Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Iceland relishing Argentina match-up

Iceland relishing Argentina match-up

Nigeria on Friday in Moscow drew Argentina for the fifth time in six appearances of the Super Eagles at the FIFA World Cup finals.

The Eagles last month stunned Argentina 4-2 in an global friendly played in Krasnodar, Russia, but have lost all previous World Cup clashes against the Albiceleste by the lone goal.

"What we have to do is to prepare well especially for our first game against Croatia with good friendlies, maybe against Serbia because its not easy to play this team", Gernot Rohr told the NFF.

However, Nigeria will face Croatia in their opening match.

So the draw for the 2018 World Cup Final tournament has come and gone, with all the qualified select learning their fate on Friday. "How much it is for Iceland against Argentina, I don't know, but we have shown through the years that if we play well, we can at least give them a good game".

"You can't have a better welcome, " Hallgrimsson said, acknowledging that "there are a lot of romantic things in our heads now we start to play Argentina".

"They did it in 2014 and lost against France but last time they were in Pot 3 and now we are Pot 4, so it will be more hard". Argentina have to step up their game.

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.

In South Africa 2010, the Super Eagles were drawn in Group B alongside Argentina, Greece and South Korea in the same group. Whereas group C has France Australia, Peru and Denmark.

A monitor displays group D after the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1, 2017.

In Brazil 2014, the Super Eagles were placed in Group F alongside Argentina, Bosnia and Iran.

Instead, Gareth Southgate's Three Lions are likely to ease past Tunisia and first-timers Panama, even if they could struggle against the talented Belgians. Same as Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan in group H.

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