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Iceland eyes 'romantic' World Cup debut against Messi

Iceland eyes 'romantic' World Cup debut against Messi

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have kept only one clean sheet in seven encounters with Argentina.

"You can't have a better welcome, " Hallgrimsson said, acknowledging that "there are a lot of romantic things in our heads now we start to play Argentina".

It's worth noting that the Super Eagles do have a good record against European teams at the World Cup, having won five, drawn one and lost two of their previous eight games against teams from the continent.

The country went into that game in danger of missing out not only on direct qualification but a spot in the playoffs.

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. "I hope we keep on making people happy". Iceland and Croatia are in there as well to make things even more interesting. "But our aim has to be to top the group", he said. "We aim to progress from the group".

Seyi Dada-Martins, a multimedia consultant, also said: "It is a very dicey group we have been drawn into, but I'm confident in the abilities of the set of players we have to scale through the group stage". 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.

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

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.

"Wow - what a draw!"

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic is relishing a World Cup showdown with Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano. This group is a challenge, an honour, a chance, an opportunity...it's fire!

However, Nigeria will face Croatia in their opening match.

Watch the above video to see why Group D is the hardest at the 2018 World Cup.

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