"Argentina again?" Two African nations in groups of death and more

Diego Maradona set in motion Argentina’s supremacy over the Super Eagles at the 1994 World Cup in USA

Nigeria first played against Argentina in the 1994 World Cup.

They fought hard before falling to Argentina 2-1 in their debut finals, winning plaudits for bringing sub-Saharan African flare to the game.

"For us, we have to take each opponent very serious right from our first game against Croatia. We can not surprise them like we did the last time, and now they will play with (Lionel) Messi", he added.

In Previous outings, For instance, In USA 1994, Nigeria was placed in Group D of the tournament, alongside Argentina, Bulgaria and Greece.

"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".

Argentina were beaten finalists when Germany triumphed at Brazil 2014, but they needed heroics from Messi, who scored a hat-trick in their final qualifier against Ecuador, to get to the finals this time around. We are realistic, we wait for the draw and afterwards, we will organise our planning and our friendly games.

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Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr has suggested that the June 27th clash between Nigeria and Argentina could determine his team's progress at the 2018 world cup in Russian Federation. They also have [Mario] Madzukic as a No. 9.

Their spirited display lifted by their vocal travelling fans gave a new meaning to global football. At the tournament in Brazil, the Super Eagles qualified as the second best from the Group which included Bosnia, and Iran after nicking a one-goal win over the former and playing out a goalless draw with the latter.

We have a young team and we are going to the World Cup to go and learn.

Based on the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings Guardian Uk predicts Brazil, Iceland, England and Nigeria to be in the same group.

"Since I arrived, I think we have moved up 17-18 places so we have a better Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking now. But I am confident that we can make it out of the group", he said.

The team's last group match will be against Argentina in St Petersburg on June 26.

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