By 90Min
June 17, 2018

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic told reporters that his team 'earned their luck' after two set-piece goals helped them to a 2-0 victory against Nigeria in the World Cup on Saturday.

A penalty from Luka Modric sealed the victory for the Croatians, after Oghenekaro Etebo scored an unfortunate own goal in the first half.

Dalic's side put in a below par performance, despite their victory, but the manager was keen to defend his men when speaking to reporters in the post-match press conference.

"A win is a win," he said, per FourFourTwo. "Corners and penalties are part of football. It doesn't matter how you score, it matters that you score. We earned our luck. We want to be more efficient in attack but we are not going to split hairs about the way we scored. 

"It was a difficult match against an excellent opponent. We were disciplined and we deservedly won."

Centre back pairing Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida did enough to impress their manager, who picked them out for praise after the match.

"They played instead of Corluka as they are faster and they deserved their places," said Dalic. "They both played well, firm and reliable with no mistakes.

"Corluka is important for us, he did not play because of our style of play, but we start preparations for Argentina tomorrow and will check the condition of the players."

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Croatia now move on to face Argentina in their next group game, a task the manager knows will require a stronger performance from his men, whilst sticking to their own style of play.

"We will have some tweaks when we play Argentina but we will not be calculating - we are going to play our game. I said after the draw it would be one of the easiest matches we could play. It will be a joy to play against one of the best teams in the world.

"We will have to play our best game. We have scouted Argentina in our best detail. We put Nigeria behind us, and we will play our style of football however much we respect Argentina."

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