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Nigeria Drawn in Group D Alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia

Reuters

In the four tournaments since Nigeria's first appearance at the global soccer fiesta in 1994, Nigeria has qualified from the Group stages on two occasions - '94 and 2014 - but did not make it out of the group from an Argentina group in 2002 and 2010.

"Absolutely after the World Cup we are going to get a divorce from Croatia, " Hallgrimsson told reporters Friday at the State Kremlin Palace. While if Germany, Russia, or Poland were drawn, Croatia could not pull Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Serbia. This game will be more hard than the friendly game we won, Messi will be available now.

Nigeria's plan in qualifying from the Group next year could seek to imitate the plan from 2014.

After opening their campaign against Argentina in Moscow on June 16, Iceland will face Nigeria on June 22 in Volgograd and Croatia on June 26 in Rostov-on-Don.

"My expectation is to be in a group of strong teams and being in Pot 4, we are naturally ambitious outsiders".

Legendary Diego Maradona, who led his country to win the 1986 World Cup and also coached them at the 2010 event, was very much aware of their struggles and admitted they will have to step up their game if they hope to emerge from Group D.

"I believe we have the quality to go through".

Although Nigeria won 4-2 against Argentina the last time they played, Rohr while speaking after the draw said with Messi in their side the June 27th clash will be different.

Given the number of times both nations have met, it could be argued that Nigeria should now understand better how to prepare for and prosecute a World Cup game against La Albiceleste. They also have [Mario] Madzukic as a No. 9.

"I think Croatia is a bigger threat in that group".

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have kept only one clean sheet in seven encounters with Argentina. "We aim to progress from the group".

You would recall that the Eagles beat Argentina 3-1 in a historic friendly match and had a fine run in the qualifiers after topping group 1 that included Algeria, Zambia and Cameroon.