This Wednesday’s Group D encounter between Nigeria and Croatia should make for fascinating viewing. The African side are on a high after their emphatic 5-0 demolition of Guatemala, while Croatia will be looking to redress the balance following their unexpected 2-0 defeat to underdogs Saudi Arabia.
Croatia may have gone down against Saudi Arabia but coach Ivan Grnja remains optimistic about his side’s chances: “We’ve got two games still to play and we just need to perform better than we did in the first match.” To do that, the 62 year-old will have to address the issue of a misfiring attack that got off 15 shots against Saudi Arabia without finding the back of the net.
2 – The number of goals Nigeria need to become the top-scoring African side in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Current leaders Ghana have 55 to their name, giving Obuh’s men an extra incentive to keep the goals flowing.
Zvonko Pamic, Croatia midfielder: “We were unlucky against Saudi Arabia. We had a number of chances to score, and now we have to beat Nigeria in a much harder game. They’re an excellent side, as we all know, but we can win if we improve our performance.”