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Football fans happy with Nigeria's group

02 December 2017, 12:32 | Sherry Padilla

Football fans happy with Nigeria's group

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

Prior to winning the World Cup at the last edition in Brazil, Joachim Low's side struggled against African oppositions when Miroslav Klose came off the bench to secure a 2-2 draw against Ghana.

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.

Also in the group are Croatia and Iceland. It will be interesting to have a good friendly (match), for example, against Serbia because they play similar football.

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".

Nigeria will face Croatia on June 17, 2018 in the first group game, they will then tackle Iceland six days later while the game against Argentina will be on June 27.

"They beat Greece in the playoffs to qualify for the World Cup".

Rohr told BBC, "I know Germany very well and sometimes they have difficulties against African teams". It will also be a hard game for them.


Should they finish in the top two, they will meet either the winners or runners-up of Group C, which include 1998 champions France, Denmark and Peru, in the last 16.

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

Iceland will be the smallest nation to ever play in a World Cup, and Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson admitted they will have their work cut out for them.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic acknowledged that Argentina would be favoured to win the group.

Meanwhile, in the Super Eagles players' reactions, defender Leon Balogun was the first to take to his Twitter handle to express his opinion on the draw. "Iceland are very strong physically, have the best fans in Europe".

Iceland will arrive in Russian Federation as less of a surprise after its stunning European Championship debut previous year. "But I am confident that we can make it out of the group", he said.

Coach Gernot Rohr said what last month's win over Argentina has shown is that anything is possible with his young team.



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