Maradona confident Argentina can qualify ahead of Nigeria

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

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".

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were, on Friday, drawn in Group D to play against Iceland, Croatia and nemesis, Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup scheduled to hold in Russian Federation.

Other countries in the group are Iceland and Croatia.

The Super Eagles will also be brimming with optimism after beating Argentina 4-2 in a recent friendly in Krasnodar, Russia on Nov 14.

It is the fifth time Nigeria will be pitched against the South Americans. "I spoke to their coach [Heimir Hallgrimsson] and he said, "Oh no, not you again". "As for our other opponents, I think Nigeria should be able to beat them comfortably and qualify for the knockout stage", Sanda said. This Nigeria/Argentina love affair is becoming too much.

"Even though the like of Croatia are not pushovers, boasting of players such as Perisic, Mandzukic, Modric and Rakitic".




Iceland qualified by topping a European qualifying group that included Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine and Finland, winning seven of their 10 games and losing just two. Spain were thumped 5-1 by the Netherlands while Portugal were routed 4-0 by eventual champions Germany. Hard group but we will take our chances. But, it is an exciting one.

The country went into that game in danger of missing out not only on direct qualification but a spot in the playoffs. "But our aim has to be to top the group", he said. I played with Bogdan at Hadjuk Split and I know that Croatian players are quick and technically very strong.

"It's a tough group, it will be big fight", the 29-year-old told 24 sata.

Argentina did not book their spot in Russian Federation until their final qualifier, a 3-1 win at Ecuador on October 10, with captain Lionel Messi scoring a hat trick.

Gary Lineker, who played in the 1986 and 1990 finals for England and scored in both competitions, conducted the Draw alongside Russian star Maria Komandnaya.

"Wow - what a draw!"

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