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Nigeria eye shock win after Argentina SWC draw

Nigeria eye shock win after Argentina SWC draw

However, Argentina have come out tops the four times they have clashed with the West Africans at the World Cup - 2-1 (1994), 1-0 (2002), 1-0 (2010), 3-2 (2014). Argentina have to step up their game. I think we can be happy, we can get out of the group, but it will be hard, " Dalic told HTV, according to net.hr.

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic is relishing a World Cup showdown with Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.

Then he wants a divorce after his team completes its Group D fixtures against Nigeria and old rival Croatia.

At the glitzy event in Kremlin hosted by England legend, Gary Lineker and Russian journalist, Maria Komandnaya, hosts Russia were thrown in Group A and will play the opening match against Saudi Arabia on June 14.

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 previous year where they beat England at the quarter-final stage.

While Argentina have never met World Cup debutants Iceland on the global stage, they only have to look at England's shock last-16 2-1 defeat at Euro 2016 to know that the Nordic nation will not be pushovers. They also have [Mario] Madzukic as a No. 9. I saw them play at the European Championship in 2016 and the supporters were very massive as they got all the way to the quarter-finals.

Iceland will be the smallest nation to ever play in a World Cup, and Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson admitted they will have their work cut out for them. We could play a friendly against Serbia, who play a similar football to Croatia. Iceland is a good team, they are strong and they have the best fans in Europe. "But I am confident that we can make it out of the group", he said.

The German manager, however, asked the Nigerian team not to expect a re-occurrence of what happened on November 14, stressing that not just the Argentine but other opponents in the group were ranked better by Federation Internationale de Football Association.