCOW, he has had a row with his coach severally because of his treatment in the club. Even our coaches out there doing find it easy with these white men, e.g Oliseh thank God for wisdom he gave to him if not he would be used and dumped.

  • Did anybody see that Croatia team? very strong and tall. I watched the match live and i must admit the Eagles need to prepare very well, especially that Modric in their mildfied. Nigeria need someone that can break play like Casemero did today. In a nutshell their midfield and attacks is very good. Well, let’s see how they play in their friendly match against Senegal on Friday. Just pray our coach get his tactics right on that day and I am sure we will smile by his grace.

    • PapaFem 5 months ago

      @tayo, we shouldn’t press any panic button at this stage. The Croatian team I watched today was above average but beatable. My only fear is the time it takes the Super Eagles to settle into games. Croatia’s main strength is their midfield. If their rhythm in that area is disrupted, it will be difficult for them to score goals. Genot Rohr should get his tactics right, from the word go. I’ll suggest a 3-5-2 formation where we can always have a spare player up there to do the dirty job. Ogu, Ndidi, Mikel and Iwobi may not all start the match, but their contribution is highly needed in that match. Ogu can be on the left side of the 3-man defence. Balogun at the centre and Ekong on the right. Leon’s lack of pace is of big concern to me. But with the support of Ogu and Ekong, I don’t see much problem. For the wing backs , I’ll prefer Ebuehi to Abdullahi. He is fast, strong and skillful, as against Abdullahi, who is given to errors and adds little going forward. Idowu isn’t bad too. Just that he needs to be a little more mobile and decisive on the ball. Moses should provide the needed attacking width. While Musa can come in later. With either Simmy or Ighalo holding the CF position, we shouldn’t have much problem dealing with the Croats.

  • Kweli 5 months ago

    @ Cappaccino, I agree with you. Racism is what is costing our talents playing time. No question. Iheanacho was doing much better than Sterling at Man City, but Pep gave him less time and he faded. Same at Leicester. Same with Musa. When Yaya Toure was at his peak and scored the best goal, they gave it to Rooney. He should have been awarded the PFA Player of the Year at that time. I think younger talents like Nwakali will meet the same fate. Very sad.

  • You say Croatians are tall and strong, like they dont have short players, is modric tall and strong? As if there are no tall and strong players in our own team. Mikel, ndidi, leon, ekong, ogu, uzoho, simi, omeruo are not short and weak players by any strech of d imagination. Thats if only being tall and strong can win u games. Learn to value and appreciate what u have, those that were praising casemiro for being able to break up play should remember we have a player in ndidi thats far better than d brazillian in that regard, ndidi was d best tackler in d epl last season, he was so good even kante couldnt catch up. If he was white or a brazillian d likes of r.madrid and barca would have been falling over themselves for his signature. But I glad he is black and also a nigerian. Point is Casemiro cant hold a candle to ndidi in terms of breaking up play, so if croatia couldnt deal with casemiro, then they are in a helluva trouble if ndidi shows up in our starting eleven against them on matchday. I will only focus on our strenghts and hope d eagles consistently use them to devastating effect in d worldcup finals.

  • Sunnyb 5 months ago

    Emmy, no mind them, Ndidi is far better than  casemero Nigeria will better Croatia silly, we  have better and bigger players, let’s appreciate our fine and very skillful players.guys with Iheanacho, Musa, Shehu Echiejile Onazi and Joel Obi the Cup is ours.