World Cup Draw Live in Moscow! Who's in Croatia's Group?

Lydia Fleming
December 2, 2017

Messi and Argentina were placed alongside Croatia, Nigeria and tournament debutants Iceland in a tough-looking Group D at Friday's draw in Moscow.

"This is the youngest team in Nigeria's history in the World Cup".

A cross-section of football fans in Abuja on Friday expressed satisfaction with the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup draw, adding that Nigeria got "a fair deal".

"Our fans will come in numbers to Russian Federation and they will be the top stars of the World Cup in Russian Federation, they will be happy people".

A draw there would see the Super Eagles advance, providing Nigeria haven't slipped up before then.

In Group H which has one of the african representatives (Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan) there is very 50-50 chance that Senegal will be one of the two teams that will successfully scale the qualification huddle in the group.

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"We seem to be a married couple, " Hallgrimsson joked after being drawn to play the Croats for the third time in five years of World Cup play.

However, Nigeria will face Croatia in their opening match.

"Anyway, we should be able to make it to the round of 16".

Before the draw, Coach Gernor Rohr in an interview os Super Sport tactically spilled the fear that he would not mind any country in the group stage but however mentioned that Germany, Spain and England could be a nightmare if the super Eagles are peered in the same group with the top football nation countries. We need to establish a way and be the Argentina we want to be.

Also in the group are Croatia and Iceland.

The three-time African champions will play their opening game against Croatia.

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

Sampaoli said: "These are rivals that are coming with few obligations and a lot of enthusiasm for a unique opportunity as the World Cup is".

"This is an incredibly hard group", he said.

But facing Lionel Messi and Argentina, ranked fourth in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, will be another challenge.

The most tantalising group-stage clash will be Group B's first game between European champions Portugal and 2010 winners Spain on June 15 in Sochi.

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