Croa­tia are fly­ing be­lieves Mo­dric

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - WORLD CUP -

GROUP D: Cap­tain Luca Mo­dric be­lieves Croa­tia’s open­ing 2-0 win over Nige­ria can give them “wings” as his side pre­pares to next face Ar­gentina.

An own goal from Stoke­bound Oghenekaro Etebo broke the dead­lock just af­ter the halfhour mark, with a penalty from Mo­dric with 20 min­utes left se­cur­ing three points for Zlatko Dalic’s men.

“We were just fo­cused on our game and it was an im­por­tant win, which will boost our con­fi­dence for the forth­com­ing matches. This will lift us to con­tinue our jour­ney,” said Real Madrid mid­fielder Mo­dric.

“I be­lieve that on the wings of this win we will up our game and con­tinue our jour­ney in the way that we planned be­fore com­ing here.”

Mo­dric, though, ac­cepts the test against Ar­gentina will be a step up. “Ar­gentina is go­ing to be a very dif­fi­cult match against maybe the favourites in the group,” Mo­dric said. “But this win will boost our con­fi­dence and as we go along, we will raise our game – but to get three points against them will be tough.”

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