Nigeria draw Argentina for 5th time

Nigeria draw Argentina for 5th time

One Super Eagles star whose wish has come to pass is defender William Troost-Ekong, who before Friday's World Cup draw told a Dutch publication he would be delighted for Nigeria to again come up against Argentina at Russian Federation 2018.

The first and only time Nigeria met Iceland was in an global friendly in Reykjavik, August 22, 1981, Nigeria lost 3-0. Argentina on their part have kept three clean sheets.

However, it was in the playoffs that they came good, hammering Greece 4-1 before drawing 0-0 in the second leg.

So how do they negotiate their way to the next round?

"For us, we have to take each opponent very serious right from our first game against Croatia".




"I believe this because if they look at our past records, especially our qualification to the World Cup not losing any game and our last friendly win over Argentina".

Nigerians were relieved by the draw, hoping that the Super Eagles would not draw into the group of death which consists of the hardest teams grouped into one.

They beat Bulgaria in 1994, Spain in 1998, and Bosnia in 2014, drawing with England 2002, and will be aiming for at least four points heading into their final fixture against Argentina.

Former Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen has warned Group D is not about Argentina and Nigeria as both Croatia and Iceland will also have a say in this group.

A draw there would see the Super Eagles advance, providing Nigeria haven't slipped up before then. Boasting the continent's best player in Mohammed Salah and with the motivation of a first appearance at the global event in 28 years, they will have much confidence facing the main threat in Group A which will be Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani's Uruguay. "Argentina have a manageable group but they have to improve". "Iceland are very strong physically, have the best fans in Europe". 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.

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