Rohr: Nigeria-Argentina clash could determine our fate

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Iceland, the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup, topped their group to make it to the finals, following up an impressive debut at Euro 2016 a year ago where they beat England at the quarter-final stage.

The Super Eagles have been drawn for a fifth time with Argentina at the World Cup.

Croatia national team coach Zlatko Dalic has cautioned his side to be wary of the threat Nigeria will pose to them in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Argentina on their part have kept three clean sheets.

Neither opponent represent easy foe, and both will test Gernot Rohr's Eagles. The question is why do we have Argentina always in our group in every world cup?

Croatia eliminated Greece 4-1 on aggregate in the European final playoffs to qualify for this Mundial.

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.

So how do they negotiate their way to the next round? We are realistic, we wait for the draw and afterwards, we will organise our planning and our friendly games.

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.


The World Cup groups were determined according to the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings for October 2017.

After losing 0-1 to Germany in extra time at the last World Cup final, Argentina and their talisman Lionel Messi will be desperate to lift the trophy.

Argentina legend, Diego Maradona is confident that Argentina will make it through to the last sixteen of the 2018 World Cup after the two-time world champions were pitted against Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia in Group D, AOIFootball.com reports.

A draw there would see the Super Eagles advance, providing Nigeria haven't slipped up before then.

"We know about Argentina, they are a good team".

In Group H which has one of the african representatives (Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan) there is very 50-50 chance that Senegal will be one of the two teams that will successfully scale the qualification huddle in the group. It will be more hard than in the friendly.

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

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