'Group Of Death' Has Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland In 2018

Dec 02, 2017, 00:43
'Group Of Death' Has Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland In 2018

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has admitted his team will no longer surprise Argentina at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation after a recent 4-2 win in a friendly, while also revealing he will consider a friendly against Serbia to prepare for an opening Group D clash against Croatia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Friday's Final Draw for the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup took place at the State Kremlin Palace. Iceland and Croatia are in there as well to make things even more interesting. They met again at the group stage three other times in 2002, 2010, 2014.

Messi and Argentina have lost three straight finals at major competitions in a three-year span, with the first coming at the 2014 World Cup against Germany.

A monitor displays group D after the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1, 2017.

Only at the 1998 Finals in France did Nigeria not meet Argentina at a World Cup.

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

Iceland and Croatia were paired together in qualification, claiming a win apiece, and Dalic added: "Iceland, we know them well".

A cross-section of football fans who spoke at the Abuja National Stadium said in spite of the Super Eagles being drawn against Argentina, the draw was fair enough.

Champions Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, in what seems to be a tough group.

Speaking with the NationSports on Wednesday, the coach of the Super eagles, Rohr believes that Nigeria is ready to face any teams in Russian Federation.

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"This is a hard group, but I think we can spring a surprise". "I hope we keep on making people happy".

It's the first game and if we start well we can have a chance to go through.

They will then face World Cup debutants Panama on June 24th. "We can not surprise them like we did the last time, and now they will play with (Lionel) Messi", he added.

"This is because it could have been worse like the Morocco situation where the Africans have been pitted against the likes of Euro champions Portugal and Spain".

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