Iceland drew a brutal match in its first World Cup

Georgia Reed
December 2, 2017

At the event, Nigeria were drawn in Group D with two-time former World Cup winners Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli reassured fans his national team will be "very competitive" at the 2018 World Cup despite criticism from Diego Maradona following Friday's draw.

While Iceland isn't a pushover, it will be tough group for the world's underdogs.

Croatia have qualified for the World Cup on five occasions 1998, 2002, 2006, 2014 and 2018, and finished third in France 1998 after losing only two matches.

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. We showed that it was possible to win against Argentina but it will be a different ball game and we have to be strong both mentally and physically.

Although Nigeria won 4-2 against Argentina the last time they played, Rohr while speaking after the draw said with Messi in their side the June 27th clash will be different.

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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.

They boast several top-class players like captain Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Parisic and Mario Mandzukic under the guidance of coach Zlatko Dalic. In other words, despite recent struggles, Argentina is a team with its eyes on the prize.

A draw there would see the Super Eagles advance, providing Nigeria haven't slipped up before then. We hope we keep on making people happy.

The three-time African champions will play their opening game against Croatia. We could play a friendly against Serbia, who play a similar football to Croatia.

"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". It had an impressive run to World Cup qualification, beating notable teams like Croatia, Ukraine, and Turkey.

While Argentina have never met World Cup debutants Iceland on the global stage, they only have to look at England's shock last-16 2-1 defeat at Euro 2016 to know that the Nordic nation will not be pushovers.

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