Monday, 11 December, 2017

Nigeria draw Argentina again

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Nigeria draw Argentina again
Elias Hubbard | 02 December, 2017, 01:06

Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who helped conduct the draw, expressed reservations over his country's prospects. "They cannot play as badly as they are doing", said Maradona after the draw in Moscow.

Ahead of the clash between Argentina and Nigeria in Russian Federation come 2018, here are the necessary facts you need to know about ...

"What we have to do is to prepare well especially for our first game against Croatia with good friendlies, maybe against Serbia because its not easy to play this team", Gernot Rohr told the NFF.

Lionel Messi and company laboured till the final day of the South American qualifiers to book their flight to Russian Federation 2018.

"I believe we have the quality to go through".

However, Argentina have come out tops the four times they have clashed with the West Africans at the World Cup - 2-1 (1994), 1-0 (2002), 1-0 (2010), 3-2 (2014).

"It is a feasible challenge because of the type of teams".

Russian Federation will start the world cup with Saudi Arabi. Nigeria is unpredictable, they are very fast. "They are very strong".

Iceland qualified by topping a European qualifying group that included Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine and Finland, winning seven of their 10 games and losing just two.

Zlatko Dalić: "It could have been better, it could have been worse". "I think we can navigate our way into the knockout stages but it's going to be tough. But our aim has to be to top the group", he said. "This will be an experience but really hard".

Their spirited display lifted by their vocal travelling fans gave a new meaning to worldwide football.

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.

"We deserve to be here, " he said.

Despite having to face Messi, Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo was pleased to avoid the other giants of world football. "I hope we keep on making people happy". Hard group but we will take our chances.

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