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World Cup Draw Live in Moscow! Who's in Croatia's Group?


Accessing the chances of other African countries, a look across the other groups drawn for the 2018 World Cup show that the continent's best ranked team, Egypt, in a relatively easier group than the other four teams.

Iceland and Croatia make up the European contingents, having also been drawn together in qualifying.

The last time Argentina failed to make it past the group stages of the World Cup was in 2002, when they were also grouped with Nigeria.

Draw assistants were Laurent Blanc (1998 World Cup victor with France); Gordon Banks (goalkeeper of England's 1966 winning squad) and Cafu (two -time victor with Brazil).

Musa also became the first Nigerian player to score a brace in a World Cup finals match.

Also involved in the Final Draw were Fabio Cannavaro (Italy's 2006 winning captain), Diego Forlan of Uruguay (winners in 1930 and 1950) and Diego Maradona (who led Argentina to victory in 1986, after they won at home in 1978).

The last was last month when they beat them 4-2 in Krasnodar, Russia. A recent 4 - 2 exhibition victory would inspire some confidence, even if that Argentine team was without its talisman, Lionel Messi.


It is the fifth time Nigeria will be pitched against the South Americans.

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. It will also be a hard game for them.

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson is excited about a "romantic" World Cup debut against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

"For us, we have to take each opponent very serious right from our first game against Croatia". We could play a friendly against Serbia, who play a similar football to Croatia.

We have a young team and we are going to the World Cup to go and learn.

Then, Iceland opened against soccer's other superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and drew 1-1 with eventual champion Portugal to start a fairytale journey into the quarterfinals.

Speaking on the strongest team in Group D Argentina, Dalic said: "I wanted to avoid Argentina, namely the two, three strong teams".

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