Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup group D opponents Croatia and Iceland lost their friendly matches on Saturday, March 24.
The Super Eagles are grouped alongside Croatia and Iceland for the World Cup, and the two teams lost in their warm-up matches against Peru and Mexico respectively.
Super Eagles group D opponents Croatia lose to Peru
Croatia lost 2-0 in a friendly match against Peru played in Miami, USA.
The European side fielded a strong lineup but were unable to break down their South American opponents.
Wearing their newly unveiled kits, Croatia conceded the first goal in the 12th minute scored by Andre Carrillo.
Peru doubled their lead in the 49th minute through Edison Flores as they held on for the win.
Speaking after the game Head coach of Croatia, Zlatko Dalic admitted he side were inferior.
“They are a World Cup team who played even more aggressive after taking the lead. Croatia then had to attack and watch out for counterattacks, and it was difficult to come back, especially following a defensive mistake.”
We’ve lost too many balls, too often used back-passing, and the Peruvians were extremely quick to react” Dalic said
Super Eagles group D opponents Iceland lose to Mexico
Iceland lost 3-0 in a friendly match against Mexico played in San Fransico, USA.
Iceland played in their new kits against Mexico who took the lead in the 37th minute through Marco Fabian, before Miguel Layun wrapped up the result for Mexico with a brace in the 65th and 90th minute.
The defeats for Iceland and Croatia comes after group opponents Argentina defeated Italy 2-0, while the Super Eagles defeated Poland 1-0.
Super Eagles group D opponents continue their preparation for the tournament when Argentina take on Spain same day the Super Eagles play Serbia, on Tuesday, March 27.
While Mexico takes on Croatia and Iceland face Peru on Wednesday, March 28.