Russian Federation 2018: Nigeria in same group with Argentina, Croatia, Iceland
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 02, 2017,
Dec 02, 2017, 0:29
Iceland is not a pushover, and many in the soccer world feel that Argentina, a two-time World Cup victor, drew one of the toughest groups in the tournament.
The draw which will be held at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow will see the possibility of the Super Eagles being drawn against any of the World best teams.
He said: "Our first game will be against Croatia".
"They did it in 2014 and lost against France but last time they were in Pot 3 and now we are Pot 4, so it will be more hard".
"I think (our fans) will be stars in the World Cup, happy people".
Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria will battle it out in group D. Like wise Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in group E. Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea have group F to prove themselves.
"Argentina we know them, they are a very good team".
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Legendary Diego Maradona, who led his country to win the 1986 World Cup and also coached them at the 2010 event, was very much aware of their struggles and admitted they will have to step up their game if they hope to emerge from Group D.
It starts with their opening game against Croatia.
While the South Americans did edge out the Africans 1-0 then, their three other World Cup meetings have all been nervy affairs won by a one-goal margin in 1994 (2-1), 2010 (1-0) and 2014 (3-2). It will also be a hard game for them.
Iceland will be the smallest nation to ever play in a World Cup, and Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson admitted they will have their work cut out for them.
Messi and the two-time champion lie in wait for Iceland on June 16 at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Iceland is a good team, they are strong and they have the best fans in Europe. It had an impressive run to World Cup qualification, beating notable teams like Croatia, Ukraine, and Turkey.
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson joked that he wanted a divorce from Croatia, after they were drawn together again after also facing off in the UEFA qualifying campaign, with each side winning at home.
"Anyway, we should be able to make it to the round of 16". "We aim to progress from the group".