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2018 World Cup: FIFA Investigates Croatia, Nigeria Match |RN

The world governing the body of football, FIFA, has launched a new investigation into the Croatia National Team and Croatian Football Federation, following an incident that occurred during their Group D match against Nigeria on June 16. Telegram.org says Croatian fans displayed the banner of The Ustasha during the game at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

 

The Ustasha – Croatian Revolutionary Movement – was a Croatian fascist, racist, ultranationalist and terrorist organization between 1929 and 1945 and fought for Croatia’s independence and dissolution of Yugoslavia. In a separate case, Ognjen Vukojevic was fined by FIFA as a result of the video in which he stated, “This is a victory for the Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine!” while Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida was warned.

 

The Croatian Football Federation HNS relieved Vukojevic, who scouted the Nigeria National Team and players before Croatia’s World Cup opener, of his duties and had his accreditation revoked

 

An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric helped Croatia to beat Nigeria 2-0.  (The Sun)

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Eagles Send Cameroon Out Of World Cup After Draw |The Republican News

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Idris Adesina

The Super Eagles on Monday ended the Indomitable Lions’ hopes of qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup despite being held 1-1 by the Cameroonians in the reverse fixture of their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header in Yaounde.

With the draw, the Eagles thus amassed four points from the double fixtures having walloped the Cameroonians 4-0 in Uyo on Friday, to extend their lead in Group B to 10 points while Zambia is second with four points. Cameroon is third with three points and Algeria holds the rear with one point.

It was sweet revenge for the Nigerians, who lost the ticket to the 1990 World Cup to the Lions after losing 1-0 in Yaounde in 1989.

A goal from Gent forward, Moses Simon, and a converted penalty from Vincent Aboubakar ensured the two sides shared the points at the StadeOmnisports AhmadouAhidjo.

Eagles coach Gernot Rohr maintained the Uyo starting line-up, with EldersonEchiejile, Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong in defence. Wilfred Ndidi and OgenyiOnazi were in defensive midfield while Moses, Mikel and Moses Simon supported Ighalo in the attack. Ifeanyi Ubah’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa remained in goal.

Just as in the reverse fixture, Cameroon was the livelier of both sides during the early minutes of the game but Nigeria grew into the game with Moses and Ighalo proving a handful for the Lions’ defenders.

However, Nigeria went ahead in the 30th minute after the Lions failed to deal with an Ighalo shot. The ball fell to the Gent man, whose effort evaded some trembling Cameroonian legs before hitting the roof of the net.

The Eagles, however, struggled in the second half and in the 73rd minute, Ezenwa clattered into Djoum and Gambian referee Papa Gassama awarded a penalty, which Abubakar converted.

The hosts searched for a winner but the Eagles held on for a draw over their bitter rivals.Nigeria, however, will wait till they play their last two matches in October against Zambia in Uyo and Algeria in Algiers in November to ensure their qualification to Russia.

The Zambians, who defeated Algeria 3-1 on Saturday, will hope to take their chance to close the gap between them and the Eagles when they play Algeria in Algiers today. A win for the Chipolopolo will take them to seven points – three behind Nigeria. (Punchng.com)

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