Croatia believe their opening game against the Super Eagles at the Russia 2018 World Cup is the “most important”.
The Croats are in Group D of the competition alongside the African team, Argentina and Iceland.
According to the spokesman of the Croatian FA, Pacak Tomislav, the game is important since it will be their first at the showpiece.
“This is one of the toughest groups at the World Cup. Nigeria has the youngest and one of the exciting teams, Argentina have Lionel Messi, who is one of the greatest footballers ever,” he told Brila.
“We know Iceland because they beat us in the qualifiers so, we know how hard this will be.
“All the games are important and the opponents to but, the game against Nigeria will be the most important and particularly because it’s the first match.”
The Europeans finished third in their maiden appearance at the 1998 tournament.