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Nigeria draw Argentina again

02 December, 2017, 01:05 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • The World Cup draw Groups A-D

Also in the group are Croatia and Iceland.

Iceland made history by becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the Mundial earlier this year, and they've already shown what they are capable of in the big tournaments by eliminating England in last year's European championship.

However, they will do well to take heed of the dangers their opponents pose. In the four tournaments since Nigeria's first appearance at the global soccer fiesta in 1994, Nigeria has qualified from the Group stages on two occasions - '94 and 2014 - but did not make it out of the group from an Argentina group in 2002 and 2010.

A cross-section of football fans in Abuja on Friday expressed satisfaction with the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup draw, adding that Nigeria got "a fair deal".

The Eagles last month stunned Argentina 4-2 in an worldwide friendly played in Krasnodar, Russia, but have lost all previous World Cup clashes against the Albiceleste by the lone goal.

Each of Argentina's four previous encounters with the Croatians have been similarly close, winning by the narrowest of margins.

World Cup draw E-H
World Cup draw E-H

At the 1994 FIFA World Cup Claudio Caniggia scored a brace as the Diego Maradona-inspired side came back to win 2-1 after Samson Siasia's sublime opener at the Foxboro, Boston.

However, Croatia did edge Argentina 3-2 in a friendly in 2006.

They boast several top-class players like captain Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Parisic and Mario Mandzukic under the guidance of coach Zlatko Dalic. Argentina have to step up their game.

"Nigeria has a young team, very fast". Morocco will have their work cut out against Cristiano Ronaldo and company, as well as 2010 World Champions Spain.

Instead, Gareth Southgate's Three Lions are likely to ease past Tunisia and first-timers Panama, even if they could struggle against the talented Belgians. Whereas group C has France Australia, Peru and Denmark.

There's more life than death in the 2018 FIFA World Cup groups.

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