Croatia Manager Zlatko Dalic Wary Of Nigeria Threat — FIFA WC

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But they will first have to navigate past a tricky Group D, after the World Cup draw was made at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Friday (Saturday, Dec 2, Singapore time).

But it was a "favourable draw" to caption the positve feelings of Nigeria after the Super Eagle escaped "group of death" unlike Morocco in Group B with Portugal, Spain and Iran or Group F which has Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

"This is the youngest team in Nigeria's history in the World Cup".

After opening their campaign against Argentina in Moscow on June 16, Iceland will face Nigeria on June 22 in Volgograd and Croatia on June 26 in Rostov-on-Don.

You would recall that the Eagles beat Argentina 3-1 in a historic friendly match and had a fine run in the qualifiers after topping group 1 that included Algeria, Zambia and Cameroon.

A cross-section of football fans who spoke at the Abuja National Stadium said in spite of the Super Eagles being drawn against Argentina, the draw was fair enough.

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.

"It will be more hard now than before because they know how we play and so we can't surprise them".


Incidentally, both teams experienced harrowing openers against top teams as they failed to make the knockout stage four years ago in Brazil. They are going to make us fight but it will depend on us.

"However, whatever group we are in, we need to progress".

The three-time African champions will play their opening game against Croatia.

While Iceland isn't a pushover, it will be tough group for the world's underdogs. "With this draw, we have a good chance of qualifying from the group".

Argentina will be the opponent for Iceland's debut as the smallest nation ever to play at a World Cup finals tournament.

"I think Croatia is a bigger threat in that group".

But facing Lionel Messi and Argentina, ranked fourth in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, will be another challenge.

"It will be an interesting group and our last game against Argentina might decides a lot for us".

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