Nigeria Paired With Argentina In World Cup Group Stage

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The Super Eagles have lost all four previous World Cup meetings with La Albiceleste - in 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 - albeit by slim scorelines.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli reassured fans his national team will be "very competitive" at the 2018 World Cup despite criticism from Diego Maradona following Friday's draw.

However, the opposition in Russian Federation will be considerably tougher as both Croatia and Iceland performed reasonably well in their qualifying games.

"Our wins against Argentina were in friendly matches and I will expect us to get maximum points against Croatia and Iceland, so the Argentina game will not be that crucial for us to come out of this tough group", said the 1997 African Footballer of the Year.

"I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round", he said.

"Even though the like of Croatia are not pushovers, boasting of players such as Perisic, Mandzukic, Modric and Rakitic". Morocco will have their work cut out against Cristiano Ronaldo and company, as well as 2010 World Champions Spain.

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The country went into that game in danger of missing out not only on direct qualification but a spot in the playoffs. "We aim to progress from the group". I played with Bogdan at Hadjuk Split and I know that Croatian players are quick and technically very strong.

"I think Croatia is a bigger threat in that group". Here are some of the best reactions regarding said draw.

Argentina did not book their spot in Russian Federation until their final qualifier, a 3-1 win at Ecuador on October 10, with captain Lionel Messi scoring a hat trick.

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Nigeria will take on Croatia on June 16 in Kaliningrad, before facing Iceland on June 22 in Volgograd and Argentina on June 26 in St. Petersburg.

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