Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Nigeria to meet Argentina for 5th time at group stage

Nigeria to meet Argentina for 5th time at group stage

Croatia who made their debut at the World Cup in 1998 finishing at third-place boasts A-list players in Europe such as the Real Madrid duo of Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic and Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic.

In Previous outings, For instance, In USA 1994, Nigeria was placed in Group D of the tournament, alongside Argentina, Bulgaria and Greece. "So we have to learn", German coach Rohr said after also drawing Iceland and Croatia in a tricky Group D.

He gave the warning on Friday at the ceremony for the World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow.

Still, romance blossomed in the smiling coach's words as he reflected on a tough but fascinating group. 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.

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While Argentina have never met World Cup debutants Iceland on the worldwide 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.

Five-time World Player of the Year Messi, 31, will once again be required to provide inspiration at possibly his last World Cup, but with a plethora of attacking talents such as Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala, Jorge Sampaoli's men will be favourites to score the goals required to progress.

Iceland and their Viking fans became the Euro 2016 darlings after shocking England 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

Sampaoli said: "These are rivals that are coming with few obligations and a lot of enthusiasm for a unique opportunity as the World Cup is". They will enjoy Russian Federation, " said the coach, who is a qualified dentist.

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"I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round", he said.

Still, Hallgrimsson is serious about advancing to the Round of 16.

"But we also played without Victor Moses", Rohr said in reference to the talented Chelsea winger. "With this draw, we have a good chance of qualifying from the group".

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