The final fixture on Day 3 of World Cup 2018 sees Croatia take on Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Russia, where the teams play their opening Group D contest.
This will be the fifth World Cup the Croats have participated in, and they will hope to improve on their three most recent tournaments, all of which saw them lose their opening contest, before crashing out at the group stage.
The one time they did win their first fixture was during their debut at France 98, when they registered a 3-1 win over Jamaica and qualified second in their group, and eventually finished third after beating the Netherlands in the third-place play-off.
The Super Eagles have also got off to a slow start at their three most recent World Cup appearances, losing to Argentina in 2002 and 2010, while drawing 0-0 with Iran four years ago in Brazil, and a fast start could be imperative to their prospects of reaching the knockout stage given they will next face an unknown quantity in Iceland, before re-acquainting themselves with old foes Argentina.
Match commentary comes from Jon Champion and Ally McCoist.
Saturday, June 16 – TV Schedule
11.00 (BBC) France v Australia
14.00 (ITV) Argentina v Iceland
17.00 (BBC) Peru v Denmark
20.00 (ITV) Croatia v Nigeria
The running order for this week’s edition of Match of the Day is as follows: 1. Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur; 2. Norwich City v Newcastle United; 3. Southampton v Liverpool; 4. Arsenal v Burnley. 5. Aston Villa v Bournemouth;… Read more
BT Sport will broadcast the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Burnley this afternoon. It will be the first of five league matches to be shown on live TV this weekend. The Clarets head to the Emirates Stadium full of… Read more
The Champions League and Europa League holders face-off this evening as Liverpool meet Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final. This is the first all-English UEFA Super Cup, though it is the fifth time in six seasons domestic rivals have… Read more