02 December, 2017
Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr took out time to share his thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of Group D opponents Argentina, Croatia and Iceland and also hinted about what Nigeria must do to come out of the group in next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.
They met in the final Group H match at the 1998 World Cup in France, and with qualification assured, a 36th-minute victor by defender Mauricio Pineda was enough for the South Americans to top the group.
1998 champions France will be clear favourite in this group with Didier Deschamps' men boasting some of the finest stars in world football at the moment.
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 are connected to the romance of the World Cup", Heimir Hallgrimsson, the coach of the smallest of the 32 nations at the marquee June 14-July 15 competition, said after the draw in the State Kremlin Palace.
Although they showed great character in coming from behind to beat the Argentines 4-2 in a recent friendly match, it will require a tremendous performance to repeat the feat at the World Cup.
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have kept only one clean sheet in seven encounters with Argentina.
After Argentina it will play Croatia and Nigeria, two other hard teams.
"Anyway, we should be able to make it to the round of 16".
Group B sees 2010 winners Spain and current European champions Portugal drawn with Morocco and Iran, who are managed by Portuguese Carlos Queiroz. We need to establish a way and be the Argentina we want to be.
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. It had an impressive run to World Cup qualification, beating notable teams like Croatia, Ukraine, and Turkey. "We aim to progress from the group". "I think we can navigate our way into the knockout stages but it's going to be tough".
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.