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World Cup Draw Live in Moscow! Who's in Croatia's Group?

02 December 2017, 12:43 | Leigh Flowers

World Cup Draw Live in Moscow! Who's in Croatia's Group?

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were, on Friday, drawn in Group D to play against Iceland, Croatia and nemesis, Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup scheduled to hold in Russian Federation. Iceland and Croatia are in there as well to make things even more interesting.

Nigeria have never reached the quarter-finals and lost 3-2 to Argentina in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when they were beaten by France in the last 16.

After going through their World Cup qualifying phase unbeaten (amassing a total of 14 points from a possible 18), the Eagles will again face a recurring historic war of battling Argentina, one of the terrifying team in group D for the fifth time, three times in a row.

The draws held on December 1 at the Moscow State Kremlin revealed Nigeria will be in Group D with the two-time champions and runner-ups of the 2014 edition, and will be joined by Croatia and debutants Iceland.


"This is the youngest team in Nigeria's history in the World Cup". However, the opposition in Russian Federation will be considerably tougher as both Croatia and Iceland performed reasonably well in their qualifying games.

Asked if he was expecting to be everyone's second-favourite team next year in Russia, Hallgrimsson said shyly: "We hope so".

The confidence of the all-action defender was certainly buoyed by the Eagles impressive 4-2 win over the South Americans in a friendly last month also in Russian Federation.

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. Boasting the continent's best player in Mohammed Salah and with the motivation of a first appearance at the global event in 28 years, they will have much confidence facing the main threat in Group A which will be Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani's Uruguay.


A draw there would see the Super Eagles advance, providing Nigeria haven't slipped up before then.

"We have to prepare well for our opening game (vs Croatia)".

A number of high profile figures Football figure will be involved in the draw, including the all-time World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose, who will carry the trophy onto the stage. Spain were thumped 5-1 by the Netherlands while Portugal were routed 4-0 by eventual champions Germany. "As for our other opponents, I think Nigeria should be able to beat them comfortably and qualify for the knockout stage", Sanda said.




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