Nigeria Drawn in Group D Alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia

Nigeria fans celebrate

Nigeria on Friday in Moscow drew Argentina for the fifth time in six appearances of the Super Eagles at the FIFA World Cup finals.

The Eagles last month stunned Argentina 4-2 in an worldwide friendly played in Krasnodar, Russia, but have lost all previous World Cup clashes against the Albiceleste by the lone goal.

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

The team's last game in the group will be on June 26 against Argentina in St Petersburg. "I spoke to their coach [Heimir Hallgrimsson] and he said, "Oh no, not you again". They will enjoy Russian Federation, " said the coach, who is a qualified dentist.

"I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round", he said. Iceland and Croatia are in there as well to make things even more interesting. "We aim to progress from the group". I played with Bogdan at Hadjuk Split and I know that Croatian players are quick and technically very strong. "I think in certain moments in qualifying we gave a glimpse of what we want but we need to use this time to obviously improve".

Lionel Messi and company laboured till the final day of the South American qualifiers to book their flight to Russian Federation 2018.

"What we have to do is to prepare well especially for our first game against Croatia with good friendlies, maybe against Serbia because its not easy to play this team", Gernot Rohr told the NFF.

"Wow - what a draw!"

Hosts Russia and Group A opponents Saudi Arabia will kick off this World Cup on June 14, and the final will be played on July 15, with both games held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. This group is a challenge, an honour, a chance, an opportunity...it's fire!

The first and only time Nigeria met Iceland was in an global friendly in Reykjavik, August 22, 1981, Nigeria lost 3-0.

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

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