FIFA WC: Croatia Manager Zlatko Dalic Wary Of Nigeria Threat

The World Cup draw Groups A-D

Nigeria, quite unsurprisingly, have been grouped with Argentina for the fifth time in World Cup history, but their latest result against the South American side should be quite encouraging.

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.

Nigeria first played against their arch-nemesis Argentina back in the 1994 World Cup.

World Cup draw E-H
World Cup draw E-H

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).

Pundits expect that the pendulum will swing next year in Russian Federation as Argentina appear to be weak and struggled to qualify even with Lionel Messi in the team. In 1995 at the Confederations Cup, and at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups in South Korea /Japan and South Africa.

Victor Ikpeba was quick to point out that Nigeria have beaten the Argentines when it has not really mattered and it would be best they get their points in their opening two group games against Croatia and Iceland before the final game against Argentina so that they could go past the first round in Russian Federation.

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READ: Can Nigeria outwit Croatia, Argentina in Group D? Argentina however avenge the defeat when it defeated Nigeria 3-1 in an global friendly in September 2011. "So we have to learn", German coach Rohr said after also drawing Iceland and Croatia in a tricky Group D.

The Super Eagles will play its first game of the prestigious competition against Croatia on June 16, in Kaliningrad.

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

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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.

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.

Former England captain Alan Shearer is confident England can profit from Gareth Southgate's experience of tournament football at the highest level. England were drawn alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in Group G at the ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow.

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