Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D opponents, Croatia and Iceland, lost their warm-up friendlies on Saturday against Peru and Mexico respectively.
Croatia lost 2-0 to South American team, Peru in Miami, United States, despite featuring a very strong team, including Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.
Wearing their newly unveiled kits, the Croats conceded the first goal in the 12th minute, and the Peruvians doubled their lead in the 49th minute through Edison Flores.
Zlatko Dalic, Crotia’s national team coach, speaking after the game, admitted his 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
More so, Iceland got white-washed 3-0 by Mexico in San Fransisco. Also donning their new kits, the would-be World Cup debutants conceded the first goal in the 37th minute through Marco Fabian, before Miguel Layun wrapped up the result with a brace in the 65th and 90th minute.
The defeats for Iceland and Croatia comes after group opponents Argentina defeated Italy 2-0, and the Super Eagles edged Poland 1-0.
The teams would continue preparations ahead of the tournament next Tuesday, when Argentina take on Spain and the Super Eagles play Serbia. Mexico take on Croatia, while Iceland face Peru on Wednesday.