Today’s match may be the most fashion forward match of all time. Croatia are sporting a new twist on that classic checkerboard jersey. Nigeria’s stunning striped kit is already breaking record sales and becoming a highly sought after streetwear piece, but will it be enough to overcome the Croatian side?
The answer, sadly, is no.
Nigeria have speed and creativity. Watch out for Victor Moses creating chances on the wing. John Obi Mikel will attempt to spread the Croatian defense.
But here’s the ticker: Experience, not speed, will be the difference.
Croatia’s lineup is no stranger to the big stage. Mario Mandzukic, Luka Modric, and Ivan Rakitic are no stranger to Champions League finals. The Croatian side also held its own in the 2016 Euro Cup, besting Spain and narrowly losing to Portugal who went on to win the tournament. Expect Croatia to control the match.
Prediction: Croatia: 2 Nigeria: 0