Nigeria draw Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D

Phillip Cunningham
December 2, 2017

Russian Federation 2018 will be their fifth World Cup appearance.

Federation Internationale de Football Association conducted the World Cup draw in Friday, not only setting groups, matchups and schedules but also creating a number of intriguing storylines.

Hallgrimsson said his team fancied their chances against all three opponents, although he conceded that Iceland's odds against two-time World Cup winners Argentina "were less than against the others".

The Eagles have already clashed with Argentina 4 times at the World Cup in 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

On this week's episode of the "NESN Soccer Show", Courtney Cox, Marc DiBenedetto and Marcus Kwesi O'Mard join the debate and determine Group D - Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria - deserves the "Group of Death" moniker. Argentina have to step up their game.

Iceland qualified for its first World Cup this year.


As The New York Times' Rory Smith argued, if Argentina can improve its defense, a semifinals appearance in the World Cup could be a slightly pessimistic possibility.

In Group F, world number one team Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in a bid to win their fifth World Cup. All fingers will be crossed for that particular encounter knowing full well that the Nigeria national team beat Argentina 3-1 in a historic friendly match.

With much of the world cheering on, Iceland's magical spell shattered after they received a 5-2 thumping from tournament hosts France.

Jorge Sampaoli told FIFA.com: "The only thing I can tell our fans is that we will make Argentina proud". We hope we keep on making people happy.

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". 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.

"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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