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

Meanwhile that African giants, Nigeria have been drawn in the same group as Argentina for the fifth time in their six World Cup tournaments means that Gernor Rohr side has a familiar foe in the group stage.

"It is a World Cup and we have to face the best".

Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria will battle it out in group D. Like wise Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in group E. Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea have group F to prove themselves.

At precisely 18:00 Moscow time, the highly anticipated draw for the World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation began. The quality of the opposition awaiting the Super Eagles next year should require that every single one of the 23 who eventually makes the plane would be there on form and fitness, ability and, to a lesser extent, contribution to the qualifying campaign.

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.

When asked about Maradona's remarks, Sampaoli said: "I hope we have the possibility during this time to train and play better".

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Then, Iceland opened against soccer's other superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and drew 1-1 with eventual champion Portugal to start a fairytale journey into the quarterfinals. We need to establish a way and be the Argentina we want to be.

"Our wins against Argentina were in friendly matches and I will expect us to get maximum points against Croatia and Iceland, so the Argentina game will not be that crucial for us to come out of this tough group", said the 1997 African Footballer of the Year.

"I hope that Icelandic fans will come to Russian Federation and stay at least for the three first games, and then I don't know how long they will stay, but hopefully they will see us through to the end of the tournament".

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

A number of high profile figures Football figure will be involved in the draw, including the all-time World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose, who will carry the trophy onto the stage. "But I am confident that we can make it out of the group", he said.

Coach Gernot Rohr said what last month's win over Argentina has shown is that anything is possible with his young team.

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