Croatia made a splash in their first World Cup as an independent nation taking third place in France in 1998 but have not advanced out of the group stage since.
Nigeria won just once at the 2014 Brazil World Cup but still advanced to the knockout round.
Nigeria was the first nation to qualify from Africa for the 2018 tournament, finishing top of a group featuring Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria.
Previous meetings: The two have never met.
City: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad