World Cup: Heartache for Africa as Nigeria suffer a defeat
Following North African giants Egypt and Morocco’s defeats in their respective Russia 2018 World Cup group matches, there was hope that Nigeria might cause an upset against Croatia.
Oghenekaro Etebo’s own goal and a Luka Modric penalty gave Croatia a winning World Cup start against Nigeria in a Group D match in Kaliningrad.
Uruguay snatched a late winner as they began their World Cup campaign with a dramatic victory over Egypt, who left Mohamed Salah on the bench.
Jose Gimenez headed powerfully into the net in the 90th minute as he met Carlos Sanchez’s free-kick to give the South Americans a winning start in Russia.
Two times African Cup of Nations winning coach Herve Renard saw Morocco suffer a late defeat to Iran.
With the trio, Africa’s hope will be Tunisia and Saido Mane led Senegal.
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