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

Posted December 02, 2017

One Super Eagles star whose wish has come to pass is defender William Troost-Ekong, who before Friday's World Cup draw told a Dutch publication he would be delighted for Nigeria to again come up against Argentina at Russian Federation 2018.

Other countries in the group are Iceland and Croatia.

However, they will do well to take heed of the dangers their opponents pose.

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

"The battle between Nigeria and Argentina has always been a thriller and the Eagles' 4-2 win against the Argentines recently in a friendly match has made it even sweeter ahead of their Russian Federation 2018 group stage encounter".

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Croatia on the 16 June.

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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However, Croatia did edge Argentina 3-2 in a friendly in 2006. A recent 4 - 2 exhibition victory would inspire some confidence, even if that Argentine team was without its talisman, Lionel Messi. I saw them play at the European Championship in 2016 and the supporters were very massive as they got all the way to the quarter-finals. 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.

Incidentally, both teams experienced harrowing openers against top teams as they failed to make the knockout stage four years ago in Brazil.

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

The 32 teams were divided into four pots of eight based on their October FIFA world rankings and were drawn into eight groups of four from A to H.

France will also face Australia, Peru, and Denmark in Group C, while title holders Germany as well as Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea were drawn in Group F.

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